IoT Solutions in the Lubricants Industry for Supply Chain Professionals

IoT Solutions in the Lubricants Industry for Supply Chain Professionals

The Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer just a buzzword. It’s a transformative technology that’s reshaping industries, and the lubricants sector is no exception. But what exactly is IoT? And how is it revolutionising the lubricants industry, especially for those in the supply chain? 

What is IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the network of physical objects embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies to connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the internet. 

How is IoT being used in the lubricants industry?

The lubricants industry, like many others, is undergoing a digital transformation, with the Internet of Things (IoT) playing a pivotal role. Here’s a comprehensive look at how IoT is making waves in this sector: 

Remote Monitoring

IoT devices, especially sensors, allow companies to monitor the condition and levels of lubricants in storage tanks and containers remotely. This ensures that the lubricants are stored under optimal conditions, preserving their quality and efficacy. 

Automated Reordering

Connected devices can automatically detect when lubricant levels are low and trigger reordering processes. This ensures continuous availability, reducing the chances of operational halts due to lubricant shortages. 

Enhanced Distribution

IoT-enabled vehicles and transport containers provide real-time data on the location, temperature, and condition of lubricant shipments. This ensures that lubricants are transported under the right conditions and reach their destinations on time. 

Data-Driven Insights

The data collected from IoT devices provides invaluable insights into lubricant usage patterns, and potential areas of improvement. This data-driven approach allows companies to refine their products and services, catering more effectively to market demands. 

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Safety and Compliance

IoT devices can monitor and ensure that lubricants are stored, transported, and used following safety regulations and industry standards. Any deviations can trigger alerts, ensuring immediate corrective actions. 

Environmental Monitoring

Given the environmental concerns associated with lubricants, especially spills and leaks, IoT sensors can detect such incidents in real-time. This not only helps in immediate containment but also aids in adhering to environmental regulations. 

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Integration with Other Systems

IoT in the lubricants industry doesn’t operate in isolation. It integrates seamlessly with other systems like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to provide a holistic view of operations, from production to customer feedback. 

Benefits of IoT Solutions for Supply Chain Professionals

The advantages are manifold, from real-time asset tracking to automated reordering, all aimed at enhancing the supply chain’s efficiency and reliability. 

Asset Tracking

The traditional methods of manual logging are becoming obsolete. Today, with IoT sensors, supply chain managers can pinpoint the exact location of a lubricant batch, akin to how Amazon tracks packages in real-time, ensuring timely deliveries and product integrity. 

Inventory Management

Efficient stock management is the backbone of a seamless supply chain. Drawing parallels from retail giants like Tesco, which uses IoT for real-time inventory insights, the lubricants industry too can prevent stockouts and overstocking, ensuring a just-in-time inventory mod

Process Optimisation

Every element, from temperature fluctuations to ambient humidity, can impact the lubricants supply chain. Taking a leaf out of sectors like agriculture, where IoT sensors monitor soil health, the lubricants industry can use similar data to refine processes, ensuring optimal conditions for storage and transport. You can find out more about process optimisation in our recent blog on smart sensor choice.


The lubricants industry is on the cusp of a revolution, with IoT at its helm. The benefits for supply chain professionals are clear: enhanced tracking, efficient inventory management, proactive maintenance, and optimised processes. As the industry continues to evolve, embracing IoT is not just an option—it’s a necessity. 

Book a meeting in with Alessandro today to see how Pathfindr’s Smart IBC can help with your operations or read more about Smart monitoring for your IBC in our Ultimate Guide to Smart IBCs.