Operations in MachineMetrics represent the production standards used in your environment for machine operations. Operations are used to contextualize machine data at the moment across dashboards and views as well as historically in reports. The Operations page allows you to add, edit, import, and manage your Operation standards in one place.
A MachineMetrics Operation must be created for each discrete machine operation used in your manufacturing process for a particular part. For example, if you have a part that takes 10 separate operations on 10 separate machines (lathe turning, milling, and so on), you will need to create one Operation in MachineMetrics for each of the 10 separate machine operations. Only machine operations need to have Operations created for them. Non-machining activities such as heat treatment, layout, and mounting are not specifically tracked in MachineMetrics Operations unless the Setup Stages feature is enabled in System Settings.
Topics covered in this article:
- Accessing Operations
- Adding Operations
- Editing Operations
- Operator Operations Functions
To access the Operations page, navigate:
MachineMetrics Homepage > Production > Operations.
This will take you to the Operations home page where you can see a list of all Operations as well as manage each one.
From the Operations page, you are able to select any Operation in your list and perform a variety of functions like:
- Filter and Search
- View Report
Filter and Search
From the Operations page, you are able to filter your Operations by the items below as well as use the search function to find other keywords.
By hovering over the individual rows the options View Report, Edit and Expand will appear
Selecting View Report will open the production performance report for the individual Operation. This report can be used to drill down and see how your Operation is performing against the standard that you have input. Operation Standard Optimization is highly recommended by MachineMetrics. To learn more see the article below:
To Edit a Operation, select Edit from the options that appear when you hover over the Operation in your list. This will open the Edit Operation flow where you can update the details and configurations.
Expanding a Operation will show you any Custom Machines along with any standard overrides for the Operation.
There are two different ways you can add Operations to MachineMetrics. The Operations Page can be used for adding Operations with the Add Operations form. For more information about this method, visit our Knowledge Base article here.
The second method for adding Operations is to import a list of the Operations , typically in the form of a .CSV file that is uploaded to MachineMetrics. For more detailed information about this method of importing Operations, please refer to our Knowledge Base article here.
Individual Operations can be edited after they have been imported into MachineMetrics. To do this, navigate to Production > Operations and hover over the Operation that is going to be edited. On the right side of the screen, there will be an Edit option. Once this is selected it will take you to a screen where a number of things can be edited, such as machines included, expected and ideal part times, setup tracking, and performance goals to name a few. For more information please visit our Knowledge Base article for editing Operations here.
Operator Operations Functions
Operators can perform a variety of functions utilizing the Operator Dashboard interface, this allows for more precise control when Operations are running. Some functions operators are able to perform include starting and stopping Operations, pausing and resuming Operations, categorizing downtime, and rejecting parts. For more information about Operation functions performed at the operator level, please visit our Knowledge Base article here.
* Please Note: If you choose to automatically add/update Operations using an integration with your ERP, you will need to use the legacy CSV formatting for that process.
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