A digital communication company came to us wanting to know the real-time data and status of the various machines on their shop floor. Their goal was to enable team members near and far to monitor and manage their machines. Their existing process had data residing in multiple standalone applications, which lead to an inability to effectively track status issues. This inefficiency in communicating issues meant that machine malfunctions weren’t being alerted until after the fact, ultimately leading to excessive downtime. This problem also steamed from their ineffective and costly BI tool the provided no interactive visuals to monitor equipment.
Our development team configured an on-premise data gateway setup that allowed them to securely access real-time data on their machines from virtually anywhere. In addition, our team also centralized their model production data, allowing for actionable insights, well as developed a BI proof of concept using custom visuals through Power BI.
Through custom automation and the direct connection through the SQL Server, this solution provided them the ability to monitor real-time machine status and track issues, saving time and energy. The newly uncovered data points lead to early discovery of issues, thus reducing machine downtime and significantly improving production. Additionally, the implementation of a Power BI custom dashboard solution visually represented the exact machine location within the plant, drastically improving their coordination and shop floor efficiency.