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Manufacturing Dashboard: Generating timely output in the face of uncertain demand, complicated processes, and variances in input.


Decisions related to production quantities are linked to complex parameters. Demand can fluctuate, the need for a given product can fall or, conversely, explode, and you need to be able to respond very rapidly to such variations. This is all the more true given that such changes can have an impact on all processes and in all areas of the company. The watchword is, therefore, anticipation. How can you generate production outputs in a timely manner when faced with fluctuating demand? How to assess these complex processes and input variations?

Furthermore, each internal indicator identified will also have a direct influence on the product’s final margin. You therefore need to be able to measure equipment failure, reject rates, shutdown rates due to supply and/or raw material shortages (requiring analysis of purchasing division flows), occupational accident rates (requiring upstream work on safety-related factors), overtime rate, productivity rate per workstation, number of days of reserve stock, number of products manufactured over a given period, average production time per product…

All of these indicators can contribute to the definition of your goals. Furthermore, they must be continually challenged, in order to obtain both an overview and accurate views of each detail in real time. This process can be greatly facilitated with the use of a production dashboard.



  • Improve productivity
  • Maximize utilization of equipments
  • Increase flexibility
  • Ensure on-time procurement on raw materials


  • Improve quality
  • Reduce scraps
  • Produce on-time
  • Reduce customer returns
  • Monitor raw materials quality per supplier


  • Reduce maintenance
  • Reduce inventory
  • Reduce costs: Labour, Overdrafts
  • Reduce production bottlenecks


  • Ensure compliance with regulatory rules
  • Minimize health & safety incidents
  • Minimize environmental impacts


Optimize costs, reduce errors and wasted time on production lines, increase calm, increase profitability… These are some of the ways in which the fully customizable production dashboard can help your production activities:

  • Help plant staff monitor and reduce waste, lower defect rates and increase yield in production lines

  • Reduce downtime, increase productivity

  • Reduce overheads and labor costs, risks, error rates and maintenance issues

  • Ensure constant supplies by comparing analyses of various indicators with easy-to-understand displays

  • Increase productivity by boosting teams and improving workplace safety

  • Reduce production leadtimes by optimizing communication between the various links in the production chain

  • Reduce waste by optimizing the use of raw materials

  • Reduce the number of defective products by improving quality controls


Key Performance Indicators are used to measure the realized progress towards a strategic objective.
For a Manufacturing dashboard, here is a sample list of KPIs Lintao recommends (non exhaustive list):

  • Produced Quantity

  • Scrap Quantity

  • Scrap Rate (%)

  • WIP (Work In Progress) Quantity

  • Equipment Capacity

  • Equipment Occupation Ratio (%)

  • Equipment on hold (#, %)

  • Equipment under Maintenance (#, %)

  • Operators (#)

  • Operators Capacity

  • Operators Capacity

  • Produced quantity by Equipment

  • Asset Utilization (%)

  • Equipment Availability (%)

  • Quality Index

  • Cycle Time

  • Labor Usage

  • Labor Costs

  • MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)

  • Material Costs

  • Mean time to repair

  • Equipment Effectiveness

  • Productivity Increase (%)

  • Downtime (%, hours)

  • Units produced per hour

  • Orders produced by individuals

  • Orders produced by section

  • … or your own Manufacturing KPIs


The axes of analysis represent the elements by which you want to segment your observable information (such a KPIs) to understand the rationales behind a given performance. Also called ‘dimensions’.
For a Manufacturing dashboard, Lintao identifies the following axes of analysis (non exhaustive list):

  • Time

  • Plant

  • Product

  • Line

  • Work Station

  • Process

  • Route

  • Equipment

  • … or your own Manufacturing analysis axes

Example of a key data visualization for Manufacturing

Here is an example of cockpit for Scrap Analysis:


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Some references of Manufacturing Dashboards