Visualize different data in real time – this helps to track and optimize processes. In production, however, machine data is often not even available digitally, while the company works with ERP software elsewhere as a matter of course. Integrating these various data sources is often beyond the capacity of IT teams or lean managers.
The challenge: visualize data from different sources without interfering with the PLC
The solution: Display data in real time and process it automatically
The company decided to use Peakboard, an all-in-one solution consisting of software and hardware. First, a retrofit was carried out on the machines with the “Peakboard Edge” component in order to have the machine data available in digital form. This allowed information to be input and output directly via external devices such as switches, barcode scanners, photoelectric sensors or signal lights. In the present case, a light barrier was used. No intervention in the plant control system is required for this and therefore no new CE certification is required. Peakboard Edge does not communicate via a display, but is always connected to a “Peakboard Box” on which the logic of data processing and visualization is executed. This box is a mini-computer, consisting of a single circuit board, protected by a sturdy aluminum housing. The connections are soldered robustly on the board. Since the case also serves for heat dissipation, an additional fan is unnecessary.
Many standards are offered in the SAP environment. Due to the user-friendliness of Peakboard Designer, no programming skills are required on the part of the user. All components communicate in encrypted form, the user decides when and with which data sources communication takes place. Each PeakboardBox can be assigned any number of different users and rights.
Finally, the PeakboardBox transfers the finished dashboard to a monitor that displays the data from the previously defined data sources in real time and fully automatically. The entire solution does not require Internet access, but runs entirely on the local LAN network.