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This article intends to explain how to configure dashboards using either a pre- defined template or creating your own model using available widgets.
1- Pre- requisites
1-1 Suggested readings
1-2 System state to successfully create a dashboard
The following must have been set before creating your very own Dashboards:
- The Factory Structure.
- The Connectors.
- Both Shift sand Targets.
- Tightening stations are configured to send data to DeMeter.
- Infinity Stations are configured to send production data to DeMeter (this does not include traceability data).
- You are connected to your DeMeter Configurator instance.
2- Creating a new Dashboard
Open the Dashboard menu then click the Add icon.
The next window lets you choose your preferred method to create your Dashboard.
Blank dashboard - Icon 1: lets you create a dashboard using any widgets from a set list. You can adapt the widgets for size, position… This solution lets you leverage the full traceability of your DESOUTTER assets and solutions.
Import a file - Icon 2: lets you use a configuration previously saved on another Demeter station. Particularly suited to share across your organisation the dashboards best suited to your company.
Use a template - Icon 3: lets you select among a list of pre- defined templates a dashboard that matches your needs. Best suited for getting familiar with DeMeter before creating your very own dashboard.
Copy a dashboard - Icon 4: lets you copy an existing dashboard from your server to use as needed.
Each dashboard can be personalised after its creation. Widgets can be: resized – moved – deleted – added.
3- Using a Template to set your dashboard
1- Dashboards aggregating data from all DESOUTTER products installed at your factory (Process Control – Tightening…): they allow you to have a status of the whole factory with a single glance.
2- Dashboards aggregating data from all Process Control stations: they allow you to monitor how well your team is performing at the assembly stations, and check where help may be needed.
It is possible to choose to monitor KPI’s for your whole factory or a single production line, check for each station production timing details or ensure no alerts hinders your team.
3- Dashboard aggregating data from all Tightening Stations: choose to either monitor your KPI’s for the various tightening stations and tightening units, or ensure the tightening quality matches your requirements.
The following articles will provide you with additional details about the various dashboards:
Click Next once the Dashboard is selected to access the last step of the creation process.
This last window will let you choose both the name for the dashboard, and set an optional title. When no title is set, the dashboard name is used instead.
4- Starting from a Blank Dashboard
The Blank Dashboard creation process only requires you to provide a Dashboard Name and a Dashboard Title (optional).
The created dashboard is, at this stage, empty: the data you wish to monitor needs to be added at the next stage.
Select the previously created dashboard then Edit it.
The next view allows you to setup your display.
- 1: Dashboard name as provided during the creation stage.
- 2: Slogan that can be added to your dashboard.
- 3: Main display area: you can populate it with Widgets retrieved from 4.
- 4: List of all available widgets. Each widget specifies the type of information it can be associated with:
- Alerts: the widget aggregate alerts coming from any setup connector.
- Process control: widget displays specific data extracted from connected Infinity Stations.
- Tightening: widget displays specific data extracted from connected controller / tightening units.
Note: widgets’ appearance during the creation process is only an indication of the final result.
- 5: Search bar: simply enter the first few characters, and only the corresponding widgets will be displayed.
- 6: Filtering: you can choose to filter based on the type of information you wish to display (i.e. Alerts - Process Control – Tightening - Misc).
Each widget can be dragged, dropped, resized at your convenience:
- Click the + icon of a widge to select it.
- Drag the widget anywhere in the Main Display Area then drop it.
- Resize the widget by clicking on the lower right corner.
As you add widgets, some will become unavailable due to size requirements. This is dynamically updated upon changing the size or the position of any of the widgets positioned in the Main Display panel.
Save the Dashboard as soon as you are satisfied with its content.
5- Creating a dashboard by Importing a file
The first step to create a Dashboard using this method is to Export a previously created one.
5-1 Exporting a dashboard
Navigate to the Dashboards panel.
Click on the sign then choose to Export the Dashboard.
The file will be saved (by default) to the user’s Download folder as a .json file, prefixed with the Dashboard name.
5-2 Importing a dashboard
The menu to select the file to use as a reference opens after choosing to Import a file as a dashboard creation option.
Navigate to the folder the file to load has been copied to then select it. Once the file is selected (and valid) click Next to complete the import.
In the next window, provide a name then save the dashboard. It will appear in the list of available dashboards.
6- Further readings
The following articles can provide you with additional information relevant to the subject: