What is a manufacturing dashboard?

A manufacturing dashboard is a real-time visual representation of a manufacturing process. It displays, typically in graphical or chart form, the key KPI or metrics that indicate performance. Just like in cars, dashboards present the key things required to make good operational decisions. This way, users don’t get overloaded with complex information.

Manufacturing dashboards present data and insights from machines, sensors, and systems in a user-friendly way. They help manufacturers monitor and optimize production quality and efficiency. At the same time, manufacturers gain insight in specific operations. Through dashboards, organizations can quickly see their current and historical performance.

Give the right information to the right person at the right time

Dashboards are flexible by nature. They can take most sources of information and transform that data into insights that can be used to get a better understanding of operational performance. Thus, dashboards can be highly personalized, delivering the right information to the right person at the right time. For example, a Vice President might be interested in KPI’s that affect monthly results, such as cost reductions or risk management. A plant manager focuses on daily metrics such as production, quality or costs. A supervisor, on the other hand, would probably want to track information about machine status, production, yield and scrap levels. And, an operator would focus on shift, hourly or real-time metrics.

Given the different needs, it is important to understand and cater to the needs of various users when presenting them insights. This simplifies greatly the effort in getting everyone to use the dashboards and to start improving processes, throughout the organization.

A well thought out series of metrics, along with a program to manage them, help companies achieve organizational agility. This enables everyone to react faster to changes in the manufacturing or supply chain environments.

Gain complete visibility of production line

Real-time line visibility is critical for efficient operation. Manufacturing dashboards enable you to see exactly what’s going on with production lines at any given time. You can see what’s working, and what’s not, where the bottlenecks are, and much more.

With tight operational margins, manufacturing relies on a growing number of factors. To succeed in optimizing company-wide operations, it is not enough to focus on optimizing individual machines or lines. Instead, you need to include areas such as scheduling, budgeting, operational performance, and logistics (to name but a few) to function as part of a well-oiled machine to remain profitable.

Dashboards help you do precisely that. In fact, they are able to integrate the data from various sources (such as ERP, MES, automation system, and even Excel files) into a cloud repository. This allows you to not only monitor the performance of a single factor, but to compare factors and monitor how their relationships affect each other. Also, you can generate trend analysis that gives you the ability to monitor the flow-on effects between different manufacturing departments and significantly reduces the time spent compiling and aggregating different data sources.

Line manufacturing dashboard is your one-stop-shop for production insights

The line dashboard above is a one-stop shop for production insights. It helps to monitor the most important production KPIs in one central point of access and to keep the whole team aligned.

At a glance, line managers can see how production is going on a given day and whether or not their team is meeting their goals. The Line Dashboard provides the perfect overview of the progress of the shop floor. It focuses on various manufacturing KPIs: OEE, Yield, Equipment Availability, Performance, FPY and more. Having all the important KPIs related to the production on one dashboard provides a great way to start spotting optimization opportunities. Inefficiency is the nemesis of any manufacturing process, so you must stay alert and track any potential issue, spot any hidden trends that could harm the processes.