The company opted for Peakboard. The data to be mapped is imported from Excel and SAP and, following a retrofit that has been implemented by Peakboard Edge, directly from the machine. It can therefore not only be visualized in real time, but it can also be written back to the database. The products are detected one after the other by two photoelectric sensors that feed the information into the system. The interaction provides a low-investment solution that produces digital information about machines and processes.
Lemmer continued: “We had tested several solutions beforehand, some of which we developed ourselves. As soon as we tried to integrate several data sources across the board, it became very time-consuming. Ease of implementation and use was very important to us. Peakboard met these priorities by offering many standards in the SAP environment and integrating all the data sources without any additional programming effort on our part. In addition, I noticed even before we made the decision that we could use the user interface intuitively and easily adapt it.”
The company was able to produce its first visualization after a day, and after about four days ZARGES finalized the project, which was fully developed a month later. Lemmer noted, “Since we also use the data for business intelligence reports, we had to fill a database, hence the somewhat longer path for us. After developing a short specification and reviewing a few screenshots, we were ready. A lot, but not everything, was done remotely. We achieved the visualization itself with minimal programming effort. We had no developers in-house. It was a low code solution.” And, Lemmer added with a smile, “One of the view things we had to do ourselves was to plug in the monitors.” Since then, the company has installed a total of 10 dashboards that update themselves every 2 to 10 seconds. Another 20 monitors use Peakboard to visualize additional SAP order and logistics data in real time.