Based on the smartConnect building
kit, the machine manufacturer ASM offers its customers a user-friendly look at
all important KPIs…
ASM is the worldwide leading supplier and partner for
electronics manufacturing. The company produces, among others, printers and placement
solutions for electronics production – these devices are utilized in highly
complex production environments and manufacture a variety of products.
One of the challenges is achieving the most efficient use
of the machines as possible. High capacity and short changeover times have to
be ensured. To better support customers in this mission, ASM commissioned
in-tech as a partner in the development of the ASM Performance Monitor (APM).
Optimized production processes
thanks to KPI analysis
The APM was partly developed based on a modular
smartConnect building kit and runs via smartphone, desktop and info-screen. The
solution offers views for different user roles, from the machine operator all
the way to the production manager. Users can see the exact information on the
APM that they require at that particular point in time.
Targeted production analysis: With the APM, production managers receive insight into all
important KPIs, such as capacity, performance or component rejects. This
information supports the manager in the analysis and optimization of the
production processes and allows for a more efficient introduction of new
Performance monitoring: While production is underway, the APM allows the production
manager to set the current production goals and to analyze the current capacity
and productivity. Deviations from the targeted values are made visible so that
managers can intervene quickly.
Shift overview and mobile notifications: A large display shows the machine operator in production
important information about the current production status, such as the
target/actual quantities or the current line status.
Optimal usability via User
For the development of the APM app, the in-tech team used the
modular smartConnect building kit. This made fundamental functionalities
available and made the quick realization of individualized Smart-Factory
solutions possible. With the aid of existing modules, the concept was quickly
brought to life for the customer with clickable mockups and prototypes. Using
customer feedback, an optimal solution that was tailored to the customer was
developed in short, agile development cycles.
The team applied special emphasis towards user-centered design:
The goal was to provide the particular user with the required information for
the respective point in time and to therefore create optimal usability for all
ASM initially selected the figures that should be displayed in
the solution. The briefing consisted of a comprehensive overview of different
KPIs. In-tech developed the suitable information architecture, in order to
create a clean structure for the display of the required data. The team then
developed the user-friendly interaction concept for the different user roles
and devices. The visual design of the application supports the usability and
“The APM shows the production manager the exact information that
he or she needs at that particular point in time. This increases efficiency in
production, and the responsible employees receive more transparency and a
production overview while it is underway,” says Dr. Thomas Marktscheffel,
Director Product Management SW-Integration Platform.