Operators view is narrower
Operators, on the other hand, focus on increasing monthly and quarterly manufacturing efficiency and reducing non-value-added steps in manufacturing. This means they need to hyper-focus on the equipment on their line and compare it to past performance and ideal performance. Their view is narrower than the supervisors’; extraneous information slows them down when they need to be able to comprehend data and decide quickly. Their KPIs typically include OEE, availability, and loss categories and, due to the nature of their responsibilities, they have a need to edit events for losses and configure views based upon the equipment they are associated with. Because they are often on the move, they also need to be able to access the information that organizes their day - their equipment, their work, and their performance - in one place, accessible on a mobile device.
The good news is that this breadth of needs is recognized and has driven the launch of new technology capabilities to answer the call. Today’s hybrid manufacturing execution systems (MES) is being built with standard and ad-hoc reporting by role, as well as the ability to configure personalized views.
For example, Proficy Manufacturing Execution Systems (Proficy MES) offer multiple options for enabling the ultimate UX flexibility. By providing an out-of-the-box application that is designed for tablets, but also works well on desktops, users have access to view by role and can add human-machine interface (HMI) mashups through “cards”, bringing the functionality of the out-of-the-box screens to HMI. Their views can be extended by adding new screens or even building a custom dashboard. Extensive enhancement can be built out as needed using REST APIs and Open Sourced client code, offering the best in class flexibility.