Remote Monitoring looks at three major pieces of machine information: productivity information, process data, and injection data. With each of these three items, it is possible to view charts, export data, and run reports. The Remote Monitoring feature gives you the ability to chart multiple parameters, check historical data for quality defect information, and assess your process line’s productivity over time. The Process Data function allows you to generate interactive charts, capable of isolating individual parameters in a multi-line chart.
Upon selecting the Remote Monitoring menu, the Snapshot page will appear. This provides a general overview of minute data received from a machine. The list can easily be refreshed using the green Refresh button at the top of the list.
Charts – Productivity
From the Remote Monitoring menu, selecting the Charts > Productivity tab will open a customizable interactive chart which displays a machine’s OEE, Availability, Performance, and Quality over a certain time period.
Clicking the Edit icon near the Summarize By section above the chart provides several selectable options which allow you to change the chart’s display of the time period, as well as the options to summarize by job, shift, or a period of time. Click the icon to view a productivity chart based on the selected parameters, or save them for later use by pressing the icon.
If your chart is not showing data, or OEE values look incorrect, try the troubleshooting instructions shown in this FAQ article.
A sample Remote Monitoring Productivity chart is shown above, listed by machine shifts. The following information is displayed underneath, categorized by the chosen time period selection.
- Date: Shows the date of each point, and shift if necessary,
- OEE: Overall machine OEE for the day or shift.
- Availablility / Performance / Quality: Each of these three OEE metrics are listed individually.
- Duration: The length of each listed item is displayed here.
- MO: Machine Operating Time, which is calculated based on the number of minutes of collected machine production time.
- PO: Plant Operating Time, which is measured by the machine’s configured shift schedule.
- Average Speed: Speed average measured in the number of units over time. Varies per machine (in example above, this is shown in boxes per hour).
- Max Speed: The maximum speed listed for the selected item.
- Total Material: Total material count is shown here (may not be calculated or may be derived from other values based on machine data and sensors).
- Good Material: Total good material count is shown here (may not be calculated or may be derived from other values based on machine data and sensors).
- Waste: Total waste count is shown here (may not be calculated based on machine data and sensors).
Charts – Process Data
The Process Data charts look very similar to the Productivity charts. Machine variables including material production, speeds, and temperatures can be tracked individually from the charts in this section. Users have the option of using a Single Line chart or a Multi-Line chart. The other key feature of Process Data chart is the ability to choose an interactive charting mode.
Choosing the Single Line option will track a single variable, as well as statistical information such as a line’s upper and lower control limits, standard deviation, minimum, maximum, and average, while choosing Multi-Line allows for tracking up to six different variables at once, and will also display statistics such as the minimum, maximum, and average values for each batch of data.
Generating a Static chart will provide a simple line graph; while choosing Interactive will create a graph with additional features – users can zoom in on a specific time interval by holding the left mouse button and highlighting an area, view precise data for a specific value by mousing over a point on the chart, scroll the x –axes and y-axes.
List of chart interactions:
- Mouse over a line to see a dwell label appear with the exact data for that point.
- Scroll the graph by left-clicking and dragging the black scroll bar.
- Scroll in steps by left-clicking on either side of the black scroll bar.
- Left arrow key moves bottom axes and data one tic mark to the left.
- Right arrow key moves bottom axes and data one tic mark to the right.
- Up arrow key steps left axes and data one tic mark up.
- Down arrow key steps left axes and data one tic mark down.
- PageUp key zooms in on all axes by a factor of 2.
- PageDown key zooms out on all axes by a factor of 2.
- Zoom in to a region by left-clicking and dragging out a marquee with the mouse.
- Zoom in by a factor of 2 by SHIFT+left-clicking in the graph.
- Zoom out by a factor of 2 by CTRL+left-clicking in the graph.
- Right-Click over a single slider bar to zoom in on that axis by a factor of 2.
- SHIFT+Left-Click over a single slider bar to zoom in on that axis by a factor of 2.
- CTRL+Left-Click over a single slider bar to zoom out on that axis by a factor of 2.
Note: All the chart interactions are viewable below the chart once Interactive charting is selected.
The Isolated Graphing option will display each line in a multi-line graph separately from each other rather than having them overlap.
Note: Isolated graphing is only available with Multi-Line charts and can be used in conjunction with Static or Interactive charting.
Use the Export Data function to create Excel or CSV files containing machine data, to share and analyze as needed. You can read more about what’s included in these data exports here.
Export – Productivity Data
Generates a downloadable file showing productivity and OEE data for the selected time period.
Export – Process Data
Generates a downloadable file showing each collected data point on the selected machine, minute-by-minute, for the selected time period.
You can select specific points to include or exclude by using the radio button selection items displayed.
After generating a chart, the user can save it to the system or export it if desired. To save a chart to the system, click the Save button under a chart after it has been generated. To export, from the Export tab, select a mode to summarize by and choose a desired start and end date for your preferred time period, then export in your desired format.
To run reports on productivity information, select the Reports tab while in the Remote Monitoring menu.
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