A new whitepaper from Canary Labs of process analytics describes how companies can gain insight into how their process operates, find problems, and improve quality, according to the producer.
The white paper, ‘Process Analytics Finds Process Problems’, was written for manufacturers to help identify problems in their process and improve quality by using process analytical software, such as that designed by Canary Labs.
“Process Analytics and Intelligence—sometimes called Manufacturing Intelligence—has transformed the way companies produce goods, understand their manufacturing processes, and ensure a quality product in ways we could not have foreseen ten years ago,” said a press release from Canary Labs.
According to the company, best in class manufacturers today use large volumes of real-time process data, generally stored in a process historian, as the foundation to drive real-time analytics and dashboards which can improve their ability to detect and react to process bottlenecks or quality issues.
In many cases, real-time analytics have replaced the legacy concept of running reports, Canary Labs says.
“Reports that represent a static picture of a process at a fixed point in time are great tools for compliance audits and long term warranty analysis. However, they may not accurately represent the ‘as-is’ state of a process,” the press release said.
“With many reports, the end consumer is often expected to know how to interpret the data and has a limited ability to drill-down and view data by a subcategory or sub-classification.
“Analytics, on the other hand, are generally used to summarize and further dissect the data in forms that require minimal input from the user. Instead of users having to interpret the data, it’s presented in graphical form enabling them to more easily drill down to explore the data and draw a conclusion based on real-time information.”
Canary Labs suggests using its Real-time Process Analytics and Intelligence tools, claiming they have the potential to expose a significantly greater amount of process data than traditional reporting is capable of delivering.
“Reports that provide data to knowledgeable users allows them to interpret and draw conclusions from the data based on their domain knowledge and understanding of the process. However, these reports may not be the best vehicle to deliver information to the majority of company personnel,” the company said.
“Real-time analytics helps to bring process issues into focus. While graphical analytics may not answer all the questions, they help to expand the understanding of the issues behind the data.”
The white paper can be downloaded here.