6 Examples of IoT Devices You Can Manage on Salesforce

The Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionized the way we live and work, allowing us to connect and control a wide range of devices remotely. Bolt Data Connect has embraced the potential of IoT and allows users to easily manage and monitor connected IoT devices on Salesforce, a leading customer relationship management (CRM) platform with industry leading apps in CRM, field service, and customer service. In this blog post, we will explore 6 examples of IoT devices that can be managed on Salesforce using Bolt Data Connect. By using Bolt Data Connect to manage these devices, organizations can streamline operations and improve efficiency throughout all functional areas. So, let us take a look at some specific examples of IoT devices that can be managed on Salesforce.


1. Wind turbines

A wind turbine is a machine that converts the wind’s kinetic energy into electrical energy. These towering structures can be found in wind farms, where they work together to generate clean, renewable energy for communities and businesses. Wind turbines are often in remote locations so, when a wind turbine is in need of repair or maintenance, it can be extremely costly and time consuming. Using data from the wind turbine, Bolt Data Connect on Salesforce can detect when a component of the wind turbine is likely going to fail, or has already failed, and send an alert. Depending on the issue, technicians may need to climb to great heights to reach the damaged component, and repairs may require specialized equipment and a thorough understanding of the turbine’s mechanical and electrical systems. In some cases, the turbine may need to be taken offline for an extended period of time while the repairs are being completed. Using Bolt Data Connect, wind turbines can be maintained proactively to avoid failure and can continue to operate efficiently for many years without costly onsite technician repairs.


2. Security gates

Security gates are commonly used to control access and restrict entry to a particular area. These devices are typically made of durable materials such as steel or aluminum and are equipped with sensors to monitor when a gate has been opened and closed. Using Bolt Data Connect, a security management company could manage all of their security gates remotely in Salesforce to see if and when a security gate is experiencing an issue. Issues can include security gates getting stuck, not closing automatically or detecting someone has manually opened the gate. Bolt Data Connect can send an alert to the security management company to dispatch patrol to evaluate the gate immediately so the area remains secure.


3. MRI machines

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines are sophisticated medical devices used to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. These images can help doctors diagnose a variety of conditions and injuries. When an MRI machine is in need of repair, it is important to address the issue promptly to ensure that the device is operational as soon as possible. Bolt Data Connect can manage MRI machines in real-time on Salesforce alerting MRI machine service companies to dispatch technicians when a machine is showing signs of failure. Repairs may involve fixing mechanical issues, troubleshooting and repairing electrical problems, or replacing damaged components. To avoid a backlog of patients, it is important to closely monitor the performance of these expensive, complex machines to ensure that they are safe and reliable for use. 


4. Oil rigs

Oil rigs, or drilling rigs, are structures that are used in upstream oil production operations to find and extract crude oil from the ground. These operations can range from traditional vertical drilling to more advanced techniques such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Both techniques pose a fire safety risk, so oil production companies follow numerous safety protocols to protect workers. These typically include equipping oil rigs with electronic sensors and devices that closely monitor and control potential fires and explosions. By using Bolt Data Connect, oil production companies can closely monitor these sensors to ensure that they are operating safely. For instance, if a sensor detects excessive heat, Bolt Data Connect can send alerts to notify personnel on board the oil rig. With this real time visibility in Salesforce, oil companies can minimize the risk of accidents and ensure that the rig is able to continue operating efficiently.


5. Centrifuges

Centrifuges are an essential piece of equipment in many manufacturing processes. They work by using centrifugal force to separate materials of different densities, which makes them a useful tool in industries such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals and oil refining. When it comes to repairing centrifuges, common problems that may arise include imbalanced loads, mechanical failures and control system issues. Bolt Data Connect in Salesforce can identify these problems and, in many cases, predict these issues before they happen. The connected field service software can dispatch repair technicians to replace faulty parts, adjust the machine’s settings or performing routine maintenance tasks. By regularly performing maintenance, centrifuges can operate at peak efficiency and companies can avoid downtime in the manufacturing process.


6. Commercial printers

Commercial printers are large, high-capacity printers that are typically used in office or industrial settings. They are designed to handle a high volume of printing and are often used to print documents, labels, and other materials for business or professional use. Commercial printers can be either inkjet or laser printers, and they come in a variety of sizes and configurations to suit the needs of different businesses. Using Bolt Data Connect on Salesforce, commercial printer manufacturers that lease their printers can closely monitor printer performance and conduct repairs and maintenance when necessary. For example, Bolt Data Connect can identify when a printer’s ink cartridge levels are too low and a technician can be dispatched to replace the cartridge. Alternatively, if a paper roller is faulty and causes a paper jam, a technician can be dispatched to repair and replace the roller. In either case, Bolt Data Connect works to get the printer up and running again as quickly as possible to avoid downtime and business disruption. 


In conclusion, Bolt Data Connect on Salesforce is a powerful platform that can be used to manage a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. From MRI machines and security gates to oil rigs and commercial printers, Bolt Data Connect can help you manage all of your smart devices so you have full control and visibility of your IoT data. By using Bolt Data Connect to manage these devices, you can save time, reduce costs and improve efficiency. As the number of smart devices on the market continues to grow, the possibilities for using Bolt Data Connect to manage and monitor these devices are endless. Whether you are looking to increase revenue, reduce downtime or reduce costs, Bolt Data Connect can help you achieve your business goals through the power of IoT. Get in touch with an IoT specialist today to learn more. 


Written by:
Bob Neudecker, Sr. Director of Business Development
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