Internet of Things in Manufacturing: Impact of Wireless Sensor Networks on Machine Health Monitoring

Victor Chang, Sasikanth Loganathan, Lewis Golightly, Qianwen Xu, Ben Liu

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This project focuses on the complexity of the global supply chain, increasing customer expectations and stronger demand for customization and other wide range of challenges that encourage manufacturers to identify and implement innovative techniques that can enhance their competitiveness. Digital transformation is associated with many benefits and the commonly recognized use case is machine condition monitoring. IoT technologies such as radio frequency identification and wireless sensor networks (WSN) are commonly applied in different situations, but the current study will primarily focus on WSN to establish the importance of the Internet of Things (IoT) in manufacturing. Wireless sensor networks can be used to monitor the conditions of the machines and establish areas that need significant improvements to achieve efficiency and quality in the manufacturing process. Based on this information, the primary of the study is to establish the impact of IoT in manufacturing based on the impact of WSN on machine health monitoring. The benefits, challenges and strategies to ensure effective use of IoT in machine status monitoring are identified. Both primary and secondary sources were used whereby data was obtained from the literature data in databases and existing studies. The data collected was analyzed through a thematic approach. The main themes that emerged include IoT and Machine Health Monitoring, manufacturers' use of IoT and whether it is worthy investment, challenges to the use of IoT in the manufacturing sector, and real-time machine monitoring using IoT. The results indicate that interconnected devices enable communication and sending alerts regarding defects and machine malfunctions. IoT helps to rectify the machine to ensure effective performance, reduce production costs, and improve safety and mass customization. Consequently, the main benefits of IoT include faster and more informed decisions, reduced downtime, higher product quality, predictive maintenance and greater energy efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Business Information Systems
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


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