Study: Plants Share More Data With Executives

Plant-floor data is making its way to the boardroom with the use of real-time analytics and electronic dashboards, according to an AberdeenGroup study.

One-third of manufacturers surveyed said plant-floor data is being delivered to VP/director-level dashboards, with another one-third planning to implement similar dashboards within the next 18 months.

"Leading manufacturers are tackling the tough issues of integrating plant MES (manufacturing execution systems) with plant-floor devices, rationalizing disparate data sources and electronically connecting with ERP and supply chain systems," said Jane Biddle, author of the report and vice president of Global Manufacturing Research at Aberdeen, in a Business Wire statement. "This benchmark study helped to confirm that the relevance of real-time plant-floor data has increased significantly as enterprises focus more on top- and bottom-line results."

On the plant floor, 65% of manufacturers surveyed reported using visual work instructions, such as work procedures and priority lists, and 45% are using operations-specific dashboards, including testing and monitoring.

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