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Capturing insights by connecting things and people (1 of 7): Integration and the internet of everything

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A 2014 Cisco white paper estimates that the “Internet of Everything” will generate $19 trillion in revenue from the private and public sectors between 2013 and 2022. Cisco defines this internet of everything as the networked connection of people, process, data, and things and estimates that 42% of this will come from the “Internet of Things”.

They go on to say that:

The value will come to those who focus on improving their data capabilities (integration, automation, and analysis) and overall process agility — not to those who simply connect the most devices to the network.—Cisco White Paper: Attaining IoT Value: How to Move from Connecting Things to Capturing Insights

So to realize this value as a steel fabricator you will need:

  1. Feedback from connected things (like CNC machines)
  2. Feedback from connected processes driven by people (shipping, change orders, RFIs, off-the-grid (off the network) machines)
  3. Integrated data from the things, processes and people
  4. Automated analysis of this integrated data 
  5. Process agility to leverage the automated feedback 

When feedback requires additional human effort, some steel fabricators decide it's worth the cost while others don't want to invest enough, for long enough, to find out.  FabTrol Pro resolves this by doing the work for you.  It's automatic so you're likely to use it.

  • No more creating a change order and logging it somewhere else. FabTrol Pro logs the change order and its budgetary impact for you.
  • No more sending a transmittal and updating the status of drawings in the drawing log.  FabTrol automatically updates the log.
  • No more human effort to keep a file folder on the network up to date with the latest drawing revisions. The latest revision of a drawing is kept up-to-date by FabTrol Pro and easily accessed from an iPad, Android tablet or desktop browser.
  • No more marking part progress once per day or once per production batch, the machine reports progress for each part automatically

These are just examples of how FabTrol Pro makes it easy to collect and connect data from people and things and deliver insights into your business processes and projects.

Next: Capturing insights by connecting things and people: Feedback from connected things

Brian Williams has spent his adult life working in steel fabrication and technology. Starting as a grinder/wire brush operator in college he worked as a fitter, CNC programmer, production control manager, and VP of Operations for a 4-shop industrial plate and structural fabricator. At FabTrol he has delivered training and implementation services to some of FabTrol's largest customers and designed software as FabTrol's Product Manager. Today, he continues to work in product management and serves as the General Manager of FabTrol Systems.