Industrial IoT explained

IIoT for smart manufacturing in the Industry 4.0 era.

Industry 4.0 evidences the rapid rate at which technology changes. Adopting a new technology in response to trends isn't always cost-effective or practical. Custom or off-the-shelf, Facteon only delivers scalable and flexible solutions.

What is an IIoT solution?

"The technologies and architectures that support the collection, storage, movement and analysis of industrial data".

That's how Facteon defines IIoT. It's unique due to the ability of its technologies to deliver information in real-time. Your maintenance manager or machinery operators can use this information for decision making. This is where selectively implemented IIoT solutions add value. Click here for an article decoding IIoT.

Scalable IIoT Technologies

As technology continues to evolve, it's essential that your IIoT technologies transform alongside your manufacturing operations. The Industry 4.0 era requires factory connectivity to convert machine data into information in real-time. IIoT technologies enable you to draw data from your machinery, scaling as your facility evolves. 

Modular IIoT Technologies

Modularity is a central element to an IIoT system to prevent data bottlenecks. A modular system has the capacity to connect to other systems while also having the potential to operate as a standalone technology. This intersection of characteristics enables an IIoT technology to integrate with existing automation stacks, PLC, SCADA, MES and ERP systems. 

Easily Accessible IIoT Technologies

As connectivity is key in a modern manufacturing facility, Industry 4.0 era factories need access to information at scale. For that reason, IIoT solutions should focus on enabling access to factory information from any location, on any device. This is particularly valuable for factory or maintenance managers responsible for multiple production sites. The ability to access all data in a single location allows for quick comparison and simple allocation of resources across sites.

Data Transfer in Real-Time

Facteon's approach to IIoT is rooted in delivering data in real-time to promote informed decision making. IIoT solutions extract this data at scale and process it in real-time to deliver the information manufacturers need at speed. 

Adding Value to a Manufacturer's Operations

IIoT solutions must add value to your operations both now and in the future. Leading Industry 4.0 adopters use targeted solutions that eliminate or ease manufacturing pain points. Above all, your system must have you equipped to thrive in an ever-changing environment. 

An IIoT software enabling smart manufacturing

COSMOline is Facteon's IIoT software suited to manufacturers of all sizes, across all industries. It draws data directly from an individual machine or production line. This data is then transformed into information that a manufacturer can utilise to make decisions quickly. 

The IIoT software completes the data transformation process in real-time. This allows you to make decisions based on current production information, rather than historical trends or instinct. As flexibility is central to the operational success of many manufacturers, COSMOline has been developed as a Software as a Service (SaaS) product. As your operations change, your usage of Facteon's IIoT software platform changes too.


The maintenance functionality of COSMOline hosts the core functionalities of CMMS software. These include recurring preventative maintenance and request for service (RFS) with spare parts management and a machine learning-driven predictive maintenance functionality. Learn more about IIoT software, COSMOline, here. 


The real-time monitoring and reporting on the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of production lines enables management of operations based on machine information. Through interpreting data collected directly from machinery, manufacturers are able to correct concerning production trends before product quality is compromised. Therefore, waste is minimised and every product that goes to market meets your quality standards. Learn more about IIoT software, COSMOline, here. 


The real-time monitoring and reporting of quality processes and metrics enables manufacturers to assess product quality in real-time. With an alerting system, every product meets a manufacturer's pre-established quality standards. To cater to manufacturers producing multiple product types on a single line or in a single facility, the pre-set quality standard can be adjusted per product range. Learn more about IIoT solution, COSMOline, here. 


A configurable alerting system informs manufacturers of concerning environmental resource consumption trends. This IIoT software solution is able to track the consumption of resources, such as power, water and trade waste. With manufacturers facing unbudgeted expenditure due to excess resource consumption, a monitoring system allows manufacturers to track usage and intervene, if necessary. This can result in significant cost savings. Learn more about IIoT software, COSMOline, here. 

Connect machinery & IIoT software for the ultimate in smart manufacturing

COSMOedge, it's an IIoT edge computer powered by Facteon's IIoT platform. By simply fitting sensors to a single machine or large scale production line, a manufacturer can draw data from machinery to the edge device. This data is then transformed into information that can be used for decision making with an IIoT software, such as Facteon's COSMOline. 

Direct & dedicated connection to PLCs & sensors

An IIoT edge computer, such as COSMOedge, enables customers to connect production lines and individual machines to a Facteon or third party IIoT software offering. This connection ensures that all data is collected and stored, even in the event of an internet outage. With an edge solution, Facteon can develop customised, offline capabilities that suit a manufacturer's business needs. Learn more about IIoT hardware, COSMOedge, here. 

Simple plug-and-play integration

Facteon has the ability to integrate sensors to gather information from your existing machinery. These sensors connect to your COSMOedge unit direct. This means that your PLC is free to perform mission critical functions. As with our IIoT software, COSMOedge is flexible. You can connect additional sensors to the device in future should you need to collect additional data. Learn more about IIoT hardware, COSMOedge, here. 

Integrates with your existing automation stack

The COSMOedge unit integrates with your current technologies to minimise disruption. There are often challenges in managing the operational and cultural aspects of organisational change. For this reason, we've created a technology that seamlessly integrates with a manufacturer's existing automation stack to minimise disruption. Learn more about IIoT hardware, COSMOedge, here.

Not quite what you're looking for?

For manufacturers with specific operational requirements, Facteon offers customised IIoT solutions. Click here to learn more about our custom IIoT capabilities. If your business needs to take a step back and get Industry 4.0-ready prior to implementing IIoT technologies, click here to find out what your Industry 4.0 journey might look like


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