Project Portfolio Spotlight: Manufacturing Information System


A large production plant required a consolidation of plant-wide production information formatted for display to operators and managers. Faced with live data spread over hundreds of machines of varying vintages and technology, Signal.X devised a collector methodology to reach uniquely into each PLC, database, machine controller, etc. while returning a consolidated data stream to a plant-wide production database. Large display screens driven by over 20 individual collectors (National Instruments 3110 industrial controllers) show real-time production rates by shift. Summaries are shown for the day, week and month alongside enumerated part and machine faults.

A host application is distributed to members of the management team and pulls from the database to allow on-demand summary and display of production statistics by any arbitrary combination of machines. This allows “virtual” tracking of various production runs through the facility.

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