The 'Workcenters' page is where all of your connected machines reside. To navigate to the 'workcenters' page, click on the Gear icon in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. The 'workcenters' page is available from the dropdown menu.
The workcenters list includes the name of each machine, as well as what integration method they underwent. You can decide to reorder your machines however you would prefer by clicking the 'reorder' button in the top right hand corner.
Adding a Workcenter
The 'Add Workcenter' button is only used if you are self-integrating a machine. If MachineMetrics Integration Technicians are performing an integration, your workcenters will appear in this list automatically as soon as they achieve connectivity.
If you click on an individual workcenter, you will be presented with more detailed information on that machine.
Here you can rename your workcenter, select its category, as well as opt out of 'Benchmarking.' Benchmarking allows anonymous utilization data to be included in benchmarking reports.
'Automatic Start' has several available settings. If you select 'disabled' as your setting, you will need to rely on your operators to manually dispatch jobs from the Workcenter View or a dashboard. The other settings options all relate to automation and what program(s) should dictate job starts. Simply make sure that your automation settings are in alignment with your jobs.
The other fields in the 'General' tab are typically set by MachineMetrics staff to assist in our tracking and can be safely ignored unless directed to do otherwise by your Customer Success Manager.
Integration - Workcenter Details
This section contains information on the make, model, and model year of your machine. These fields start off populated with the information you originally provided in your integration readiness document. Unless any of this information is revealed later to be inaccurate, there's no reason to revisit this section.
Integration - Data Sources
The data sources section is another area that will likely not require attention. Unless a machine undergoes a new and different type of integration, connects to MachineMetrics via a new edge device, or has a new configured adapter address, there is no reason to edit anything within this section.
This section allows you to set the default color changes on this machine's tile when viewing the Utilization Dashboard. The tiles on a utilization dashboard are colored based on in-cycle percentage of the current shift.
NOTE: If a job is running on this workcenter, MachineMetrics will default to the colors and performance goals associated with that job. MachineMetrics will only default to the downtime goals set here if and when you are viewing the Utilization Dashboard.
This section allows you to set the default color changes on this machine's tile on the downtime dashboard. The tiles on a utilization dashboard are colored based on downtime percentage of the current shift.
NOTE: If a job is running on this workcenter, MachineMetrics will default to the colors and performance thresholds associated with that job. MachineMetrics will only default to the downtime goals set here if and when you are viewing the Downtime Dashboard.
Unlike the notifications in the 'Profile' page, these are Machine-specific notifications based on the performance of the machine. When you set up a notification, you can set one up on behalf of yourself, or any other user.
NOTE: Executives and Managers can set up notifications for supervisors, but unless a supervisor has set up their alert preferences in their 'Profile' page, they will not receive any notifications created in this section. If you are creating an alert for another user, always remember to make them aware of it and make certain they have set up their MachineMetrics Profile.
You have the option to create notifications based on inactivity or utilization.
If you are creating an alert based on inactivity, you can add further filters so the notification is only generated if jobs are scheduled, if the machine is powered on and reporting, or if the downtime causing the notification is uncategorized.
If you are creating an alert based on utilization, you can add further filters based on whether jobs are scheduled, or if the related downtime is uncategorized.
The delay setting allows you to postpone generating a notification. For example, if a period of inactivity less than 10 minutes is not a serious concern, you may want to set up a delay so you are only notified of machine inactivity greater than 10 minutes in length.
The 'Groups' section allows you to set up multiple workcenter groups. Groups can have overlapping machines. Different workcenter groups do not interfere or interact with one another. You can filter machine groups based on machine cells, department, machine types, integration types, or the types of jobs/parts a given group of machines run.
If you plan to have multiple monitors in different areas of your shop floor displaying your current shift dashboard for different cells of machines, 'Groups' is where you create these separate cells.
You will be able to view a unique dashboard for each group you create, as well as pull unique reports for each group you create.
To create a new group, simply hit the Create Group button and then select all of of the workcenters you want to include in your new group.
You will also be given the option to select unique downtime reasons for this group. This is helpful if and when you have very different machines and departments with different behaviors and downtime reasons which impact specific equipment. If you don't check off any of these specific downtime reasons, all downtime categories will remain available for your new group.