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For more than 100 years the torque wrench has been an essential and valuable tool for manufacturers because it applies specific torque to a fastener, such as a nut or bolt. Torque can be the difference in the performance of the end product, whether that’s the power output of a diesel engine or the fit-and-finish of the latest iPhone.
I recently attended Constellation’s Connected Enterprise innovation summit, a gathering of enterprise technology practitioners who came together to discuss how digital disruption can transform organizations. Amidst the fascinating keynotes from visionaries and futurists, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion about the Internet of Things.
My challenge was to paint a picture of modern manufacturing for a room full of people who have most likely never seen a factory environment first-hand. How best to illustrate how the convergence of cloud technologies and connected tools have unleashed disruption on the factory floor? Enter the IP torque wrench. IP as in Internet Protocol.
Because in today’s most advanced factories, that torque wrench is every bit as connected to the web as your smart phone. And by connecting that torque wrench to the cloud, its capabilities grow exponentially. A couple of examples:
Many people still think of manufacturing as either an industry resistant to change and wary of technology, or a completely faceless operation run by robots. Neither could be further from the truth. Instead, the modern manufacturing facility is a vibrant and collaborative place, where people engage with both proven and emerging technologies at a rapid pace, leading the charge for the Internet of Things – the Internet of MAKING Things.
The IP torque wrench is just one example of how we improve operations as we increase the connections between people, tools and products on the shop floor.