Industrial Internet of Things and Augmented Reality technologies and applications have progressed from curiosity and exploration into the realm of maturing applications. At least, a snapshot of PTC’s customer base alludes to this.

PTC has released its bi-annual “State of Industrial Innovation” research report series.

“As the technologies and business models surrounding the Industrial IoT and AR continue to mature, there are sure to be sequential trends in adoption,” said Mike Campbell, EVP, ThingWorx Platform, PTC. “PTC’s combination of market experience and access to an extensive volume of adoption data enable a truly comprehensive view of the state of these rapidly evolving markets.”

As cited in “The State of the Industrial Internet of Things” and “The State of Industrial Augmented Reality” reports, Industrial IoT and AR are no longer just emerging technologies to watch. Investing in these technologies has become the critical strategy for many organizations in 2018, particularly those in industries that have complex manufacturing and operational processes. Of PTC customers that have adopted Industrial IoT or AR technologies, 83 percent using Industrial IoT and 85 percent using AR had already transitioned, or plan to transition, their deployments to full-scale production environments within the next 12 months.

Highlights from the reports include:

The State of the Industrial Internet of Things

1. Industrial IoT adoption is currently dominated by large product manufacturers in industries such as industrial products (25 percent), electronic and high-tech (22 percent) automotive (13 percent), and aerospace and defense (11 percent).

2. The economic potential of the Industrial IoT has garnered the attention of the international communities and led to global initiatives aimed at fostering the growth of Industrial IoT worldwide.

3. A majority of applications in use today apply to manufacturing and operations (48 percent), where the data collected can be used to refine processes, predict maintenance requirements, and increase overall operational effectiveness.

4. The Industrial IoT is no longer an emerging technology – it has arrived. Industrial IoT deployments are in production today, across functions from product development through manufacturing and service.

The State of Industrial Augmented Reality

1. Industries such as industrial products (21 percent), automotive (11 percent), and aerospace and defense (8 percent) are leading the way in early AR adoption.

2. AR has broad applicability to all functions of the value chain, and especially service (19 percent) and manufacturing (18 percent).

3. The application of AR to serve as a powerful instruction and guidance tool is providing an entry point for many organizations, particularly those industries that are defined by hundreds of vital processes, such as real-time monitoring and increasing overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

4. AR adoption is reaching a critical tipping point, spurred on by massive investments into the underlying hardware and software technologies that are enabling a rapid transition of pilot projects into full production environments.

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