Understanding the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): 100 common terms

It seems every industry has its fair share of terminology and acronyms.

And manufacturing is not different.

From AI, through BOM, ERP, MES and ZTS there’s a ton of them.

But, let’s focus on IIoT for this guide.


What’s IIoT?

Short for Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT is the use of connected technologies in the industrial environment.

Since it was first introduced (as Industry 4.0) around 2011 the concept of IIoT has ushered in a new era of smart factories.

Cloud-based and predictive technologies are built into machines, and advanced software platforms have been developed to manage all of that data

There is no doubt that IIoT concepts have transformed the productivity, efficiency, and profitability of manufacturing businesses.

In every area of the industry – from manufacturing and production to inventory management and procurement – processes have been transformed to take advantage of the new technologies available.

However, anyone at all familiar with IIoT and Industry 4.0 concepts will know that it comes loaded with acronyms, technical terms and specific requirements.

Discussing and researching IIoT concepts can almost feel like speaking another language.


DELMIAWORKS Ultimate Guide to IIoT Definitions & Acronyms

DELMIAWORKS (formerly IQMS) have released a glossary of IIoT terms.

Inside, you’ll find an explanation of the 100 most common words, acronyms and phrases. The glossary gives you a foundation of knowledge for any level of IIoT implementation, whether you are:

  • A beginner, just starting on your journey to shift into networked systems for manufacturing
  • Currently in the process of incorporating IIoT into your manufacturing operations
  • Someone with IIoT aspects already in place in your organisation, and you just want to stay up-to-date, and keep your systems current with the latest technologies.

Download the guide to find:

  • A solid set of terms to help you understand IIoT concepts
  • The technology tools you need to incorporate into an IIoT strategy
  • Further research opportunities, so you can learn more about IIoT.



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