However, upon the transition to Smart Factory, the other challenge may emerge since the different devices may historically have used different protocols for data exchange. In this case, it’s better to use MQTT communication protocol that has become a standard for IIoT due to its lightweight overhead two-byte header, publish/subscribe model, and bi-directional capabilities that require minimal network bandwidth.


Perspectives and predictions

It’s still early days of IIoT in the manufacturing industry, and, unfortunately not so many use cases are published to be analyzed and make predictions. However, it’s evident that technology is gaining its popularity and soon, we’ll see new consumer-centric and data-led products and services. What is more, the new concept of connectivity and actionable data will enable custom manufacturing allowing for producing niche solutions rather than mass products. Also, the level of value chain optimization and automation will increase.

As a result, the new Smart Factory will allow companies to build innovative strategies, directed at better products and happier customers.