Smart industry (iiot) – the future strategy for smart factories

24 August 2022

Smart industry is a concept that summarizes the long-term strategy that applies to Swedish industry. From the beginning, the government has been involved in developing this strategy.

Smart industry is a concept that summarizes the long-term strategy that applies to Swedish industry. From the beginning, the government has been involved in developing this strategy. But as development has progressed, it is now the industry itself that is driving this. The smart factory is emerging!


Smart industry is fundamentally about renewal and restructuring of production. The aim is to become more competitive and to live up to the increasingly strict requirements on emissions and the environment that are set as a result of the increasingly intensified climate debate. 


The industry has also realized the possibilities of modernizing its processes and using all the digital possibilities that are available. A more efficient production not only benefits the environment, it also creates increased profitability and greater competitiveness in the market.

Smart industry and smart factories consist of 4 focus areas

When the government launched the strategy for Smart industry, it pointed to 4 different focus areas.

  1. Industry 4.0 - Is about Swedish industry leading the development of the digitization of industry. 
  2. Sustainable production – By taking the environment into account and working for increased resource efficiency, production in Swedish industry can become more sustainable. 
  3. Knowledge transfer - The Swedish competence supply system must meet modern industry's long-term need for competence.
  4. Testbed Sweden – Sweden must be a leader in research and development within the manufacturing industry.

A smart factory is a factory that works according to this strategy. By taking advantage of all the opportunities available within IIOT, the Industrial Internet of Things, many Swedish factories have already jumped on the bandwagon.

IIOT – What is it?

Many are certainly familiar with the term IOT, Internet of Things. It is therefore about the digitization of our society. When you activate the alarm in your house via the app on your mobile, you are using IOT. 


IIOT is nothing but the industry equivalent. Industrial Internet of Things means the digitization of the industry. A smart factory can today have all its meters connected to cloud services and thus have completely different opportunities to take measurements, see reports and analyze data than before. 


SenseNode offers a platform for the industry with energy monitoring and snapshots, where you can follow trends and see data at a detailed level. The solution does not require advanced installation, but every meter in the process is connected and sends data to the cloud. The solution is module-based and can easily be scaled up if necessary. 


IIOT is revolutionizing Swedish industry and the number of smart factories is growing all the time. Information becomes more easily accessible with these solutions and people who process data no longer need to be physically present at the factory.

This is how you build a smart factory

As mentioned, the idea of ​​a smart factory is based on several different focus areas. The biggest risk for Swedish industry in the long term concerns how the environmental regulations will develop in the near future. Politicians work all the time to tighten these rules in order to succeed with the high environmental goals set by the EU and the UN. 


Reduced emissions do not only mean a reduced environmental impact. If you implement changes in the right way, you can have good effects on production efficiency as well. You can thus meet the tougher requirements on emissions while achieving more efficient production, with reduced costs as a result. 


To achieve this, you first need to make your entire production process visible, by digitize as much data as possible. Instead of physically reading meters out in the factory, or via a computer screen in the control room, you should now have access to relevant data via your own computer. 


The data that SenseNode manages can also be shared with third parties, through integrations. This means that the possibilities with IIOT are basically unlimited.

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