Manufacturing Industry

The Future of Manufacturing

Manufacturing, by nature, involves the interconnectivity of various systems and processes. Efficiency and productivity are the drivers for success but, in increasingly complex environments, how can organisations maintain control of, and optimise, their operations? The answer is simpler and faster to implement than you think – IoT.

As more operations adopt lean manufacturing principles, they run the risk of dropping their productivity rate if there are any delays in the delivery of components. Over and above creating interconnectivity between various locations, plants and processes, asset tracking is crucial. Create a complete overview of your entire operation, digitise it, and optimise it.

Surprisingly, it’s not as complex or high-tech as you’d think and can be overlaid in a short amount of time with little to no disruption to your business. It can incorporate all your existing systems, devices and equipment and enable the deployment of real-time strategic changes. Well, our solution can.

Benefits of IoT for Manufacturing

Operation of manufacturing facilities and assets

  • Intelligent interconnectivity of machinery, systems and processes, regardless of whether they’re existing or new, allow real-time deployment of changes to manufacturing output based on demand and resource availability.

Production asset management and maintenance

  • From quality control, damage and breakdowns, location tracking and bottlenecks within the production chain to production flow monitoring, services and predictive maintenance.

Field service

  • Client behaviour and preference monitoring, packaging and logistical preparation.

Data management

  • Optimisation, digitisation and visibility of the factory and manufacturing environment and all of its components.
  • Simplification of complex manufacturing processes using predictive analytics and smart BI.

Cost reduction

  • More efficient use of resources and utilities, avoiding surplus material pile up and smarter production rates based on demand.
  • Real-time asset management shows the health and status of various machinery, allowing for pre-emptive maintenance.
  • Lower cost of ownership, smarter spending and workforce optimisation.

What sets us apart

  • Horizontal integration of ‘islands’ of digitisation
  • Unified and integrated IoT platform
  • Enablement of non -discretional and dynamic business decision support
  • Agile deployment – start small and scale up
  • Simple customisation and configuration of the product suite
  • API-led integration methodology
  • Agile digital transformation is key – Disrupt or be disrupted
  • Unprecedented ROI
  • Future-proof digital transformation strategies
  • Enables client to deploy best of breed technology
  • Allows business to leverage off  existing infrastructure
  • Immediate business process impact


“IoT.nxt accelerated the digitalisation of our business, offering us a scalable solution that provided us with a holistic view of our business processes and the ability to deploy changes in real time, benefiting overall business efficiency greatly.”

– Eric Croeser, Manager Mining Exxaro Resources, NBC Coal


In 2016, IoT.nxt was recognised by both Gartner and Davinci TT100 for innovation. We are recognised by Microsoft as being one of the leading IoT players in their partner programme and are a Deloitte Preferred Partner for the deployment of digital IoT solutions in Africa, Europe and developing regions in Canada, US, Mexico and Europe.

This year, we were invited to take part in the Collision Conference in New Orleans, to discuss issues affecting the global IoT sector.

The IoT.nxt Advantage

IoT.nxt is a unique rapid digitisation technology enabler that future proofs enterprises in mining, enabling them to leverage existing infrastructure investment and integrate into new technologies. The resulting interoperability and interconnectivity breaks down data silos and cuts out vendor lock in.

Our IoT solution allows our clients to rapidly transform their businesses and move into the digital age.

The digitisation of our world is fundamentally changing the way we interact with everything around us. Central to this transformation is data which, using IoT, can be unlocked in real time cutting out the inherent latency that typically accompanies data transfer and consolidating different formats of data residing in various parts of businesses.

Improved network reliability and capability, along with cloud-based Big Data engines and machine learning technologies, create more accessible and complete data feeds and, ultimately, more accurate and dynamic predictive algorithmic models.

We believe the solution for handling all this data, the associated costs and data security lies in edge computing and intelligent gateway technology.

Correctly implemented, these core digitisation technologies lay the foundation required for true transformation, obviating risks and potential data overload on networks.

The performance of Big Data technology is highly dependent on the correct implementation of Internet of Things technology – the ability to connect devices, sensors, machines, and ‘all things’ to a network or Internet. Successfully achieving this connectivity in real-time enables more to be fed into our cloud-based predictive models with the data they need to churn out insightful trends. This, combined with cognitive analytics and AI, shifts us into a new paradigm.