The online connection of plant systems makes plant or machine data automated and instantly available. Depending on the age of the facility , information is taken directly from the control or from additional connected sensors. This is what ensures that a signal is received for each cycle time or produced part.
Facility data typically recorded are:
- production quantities, produced good parts
- capacity utilization, availability and reliability
- machine status (production, malfunction, maintenance)
Compared to hand written or manual input, the automatic recording of plant system data is more objective and less prone to error. As the manual collection, management and correction of data is eliminated, work capacity is free for other tasks. Another important advantage is that down-times and malfunctions are transparent and can be swiftly responded to.