Real-time Flex IS integration with Power BI

How do I get my data from the machine into Power BI?

With the X10 Industrial Gateway you can easily read out your Emhart IS machine data via the Flex IS protocol. The data is then processed real time in the Actyx Ada architecture and played into Power BI through the Power BI interface. Power BI can then be used cross-device on your mobile phone, your shopfloor dashboard or at your office. This gives you access to real-time information, push notifications and reports such as daily status, OEE or Job change reports wherever you are.

Why? This flow of information can be used to, for example, identify bottlenecks or reduce downtime.

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How does machine data acquisition with Flex IS work?

The Machine Data Collection (MDC) application is installed on the Actyx Industrial Gateway, which is based on the Hilscher netPI. Data translation for the respective data schema of the system can be configured via the graphical configuration interface. The gateway comes with an ethernet plug for your Emhart IS machine and is extremely robust, so that it can also be used flexibly in the extreme environments of glass manufacturing. The gateway also supports further machine integrations, such as OPC UA, OPC DA (classic) or Bottero IS.

Easily collect machine data:

  • Plug & Play, no installation
  • Fully managed, no need for your IT to operate it
  • Best practices for glass manufacturing, no risks

Rely on Microsoft’s leading Business Intelligence tool: Power BI

Our integration with Power BI allows you to use Microsoft’s leading BI software to access live or historical data about batch plants, melting furnaces, counters and QA machines. This enables ad-hoc analyses on the shopfloor or on the move, so that you can react to problems fast. It also provides the basis for the Axctyx reporting & analytics application for enhanced reporting of daily line output/metrics, OEE, job changes and weekly outputs.

Increase customer satisfaction through more flexibility and fast reaction times

Learn about problems before or as they occur. Automatic notifications, triggered by specific thresholds, allow you to react earlier. Short-term decisions can be communicated quickly to the relevant employees with the Mobile Team Collaboration application. Adjusters at the hot end can be informed within seconds of relevant QA machine events from the cold end and react quickly. This means that you are no longer in delay and can better utilize your assets or even maintain them with foresight .

Factory Software Made Simple

Extracting and analyzing machine data in Power BI comes with a new kind of service provided by Actyx that eliminates the traditional problems of IT projects. Consulting is included and you only pay once the solution is up and running. All software and hardware components are installed in less than 8 weeks and completely operated by Actyx, with 100% cost control. Learn more about the Actyx All-Inclusive Package.

Extend at the click of a button: send machine data into your ERP or to mobile worker terminals

If you collect your Emhart IS machine data using the Flex IS protocol , you have many options for leveraging it. To avoid the creation of parallel systems, with Actyx the collected data can be easily played through ERP interfaces into your source of truth. In combination with machine data collection (MDC) along with other Actyx applications provides and easy way to add further value: context-sensitive worker assistance, intelligent quality inspections or real-time data communication become even more useful tools. By supplmenting your workers and management with in-depth knowledge on data such as batch house, furnace and QA machine data, key parties are able to enhance their decision making process and react faster to potential disruptions in the glass manufacturing process. In this case, the Actyx Visual Management Dashboard application can be leveraged to monitor relevant information such as current orders, machine status, OEE, QA machines and hot/cold-end line outputs.

You can find additional information on how end-to-end data can be translated into added value in our Actyx solution for glass manufacturing.

Data and transparency only become helpful, if they are leveraged through deriving, formulating and measuring operational initiatives to add value.

Let us calculate your Flex IS/Power BI Business Case together!

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