In the meantime, three Peakboard Boxes are in use at Bizerba: The IT management dashboard runs in Lein’s office. “I always have an eye on the running applications and interfaces. This is also very practical when talking to my employees – we can immediately discuss who must take care of which issue. We also see directly how many tickets are open, which new tickets have been added, whether they are errors or requests. It’ s all always there – in real-time. I don’t have to retrieve the information first, I receive the information on different screens at any time.
The forklift information dashboard visualizes SAP, counter and webcam data. In defined cycles, the forklift driver is shown when he must empty containers, for example, at which point in production. The quantity of orders or which articles must be put into and removed from storage is also displayed. Via a live stream from the webcam on the delivery ramp he can see when a truck arrives and can drive to the ramp immediately. In addition, supervisors or production employees can send messages to the forklift driver. “We used Peakboard’s integrated web service for the implementation in the form of a small application,” adds Leins.
Another “case for Peakboard” resulted from a lean management initiative of a site: Peakboard displays in the production hall via a large, centrally located monitor how many minutes a production step may take before the workpiece is moved to the next workstation. The remaining time is indicated by color shading. The total output, the error rate, the weekly schedule and the daily routine are also displayed. Supervisors can control the display via centrally stored Excel files, which Peakboard accesses at intervals of a few minutes. If, for example, a machine failure occurs, the time display can be paused simply by clicking the mouse.