Web-based Dashboards Provide Dynamic KPIs

July 22, 2010
Data comes from all parts of a plant—sensors, historians, control systems and business systems. Dashboards, fed by FactoryTalk® VantagePoint from Rockwell Automation, put this data in context to serve up dynamic Key Performance Indicators to plant personnel.

Increasing complexity in manufacturing operations requires up-to-date, easy-to-use tools to provide insight into production. One such tool—dashboards—is critical for users who want to cull actionable information from the data streaming out of production systems. Dashboards place information in context, enabling users to make efficient and effective decisions to enhance performance based on their particular role or task.

FactoryTalk VantagePoint feeds those dashboards with data on events and conditions that are impacting performance. That data comes from all over the plant: from sensors, historians, control systems and business systems. VantagePoint overlays those systems with a Unified Production Model (UPM), an architecture that can gather, organize and contextualizing data from disparate systems. That information then fuels web-based dashboards throughout the plant, providing visibility into multiple systems plant-wide, including those developed by different vendors and that range widely in age.

FactoryTalk VantagePoint provides out-of-the-box functionality that is available in hours, not days or weeks. Dashboards provide dynamic KPIs via a web-browser to help track manufacturing effectiveness. Users can use preconfigured dashboards, or use them as a guide to develop their own. What’s more, information is sharable across the enterprise in an easy-to-understand visual, including reports from multiple time periods or batches, individual live data like temperature, and calculations like OEE.

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