Machine monitoring surfaces data to you. Do you know what to do with it?
You spent the time to connect your machines to get production data, and now you have the percent utilization across your factory floor. (By the way, it’s likely lower than you think). Once a manufacturer has connected their machines, we often hear the question: “What do I do with all of this data?”
Too much data can paralyze a team because they are unsure how to take action. You may have also heard the term “analysis paralysis” which refers to when you’re mired in data analysis and not taking action on an insight staring you in the face!
More often than not, we hear teams are only scratching the surface with the data they have available.
The flip side to this problem is not having actionable data and relying on staff experience to make decisions. Even with the highest trained staff and experienced machinists, these decisions can be incorrect, resulting in downtime, unwanted scrap, and a frustrated team.
We have seen these four key principles work well across many of our clients.
Data is a tool. And like all tools it is only as good as the person using it. Further, data without context and without visibility to the right staff members it is of little use to anyone. As we continue to collect more and more data from machines, it’s incredibly important that we make the data available to the right people so that they are able to appropriately follow up with action. In doing so, data has the ability to create an immediate impact across the factory, with the potential for that impact to be amplified as greater amounts of data are collected over time.
By C Todd Lombardo with input from Jonathan Bicknell
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