In this blog post, I would like to share detailed information on how DMC Dashboard Designer can be used not only to display real time values from Shop Floor Automation Tags, but also to react accordingly, displaying color coded areas on top of a background image, representing real world situations like warnings, critical situations or normal operations.
But first, let´s review a couple of concepts:
Dashboard Designer app helps you create interactive manufacturing dashboards using drag and drop on a wide variety of business and operational data.
Now that you know a little bit more about Dashboard Designer, let´s see how it can be used to create a Dashboard showing live data from the shop floor.
1 – Create an Equipment with Indicators mapped to Shop Floor Tags
Start by creating an Equipment from an Equipment Template or Model, with proper Indicator Group(s) and Indicator(s) assigned, and mapping those Indicators to Data Source Tags of a Shop Floor System.
2 – Create a new Equipment Revision and create Indicator Thresholds
In Equipment app, open the Equipment and click Manage > New Revision, to create a New Revision for the Equipment.
In Monitoring Tab, select an Indicator and click on Configure Indicator.
Configure the Indicator by informing values below.
Set the Number of Thresholds needed.
Set Min, Max values.
Set Thresholds, Colors and Descriptions.
Click Publish to publish the New Equipment Revision
3 – Create a new Dashboard
In Dashboard Designer app, create a new Dashboard, Drag and Drop an Image object and Select or Upload a Background Image.
Click on the Background image and then in Configure Graphics menu option an the top right corner.
Create Area popup will show up. Click Draw Rectangle, the very first icon on the menu bar.
A new rectangle is created in the 0x0 position at the top left corner of the image.
Resize it, Drag and Drop it, and place it on the right spot, click OK.
Expand Real Time Indicator menu option.
Search the Equipment previously created, where indicator thresholds are configured, and expand it to see the Indicators.
Drag and Drop an Indicator to the main panel, on top of the rectangle area in the background image.
Click the indicator and select Configure option to see Indicator details.
Check Threshold Definition details.
In Display Settings tab, uncheck Show Name and check only Show Value.
Click Save in the Menu Bar, to save the Dashboard.
Click Create Tile in the Menu Bar, to publish it as a new Tile to Launchpad.
Enter Name and Description of the new Tile and click OK.
4 – Launch the Dashboard from Launchpad
Check the new Dashboard Tile in the Launchpad and click to launch it.
Update the tag value and check the Dashboard. It should display the actual Indicator value and the Threshold color GREEN for an Indicator value of 85, for example.
Update the tag value and check the Dashboard. It should display the actual Indicator value and the Threshold color RED for an Indicator value of 25, for example.
In this blog post, you learned how DMC Dashboard Designer can be used not only to display real time values from Shop Floor Automation Tags, but also to react accordingly, displaying color coded areas on top of a background image, representing real world situations like warnings, critical situations or normal operations.
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