Getting on Board with the Industrial IoT

he 10-ton cranes that moved around pieces of stamped and welded metal to be sent to an auto plant from Kalida Manufacturing in Ohio were burning through parts. Motors, switches and brakes had to be serviced or replaced every couple of months — keeping maintenance costs high and plant managers unable to figure out why. Adding to the mystery: Brand new cranes supplied by Konecranes also went through parts at an alarming rate.

But those new cranes had a feature the older models lacked: they were connected to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which meant that they continually reported operational data to a central database.