One of the world’s leading manufacturers of smart connected products, Colfax, is using an integrated industrial IoT solution to deliver more value to customers. In today's blog we, discuss how a cloud-based IIoT solution helped them achieve digital transformation – these are the top three takeaways.
1. Innovative partners allow Colfax to improve what they do best
ESAB, a smaller division of Colfax, produces world-renowned welding and cutting equipment and consumables for customers in industries like construction, oil and gas, automotive, and others. ESAB wanted to improve traceability, documentation, and asset management for customers across various geographies by gaining better visibility into the usage and performance of their smart, connected welding and cutting equipment. Trying to do this on their own involved building the entire IoT stack and technology infrastructure, something they were ill-equipped to do as a discrete manufacturing business.
Working with innovative partners that specialise in the applications and infrastructure needed to deliver global IoT solutions enabled ESAB to improve its ability to serve customers. With a joint solution of ThingWorx and Microsoft Azure IoT, ESAB’s business teams were able to focus squarely on adding value to their product offerings, instead of on endless technology debates that were hampering productivity.
2. The value of products as a service
The skills gap in manufacturing makes it difficult for businesses to provide the routine maintenance and service that industrial equipment regularly needs. Smart, connected products have reshaped the value that discrete manufacturers like Colfax can deliver to customers through IIoT data that helps them to predict and avoid equipment downtime.
The product as a service business model ensures that assets like cutting and welding equipment are programmed and ready for frequent use, so customers can be more productive. Industrial IoT data provides the base line of information that equipment-owners need to make better fact-based decisions, improving customer experience as a result.
3. Importance of data security
One of the top concerns around smart, connected products is data security. A main reason for Colfax choosing the integrated solution of ThingWorx and Azure was that their customers want products with guaranteed security measures to safeguard their data.
Azure IoT’s per-device security credentials and access control provide the highest level of enhanced security, privacy, compliance, and threat mitigation practices available. This allows Colfax to communicate bidirectionally with any device and manage machines in the real world on a global scale.