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    Graham Immerman
    Graham Immerman MachineMetrics / August 02, 2017

    How it works: The MachineMetrics Performance Dashboard

    The MachineMetrics’ Performance Dashboard is an easy to use, intuitive interface that gives factory workers the information they need to make faster, more confident decisions. Simple color-coding provides an at-a-glance indication if the job is performing at or below expectations (against Parts Goal or OEE metrics) and is measured in real-time. It is one of the most basic yet powerful tools in the MachineMetrics platform.  

    The Performance Dashboard provides operators and managers an at-a-glance overview of all of the machines on your shop floor at once. Each tile on the dashboard represents a single machine and it’s performance for the current shift. Color changes on the tiles indicate that the machine is meeting, exceeding, or falling short in performance and what triggers customized to each machine and customer’s needs.   

    Although this may sound simple (and it is), empowering your shop floor with our dashboard consistently helps our customers quickly achieve a 10-20% increase in utilization. The fact is just having a visual shop floor drives changes in behavior, making this increase achievable for all MachineMetrics users.

    To dive a bit deeper, let’s break out the parts of the dashboard and their functions:

    Each tile on the dashboard represents a different machine on the floor. The tiles are dynamic and display different data depending on what state the machine is currently in. The three machine states we visualize are: Production, Setup, and Unscheduled. 

    Here is an example of a machine tile in Production and what each part indicates:

    1. Tile Time Range - The time frame is based on the current shift hours and resets at shift change.  The data displayed on the tile is only from this time period.
    2. Parts per Hour - This graph displays the number of parts produced each hour over the course of a run.
    3. Parts produced this shift (or run) - The number of parts this machine has actually produced at this point in time in the run.
    4. Percentage of Parts Goal Met - The percentage of parts actually produced by the machine compared to its production goal at this point in time for this run. The Percentage of Parts Goal Met can be replaced with OEE if desired. 
    5. Status - An indicator and description of the current status of the machine and how long it has been in this status.
    6. Workcenter Name - The name of the specific machine represented by this tile.
    7. Performance Ring - The performance ring is a visual indicator for the number of parts produced. The darkened portion represents the number of parts actually produced by this machine at this time while the lighter portion represents the number of parts remaining to meet the production goal for this run. The small white dot in the performance ring is the parts goal indicator.
    8. Parts goal indicator - The small white circle within the ring indicates the production goal for this machine at this point in time for this run. This makes it easy to determine how far ahead or behind a machine is from its goal.
    9. Job Status - Indicates the job name as well as the current number of parts ahead or behind the production goal.

    In addition to the production information on each tile, there are a number of machine-specific actions that can be taken when a tile is clicked on.  These shortcuts provide a quick way to navigate to different key reports.   Below is an example of a tile in this state:


    1. Reports Button - Brings the user to the Reports page for this workcenter.  Reports include, OEE, utilization, downtime and many more.  
    2. Timeline Button - Brings the user to the Timeline page for this workcenter.  On this page, the user can view a detailed timeline showing faults, programs, and parts produced.   
    3. Diagnostics Button - Brings the user to the Diagnostics page for this workcenter.  On this page, the user can view machine signals being read from the machine control at that time.
    4. Stop Job Button - Stops the current job running.

    In addition to the Production view, tiles can indicate a machine is in Setup and displays information specific to that machine’s setup. All of the data on the tile still falls between the time range displayed.  Here is an example of a tile when a machine is in setup:


    When the machine is in setup, the status indicator circle will be yellow. If parts are produced while the machine is in setup, the parts goal will only be affected after any expected setup time has elapsed.  The user is prompted upon starting production to enter any parts they want to keep as good parts from the setup. Finally, when the tile is selected it will display a "Start Production" button near the top. If the workcenter was in setup status longer than the predetermined setup time when the "Start Production" button is selected, the user will be prompted to enter a reason the setup time was longer than expected.

    An Unscheduled tile represents a workcenter that does not currently have a job dispatched to it. These tiles are grey with a light grey status indicator. This workcenter may still be producing parts, but not be scheduled within our system. Its tile will still show the number of parts it has produced within the given time range. Additionally, when an unscheduled tile is selected the user can only navigate to the Reports, Timeline, and Diagnostics pages or start a new job on this workcenter.  Here is an example of how the interface looks during this status:

    The powerful information on the performance dashboard tiles helps operators and managers understand at-a-glance what is happening at each machine, while the detailed information on the tiles and the shortcuts to additional data provide real-time insights that can be used to drive action. Operators who are assigned to a machine often will work harder to ensure their machine doesn't fall behind their goals and their peers. This transparency alone can improve performance by over 10%.

    Supervisors walking the shop floor can use the dashboard to quickly identify where time should be spent. By the time you get the data you need from a traditional ERP system, it's too late to take action. The real-time information displayed on the dashboard bridges this communication gap between operators and managers, allows both to be more proactive.

    With this tool, you will be armed with the information needed to fix problems faster and identify opportunities for process improvements. For more information on how the dashboard bridges the communication gap between operators and managers, check out this article.

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