What Is A Smart Factory?

A traditional factory must order a fixed number of resources at a set schedule, making it less responsive to changes in the market. These resources then follow a static manufacturing route through individually controlled systems that do not share information. This makes it more difficult to determine how a change in one system affects the rest of the process.

A smart factory digitizes its systems, making it easier to connect manufacturing equipment, inventory bins, and management tools. Analyzing big data allows patterns and trends to be spotted. The analysis can actively change production by instantly altering the number of resources that have to be ordered and when they must arrive. The Internet of Things (IoT) enables anyone to monitor the entire manufacturing process and to propagate changes from anywhere in the production chain from management to individual operators on the floor.

Bossard can streamline your production by transforming your facility into a smart factory. Our Smart Factory Logistics systems improve your supply chain performance by bringing you IoT technologies and easing IoT machine-to-machine communication. This results in leaner and more transparent processes that increase your competitive advantage.

Our systems optimize your B- and C-parts management with the SmartBin, a bin that constantly communicates its stock levels, and SmartLabel Cloud, which stores information such as order status and delivery date and can be placed on non-smart containers. Also available is SmartLocker, an intelligent storage unit that automates inventory control and access, making it a perfect IIoT solution for consumables and high-value items.

You can manage these systems using ARIMS, our interactive supply chain platform. Through it, you can manage your inventory interactively, track orders, and make use of intelligent data. It includes the following components:

  • ARIMS Analytics lets you oversee all the pieces of your smart factory, including articles, locations, orders, and deliveries. You can visualize this data through graphs, tables, and reports.
  • ARIMS Interactive encourages you to directly submit change requests.
  • ARIMS Mobile puts all these functions on an Android or iOS device, so you have full control even when you’re on the factory floor.

 Wondering how you can implement the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in the manufacturing industry? Contact us today at to see how our Smart Factory Logistics systems can get you there.



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Internet of Things in Manufacturing

Internet of Things in Manufacturing

Staying competitive in a constantly changing environment means finding new and more innovative ways to remain ahead of the curve. Advancements in both current and up-and-coming technologies, spurred on by the Digital Revolution, have led to innovations that make Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things possible.

Bringing Emerging Technologies Together

The recent push towards the Internet of Things isn’t just happening on the consumer front. IoT is also taking a more prominent role in the manufacturing industry, leading to a transformation in the industrial space. However, many of the technologies central to Industrial IoT integration have emerged separately, leading to disjointed progress on the industrial front.

However, there are efforts underway to promote compatible technologies capable of generating and utilizing universal data. One example of IoT integration includes enhanced communications with technicians in the field and line-side workers to help with guidance and troubleshooting. This makes it possible to communicate and assist across vast geographic areas under multi-location manufacturing scenarios.

Other Internet of Things manufacturing examples include:

  • Machine-level energy consumption metrics to promote enhanced efficiency
  • Machine data analytics with instant availability from any location at any given moment
  • RFID signals and radar detection for monitoring inventory consumption and availability
  • Real-time condition monitoring and predictive maintenance with alerts and notifications

Exploring Opportunities with Bossard

The Internet of Things and smart manufacturing can open a variety of doors depending on the goals you wish to achieve and the processes you’re working to improve. Some opportunities offer wide-ranging applications one can take advantage of while others are more limited in scope and usability. The experts at Bossard can highlight which paths offer the most productivity and efficiency improvements, allowing your company to move forward with its production and supply chain needs.

Contact us today at to see how you can transform your manufacturing facilities into smart factories.

February 12, 2021
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What Exactly is IoT? The Internet of Things Explained

The Internet of Things

“Internet of Things” is a phrase you’ve probably heard before – and you’ll hear it more often as the world becomes more interconnected than ever before. With that interconnected world comes new ways to utilize technology, from the ordinary devices in your everyday life to the processes your organization relies on.

Whether it’s the thermostat in your home, the smartwatch you wear every day, or the sensors your car relies on for diagnostic information – all of these things are Internet of Things examples. The Internet of Things definition is a network of internet-connected devices that communicate with one another seamlessly. Different devices can collect and share data while giving users smarter control over the devices they regularly use.

How the Internet of Things Relate to Industry 4.0

IoT takes a prominent role within the Fourth Industrial Revolution or “Industry 4.0.” Industry 3.0 introduced the electronic tools and technologies that paved the way for smart production. Industry 4.0 makes the most of those advancements while offering many of its own, from cloud computing and artificial intelligence to advanced robotics and 3D printing.

So, where exactly does IoT fit into this picture? With the help of big data, machine learning, and AI, IoT technology can help your organization gain greater insights. This can lead to vast improvements in productivity and a reduction in operating costs. Streamlined workflows, process automation, and pattern visualization are just some of the benefits that IoT lets you unleash throughout your supply chain, for instance.

How We Can Help

You already benefit from smart devices in your everyday life, so why not experience the benefits in your facility? Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics harnesses the power of IoT to enhance productivity, reduce costs, and maximize flexibility. With proven solutions like ARIMS interactive supply chain platform, you’ll see immediate improvements in efficiency and transparency.

Contact us today at to discover how Smart Factory Logistics can improve your supply chain.

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