Manufacturing Dashboard Overview
A manufacturing dashboard is a performance and efficiency tool for tracking the productivity levels of a manufacturing process. Typically, production volumes and capacity are monitored daily for machinery, production lines or entire factories. These metrics and KPIs are then visualized on graphs and charts to provide real-time monitoring and alerting when volumes exceed set thresholds.
Who is this dashboard for?
This dashboard is aimed at many levels of the production process. Senior executives can see detailed production information that is vital in forecasting and capacity planning. Plant and production managers can leverage the information to monitor efficiency in the production process or assembly line and be alerted to any problems, and operators use these dashboards for real-time feedback of operating levels for machinery.
Manufacturing relies on a growing number of factors such as operator expertise, efficiency, capacity, staffing levels, volumes, planning and contingency to name but a few. Each having to function as part of a well-oiled machine. Luckily dashboards offer a practical solution for tracking not only each of these factors but also how their relationships affect others. Manufacturing KPIs can be created by consolidating various elements such as the number of operators relative to the volume of production to provide staffing level and operator efficiency data that helps with forward planning.
Trend analysis can highlight seasonal or historic low production periods that help with maintenance, volume pricing and marketing.
Future problems can also be avoided by merging the defect information and cause by customer complaints and returns to help provide a better way to pinpoint issues with either production or product design that would otherwise be pure guesswork.