By Gerry Mulvaney, European Sales Manager, Landa Digital Printing
The giant US IT Group Cisco has just published a report about the Internet of Everything (IoE) highlighting a number of trends that will have an impact on all of us. Like other reports, they also predict that the IoE will be big business and impact all walks of life.
They forecast that by 2020 there will be a staggering 50 billion devices – from fridges to wearable technology to driverless cars – connected worldwide. All these devices will be interacting with people, processes, data and things to create the Internet of Everything (IoE) with a combined value of US$ 19 trillion by 2022.
The IoT* will enable organisations to drive new sources of revenue including the opportunity to automate up to 50% of current manual processes. Not unnaturally, given their primary interest, they suggest the value will come from focusing on data integration, automation and analysis, not by simply connecting more devices to the Internet.
Landa Customers – on Track for the Future
I guess we are already starting to see evidence of this in the printing and packaging industries. Most printers and converters already have websites which allow customers to contact them, place orders and in some cases track the order through production. MIS systems are taking data from production devices and using it to forecast procurement. Suppliers are already using software to route delivery trucks in the most efficient manner. Converters are starting to include RFID technology in packaging for their customers. So the IoT and IoE are no strangers to us.
Having said that, we have a long way to go, given the forecast numbers from Cisco. The “lights out” fully automated printing or converting plant envisaged by our partners Electronics for Imaging (EFI) is still some way off, but there are a lot of companies working towards it.
I was amazed during a customer visit recently in Germany to see robot forklift trucks bringing fresh cartonboard to presses and taking away the printed versions to the finishing lines, working from data collected from the MIS system.
During customer visits in Spain, the UK and Ireland during recent months, I have seen systems delivering ink automatically on demand from ink farms, fount solutions being mixed and monitored remotely and fully automated finishing lines die-cutting and stripping cartons without human intervention.
The Internet of simply everything: every device, every byte, every system and everyone!
Benny Landa has also recognised the IoE and it is no coincidence that the latest Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press will be one of the IoT devices referred to by Cisco. Data will pass from the press to Landa’s engineers in Rehovot enabling live monitoring of performance and productivity. The Landa S10 operator will have access to an online library of service and support material and the press will be fully integrated into the user’s MIS system.
Will the day come when the press is monitoring the operator’s vital signs and recommending they take a break, and even making him or her a cup of coffee ? I am not sure about that, but you can bet Benny and the Landa engineers are working on it!
A Landa press monitors the operator’s vital signs and recommends appropriate action…
With the Internet of Everything, could this become a reality?
· IoT: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction (http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/Internet-of-Things)