Software Feature Visualizes Machine Tool Data

The “dashboards” feature of 5ME’s data-capturing Freedom eLOG software suite enables users to create a one-screen view of machine tool performance data.

The “dashboards” feature of 5ME’s data-capturing Freedom eLOG software suite enables users to create a one-screen view of machine tool performance data. The feature combines multiple graphics, called “dashlets,” into a single view based on job function such as maintenance, production, cell supervision, etc. Each can be set up for a single machine, a cell or a mix of various machines on the shop floor. Users can create and customize dashboard size and design, establish the machine scope, and determine the data criteria and refresh rate. Each dashboard can be saved using a unique name for ongoing monitoring, and dashboards can be edited, deleted or printed out for long-term record keeping.

Multiple dashlets are available. The “banner” dashlet creates areas of customizable text on the dashboard for report titles or descriptions. “Summary view” is an enhanced view of the eLOG “daily view” report that includes a configurable set of data elements to be rendered over time. The “machine status” dashlet displays the current state of a machine or machine grouping based on the current Association For Manufacturing Technology span time category, while the “events list” dashlet displays details on number of occurrences, duration and percentage in regard to total time values. The “alert top 25” and “events top 25” dashlets show the top occurring alert or event instances for a machine or machine list over a selected time period. Users can host an external Web page on a dashboard via the “embedded page” dashlet, providing access to business systems or links to external reports.

The MTConnect-compliant Freedom eLOG software suite, of which dashboards is a feature, automatically extracts critical manufacturing data to produce Web-based reports and analytics on asset utilization, availability, performance, quality and OEE. The software integrates with ERP, MES, maintenance and quality business systems, and can be accessed via smartphone or tablet device.

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