FactoryTalk Metrics collects, aggregates, and correlates data from disparate sources of the manufacturing and production line. Rockwell’s FactoryTalk information software portfolio enables manufacturers to better visualize and gain insight into production operations, analyze and monitor sources of inefficiencies, poor quality or downtime, as well as provide standardized workflows and procedures to optimize production operations.
FactoryTalk Metrics also enables accurate reporting of real plant-floor activity for better understanding of the real causes of inefficiency, waste, lost capacity, and higher costs. With this accurate data, manufacturers can refine, streamline, and prioritize the process improvement initiatives—resulting in reduced downtime and decreased cycle time. Leveraging the firm’s FactoryTalk Metrics, users can access data from anywhere including shop floor devices, PCs, or mobile phones or tablets in order to make smart decisions that increase productivity. In addition, Rockwell also provides security services that are integrated into the FactoryTalk directory for secure data access control.
By implementing FactoryTalk Metrics software, plant management has the granular answers for the downtime losses and the root cause for the fault or line stoppages. One of Rockwell’s clients, a global cosmetic manufacturer has recently added a new line to its plant to increase production quantities of mascaras and lip glosses. The plant management expected the new line to yield an outcome of about 100 to 200 containers per minute. However, once the production went online, the manufacturers were frustrated with the frequent line stoppages— logging an incredible amount of downtime and affecting the overall equipment efficiency. To efficiently monitor, collect and analyze data for calculating and visualizing OEE on plant-floor operations, the engineers configured the FactoryTalk software from Rockwell Automation into the multiple plant-floor information systems. With new, granular manufacturing intelligence, the cosmetics manufacturer was able to easily evaluate line deficiencies and identify requisite improvements.
With the best-in-class software, the firm has plans to extend its services globally and serve more customers by staying true to its philosophy with innovation at the core and pure commitment to the success of its customers in the global manufacturing landscape. To keep manufacturers at the forefront of automation knowledge and best practices, Rockwell will continue to offer more assessment services, instructor-led training, and e-learning products—based on the workforce requirements.