in The Forrester Wave™: Digital Operations Platforms For Manufacturing Businesses, Q3 2020.
Gain deeper insight to plant-floor equipment and production performance.
With analytics and Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications that provide detailed business insights, plant floor visibility, and operations performance data.
With data collection and reports that are logically grouped by business domain, such as finance, quality, or production, helping you understand your performance in the context of your business.
For both you and and your customers with full traceability and operations monitoring.
Plex analytics shortens the path between gathering data and taking action. You can trust a single version of the truth whether looking at a plant floor screen, operational report, or dashboard. And because the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform is cloud-based, you can count on an enterprise-class data warehouse that will grow with you as you do, preventing you from having to overspend to plan for future needs.
Quickly find and navigate through data visualizations. Use drag-and-drop dashboards that require no setup, configuration, or special training. Users can self-provision their own ad hoc reporting to get answers and insights without writing a single line of SQL code, or allow more advanced users to write custom SQL to retrieve additional data from the cloud. Plex is a single source of always-up-to-date truth, enabling you to analyze transactional data as it happens.
Whether your users have programming experience or not, they can build the visualizations they need with fully customizable reports and charts available through self-service portals and the Plex SQL Development Environment. With Plex, you can visually track plant floor machine performance and historic time-series data to identify inefficiencies and trends and improve performance. Users in various departments and roles can contextualize data across domains and combine this information with custom-defined KPIs.
You can define a Main Company Reports list and allow users to define their own lists of favorite reports. Users can also access hundreds of existing report templates from a common menu categorized by business function. Plex allows customers to deploy role-based, domain-specific analytic applications with relevant KPIs pre-selected for Supply Chain, Sales, HR, Finances, Production, and Procurement. You can also apply security permissions to reports to control access to sensitive information.
Plex's native browser-based design and complementary mobile applications allow you to view and monitor live dashboards from any connected device to make critical business decisions, even when you’re not in your office. Your reports can be scheduled and distributed automatically to designated users, minimizing human intervention needed for frequently used queries and reports
Connect to any plant floor work cell, workcenter, machine, or programmable logic controller (PLC) and see ubiquitous data streaming from your assets. Leverage industry standard sensors to gain even greater resolution for monitoring performance of virtually any device
Plex provides operators and supervisors with on-demand access to the real-time equipment status, speeding their reaction time to status changes. Users can create a digital Andon system to visualize the status of any machine without the need for physical Andon lights.
With Plex, you can monitor asset status from a real-time dashboard on any device from anywhere in the world to enable remote operations management. You can also visualize a graphical history of data streams to monitor trending and help diagnose events.
With visibility into not only your asset performance but also what that performance means for your business goals, Plex helps you continuously improve areas you may not have considered before. You can identify negative trends and events that can preempt machine failure, resulting in reduced unplanned downtime. Analyze equipment performance against capabilities to optimize efficiency and increase production throughput. Enhance quality assurance with additional product and process data and analytics to measure and monitor quality with a higher degree of accuracy.
Plex Analytics and Industrial IoT (IIoT) is designed to provide immediate value for your company, while preparing you for whatever tomorrow brings.What is Smart Manufacturing?
Connect shop floor performance data to maximize production and operational visibility.
Automate alerts sent to personnel who can effectively react to behavioral data that’s outside of the norm.
Track equipment performance trends over time to predict downtime for proactive planning.
Analyze trends and compare operational data against other KPIs to discover new opportunities for improvement.
"I spend about 30 percent of my time driving continuous improvements for us in Plex, but those are all value-added activities—and I’ve eliminated all the data entry I used to do."
Operations Manager, A&K FinishingLearn More
"Once our first wave of users experienced the greater control over production quality and engineering, they requested that we roll it out across all of our operations—right down to the production floor. And they continue to contribute new ideas on processes that we can move to Plex to make them more efficient."
Deputy Managing Director, Eurotranciatura MéxicoLearn More
"Plex’s biggest strength is its ability to integrate our manufacturing plants within and across our plants in the United States and Mexico. We are considerably more efficient
after integrating PLCs, allowing our operators to function with less manual interaction."
IT Manager, Batesville Tool & DieLearn More