In today's fast-paced world of technology, new software can reshape industries overnight. But while the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is everywhere now—connecting millions of devices, machines, sensors, and systems throughout the world—it is anything but an overnight sensation. Over the past 50 years, technological milestones big and small—from large-scale system architecture breakthroughs to modest "Eureka" moments—have led to today's IIoT and are still informing predictions for tomorrow's industrial landscape.
Learn about the evolution of the IIoT and smart manufacturing systems—and how future changes will continue to revolutionize industry—by reading our IIoT timeline below.
To explore what the IIoT is doing for today's manufacturers, download our case study on how an IIoT initiative enabled tier-one automotive component and tooling supplier HIROTEC AMERICA to improve shop floor productivity and gain deeper insight into its operations.