Without the proper tools, data analysis is a bit like drinking water from a fire hydrant. The experience can be overwhelming and, in the end, leave you feeling unsatisfied. That's why quality dashboards are vital for manufacturers. They funnel and filter a continuous flow of data into panels that display visual snapshots, clear metrics, and KPIs.

This article shows you how to create and customize quality dashboards that display easy-to-access actionable data.

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All dashboards refresh every five minutes, so the data you see is always up to date.

Manage dashboards

To open the Dashboard screen, go to Reporting » Dashboard.

This displays a list of the current dashboards and the Default dash. Every user account has one default dashboard. You can create as many dashboards as you need.

  • To create a new dashboard, enter a unique name in the title section and click Save.
  • To delete a dashboard, click the trash can icon.

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Add panels

A dashboard is a collection of panels that provide access to quality information. Manufacturers have full flexibility in what metrics to add to their dashboards so that they can act promptly and work more efficiently. The dashboards refresh every five minutes, so the data you see is always up to date.

You can add panels to your dashboard from:

  • the Dashboard screen
  • a results or statistics overview
  • a control chart or SPC overview
  • a distribution chart

From the dashboard screen

Go to the Dashboard screen and click the +New panel button. From here, you can create a panel from a stored graph or a data set (with saved filters) on the Results & statistics drop-down menu. The Results and Statistics buttons allow for even further tailoring of how your data will be displayed.

From a results or statistics overview

You can also add panels to your Dashboard from the graphs, statistical overviews, and result overviews.
A (filtered) results overview and statistics overview can be added through: Reporting » Add to Dashboard

From a chart

A control chart and SPC overview can be added through Save » Add to Dashboard
You can add a distribution chart directly from the pop-up by clicking on the "Add to Dashboard" button in the chart's panel footer.

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What is an intuitive quality dashboard and why is it valuable?

Manufacturers collect large amounts of data to ensure their products meet the highest quality standards. But monitoring processes, analyzing data, and making it accessible at all times can be a cumbersome task, especially when dealing with hundreds of products.

Quality dashboards simplify that work by enabling users to filter and summarize relevant information into easy-to-understand visual snapshots.
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Changing dashboard layout

In order to present the data as clear and easily as possible, you can customize what type of information you’d like to bring to the forefront but also how this information is presented. Prioritize panels with pressing issues, remove those that are no longer needed and easily share dashboards.

To change the width of a dashboard panel:

  1. Hover the mouse on the top right corner of a panel.
  2. Click the toggle icon. The panel width decreases to half-screen.
  3. Click the icon again to increase the width to full screen.

If you decrease the width of multiple panels, it's possible to create a side-by-side display on the screen.

Moving panels

To change the position of a dashboard panel, click the title and drag it to a new location.

Removing panels

  1. Hover the mouse on the top right corner of a panel.
  2. Click the trash can icon and then OK in the confirmation pop-up window.

Sharing dashboards

On the Dashboard screen, click the Share button and choose from the drop-down menu to select a username. The selected user receives an instance of the dashboard by email.

A dashboard is shared by making a copy of the dashboard. After this initial share, there is no synchronization. This means that changes to the original dashboard are not synchronized to its copies.

Example applications

Quality dashboards are a powerful building block in our platform. They enable you to quickly get a helicopter view of your operation, improve awareness and facilitate real-time communication between departments.

We created a shortlist of example dashboard applications and their configurations. It's hardly complete. We aim to show you how AlisQI dashboards can help you make quality management smart and omnipresent.

  • Use dashboards to guide meetings

    In your quality operation, you probably have a number of regular meetings, like a monthly safety meeting or a weekly improvement group meeting.
    These meetings often start with a review of the performance in the last period. We see many of our customers creating dashboards for these meetings to provide all the data with a click of the mouse. This eliminates the data collection and reporting task so that you can spend your time on the actual improvement projects.

  • Real-time production dashboards
    Awareness is key in quality management. Visualizing your performance, by means of a control chart, for example, will boost the awareness regarding deviations.
    Imagine these dashboards on large screens on the shop floor. This can be a valuable first step in improving quality.
  • Personal dashboards for your start of the day
    As a production manager, you probably want to check a number of statistics first thing in the morning, to understand how yesterday's performance was. Instead of going through stacks of paper or numerous Excel files, do yourself a favor and create a personal dashboard.
    Grab a coffee and review your data. How's that for the start of your day?
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