The IoT or Internet of Things is transforming the landscape of the manufacturing industry’s data collection and analysis. IoT in manufacturing today can gather data from equipment and machines to change the systems and processes of present day factory environment. IoT technologies can potentially upgrade visibility in the manufacturing industry in a radical way so that each production unit can be monitored accurately at every step during the process of production. Unit-level visibility will replace batch-level visibility, bringing in the smart manufacturing era. Neglecting or denying the revolution that IoT can usher in, will only result in manufacturers falling behind their competitors or losing clients who value innovation and speed.