How an ecosystem including the Internet of Things will change product innovation and quality
- Quality Progress
- August 2020
- Volume 53 Issue 8
- pp. 14-21
- Yang, Kai
- Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
The Internet of Things (IoT), a game-changing element of Industry 4.0, enables product components and production equipment to sense, collect and transmit massive data through the internet. IoT also enables super connectivity, a concept describing how products and devices in smart factories are connected to share information and data. These connections can go further and link customers, producers, suppliers and extended business enterprises related to those products through computers, smartphones and network devices. In essence, the arrangement creates a manufacturing ecosystem. The ecosystem can have a tremendous effect on the product development and production process, as well as quality management systems and practices.