Post Pandemic Training Programs

Introduction

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a critical part of Industrial 4.0, which enables remote monitoring, remote control and remote troubleshooting of industrial equipment and processes. Among other things, IoT together with other Industrial 4.0 elements enables real-time monitoring, alert, calculation, and display of metrics such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). As such, it is necessary for every manufacturing employee to have the right understand of Industrial 4.0 and IoT.

The prototype system designed will incorporate various IoT technologies to enable remote monitoring, control, alerting and reporting. For this module, the focus will be on the gateway, cloud and mobile app dashboard implementation using Raspberry Pi, Heroku and Android. Ready-made programs will be developed for participants to run to demonstrate the concepts of a gateway, cloud and mobile app dashboard. To understand and properly operate the system and understand its settings, it is necessary for participants to understand basic IoT design and implementation. The sample modules and programs will then be integrated together at the end to form a complete IoT system for the Balik Pulau lab, enabling remote monitoring, control and troubleshooting of each sensor hub. The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the hottest trends and becoming ubiquitous not only in consumer devices, but also in manufacturing and industry due to its importance as one of the key enablers of Industrial 4.0, as well as the ability to perform remote monitoring, remote control and remote maintenance/troubleshooting of industrial manufacturing machines and processes. Coupled with the increasing availability of IoT-ready devices and the increasing ubiquity and falling cost of wired/wireless Internet services and smart devices, the installation and use of IoT in the industry and manufacturing sector is set to continue growing exponentially.

In view of this, it is necessary for everyone, particularly industrial workers such as production and automation engineers to be familiar with the concept, components, architecture and application of IoT. Towards this end, the target of this course is to provide a good overview of IoT and its applications in the industry.

In this course, participants will be introduced to the concept of Industrial 4.0 (I4.0) and the Internet of Things (IoT). The history of I4.0 and its key technologies and general applications will be discussed in detail. Similarly, the components and block diagram of a typical IoT system, as well as typical IoT protocols will be explained. General examples of the benefits and applications of IoT to different industrial areas will also be given. The implementation of IoT and I4.0 technologies to create smart factories will also be discussed.

The different IoT components (sensor hub, gateway, cloud and end-user applications) will then be discussed in detail, whereby the general architecture, function, features and selection criteria for each component will be covered in detail, both from a hardware and software perspective.

Participants will then learn about the different options available when developing an IoT system. Details of the various hardware and software requirements necessary to implement an IoT system, as well as considerations that needs to be taken into account when using a complete IoT hardware/software platform vs using custom developed hardware/software will be looked at in detail. As most industries will have existing machines which have no or minimal IoT capabilities, various methods for upgrading these machines to become IoT-compliant, including changing the entire machine, upgrading parts of the machine or installing additional third-party modules will be discussed.

Once participants are aware of the concept, components and architecture of IoT, participants will be introduced to basic sensor hub, gateway, cloud and end-user application hardware and software development via prepared demos and hands-on.

The course will conclude by discussing various industrial applications of IoT from different points of view, such as how IoT is being used and applied by different departments in the industry, different machines, customer products, employees and assets to provide participants with a good idea of the importance and various applications of IoT in different industrial applications and use-cases.

After attending the course, participants will be able to get a better idea on how to transform their organisation to adopt IoT and I4.0 technologies when they get back to work.