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34 SMT007 MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2021 Article by Dave Turbide Editor's note: is article is reprinted with per- mission om Dassault Systèmes North America. e Industrial Internet of ings (IIoT) promises a whole new world of sensors and smart devices collecting information and con- trol, and extending visibility throughout the plant, warehouse, and the entire supply chain. But the prospect of installing, integrating, and managing an IIoT network can be daunting, indeed. Kicking Off IIoT Implementation Some companies will want to start small, adding a few sensors and devices into exist- ing networks, while others may be ready to embark on a bigger project to take full advan- tage of what IIoT has to offer. Either way, the important thing is to get started. IIoT is a basic underlying technology for Manufacturing 4.0 and a key component of modern supply chain management. How Much IIoT Is Right for Your Business? Every company will have to decide just how much IIoT technology they want to bring into their environment, and how fast. In this article, we will offer some general advice and sugges- tions for those who want to experiment with a few IIoT devices before committing to a larger IIoT project. e next article offers general advice for companies that are ready for a full commitment to IIoT in the plant and/or ware- house. e third and final article applies to com- panies contemplating IIoT in the supply chain— outside of the local plant and warehouse. First Steps Any new technology can be scary, so pru- dent planners and investors in that technol- ogy will want to know as much as they can learn before fully committing to what could be a substantial investment with associated risks and uncertainties. Fortunately, it is quite easy (in most cases) to add a few sensors to an exist- How To Get Started With IIoT

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