Airbus manufacturing facility. Photo: Airbus.
Airbus is using the concept of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to improve its internal manufacturing process. According to a new article published in Forum Magazine, the Airbus internal company magazine, the French original equipment manufacturer (OEM) wants its future manufacturing process to be driven by the intersection of people, data and intelligent machines.
GE credits itself for coining the term "Industrial Internet of Things" in 2012 and describes it as "the network of a multitude of devices connected by communications technologies that results in systems that can monitor, collect, exchange, analyze, and deliver valuable new insights like never before." GE is one of the companies that founded the Industrial Internet Consortium to accelerate the development, adoption, and widespread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work. In its article describing its new approach to using IIoT for aircraft manufacturing, Airbus interviewed some of the members of the Industrial Internet Consortium.
The new article focuses on an open IIoT driven platform that Airbus began developing several years ago called the Collaborative Intelligent Technologies for Automated Routines (CITAR) project, which Airbus wants to use to continuously inject data into its running manufacturing process.
Check out the full article describing the new Airbus IIoT approach to manufacturing here.