Cloud Computing for Manufacturers
The manufacturing industry has long been on the verge of a revolution. Today’s advanced technology is disrupting manufacturing, transforming it into a highly technical field. Many successful companies have adopted cloud solutions to streamline their operations, and others have leveraged cloud resources to support peak computing cycles and storage requirements while spending less money. Cloud computing also enables businesses to innovate and create new processes and models.
The following are a few more examples of how manufacturing businesses are using cloud technology:
Remote Asset Management
Managing and tracking hardware and equipment is time-consuming and expensive. Remote asset management enables companies to investigate equipment failures and track metrics without having to send workmen to each individual site.
For example, M.G. Bryan is an equipment company that manufactures industrial engines, generator sets and oil field service equipment. Using Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud infrastructure, M. G. Bryan designed a management system that allows for secure remote access. Its equipment control and management system gives its employees real-time information, automated maintenance alerts, and service and parts delivery requests.
Equipment Information Exchange
With the rise of big data and the ability to capture data and analytics, cloud computing provides a lot of information to business owners. However, for this to be useful, there has to be a way for data to be communicated across platforms.
MTConnect, for instance, is an open protocol standard that lets manufacturing equipment to have a common language to exchange information. The amount of data generated by these processes is difficult to store locally, so cloud storage is a secure, convenient way to solve this problem with virtual servers and web hosting.
Cloud computing is changing a number of different industries, and manufacturing is at the top of the list. Using the cloud enables businesses to be more secure, cost-efficient and collaborative. With these tools, manufacturing companies can be more competitive.