Avoiding Manufacturing Data Overload

| Marcia Pohl

Quality Manufacturing Data Matters

Avoiding Manufacturing Data Overload

It’s not about the quantity of the manufacturing data. It’s about the right data. For the world of manufacturing, having the ability to capture vast and complex data can be a wonderful thing. Data allow us to react to situations faster and give us the ability to make predictive decisions rather than reactive ones. Data allow our teams to make intelligent decisions regarding production schedules and many other aspects of our business. Vast and complex data are, conceptually, a wonderful thing. But, in some cases, control systems have gotten to the point where they have the ability to give us too much information, which can cloud our thinking, actually make our jobs more challenging.

The Right Data Make All the Difference

Blog Data Overload DialsWe find companies are taking the first good steps toward gathering data, but not taking that investment to the next level to actually make the information useful. It is not just about collecting the data; it is even more important to organize and filter the data. If the data are not presented to the end-user in a logical, concise manner, then the data can act as a detriment to that person’s job, leading them to come to inaccurate or uninformed decisions - costing the company even more money.

Intelligent Manufacturing Data Solutions

So how does one possibly manage the data and only look at the relevant information?  Engineering, maintenance, purchasing, and production planning all have very different job responsibilities, and therefore, require different data or need the data presented in a different manner. A successful manufacturing intelligence solution will:
  1. Configure with your existing systems and interfaces
  2. Provide ease of use for all different users and role types
  3. Allow users to access your data from anywhere including your shop floor devices, PC, or your mobile phone or tablet
  4. Be designed specifically for industrial environments

Data in the Right Hands

FactoryTalk® VantagePoint® software is a manufacturing intelligence solution that uses the Connected Enterprise to access the data and then utilizes a concept known as role-based navigation and security. The data can be organized and modeled in ways that make sense for different roles in the company while limiting access to sensitive data. The data can then be displayed in a customized format using drag and drop and the library of widgets provided. One could also create reports using the templates from the library of reports or use the Microsoft Excel Add-In to customize and publish reports.

Isn’t it time for your company to not only collect data but to start investing in transforming its data into the predictive decisions that increase your bottom line? Our Process Solutions team is dedicated to solving our customers’ challenges with innovative solutions contact us.