To remain competitive in the long term, plant operators are under constant pressure to get more and more out of their equipment. Heralded as a silver bullet in this pursuit is the Industrial Internet of Things. Even in the short term, IIoT capabilities can deliver a substantial boost in efficiency. The IIoT also brings exciting opportunities for OEMs in the form of new business models. Ralf Pühler, B&R's product manager for Industrial IoT explains how this is possible.
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