A manufacturing dashboard highlights where products are in the pipeline and calls out important metrics for leaders to easily view trends.
A manufacturing dashboard acts as a one-stop location for leaders to understand how products are progressing through the pipeline, identify which products may be late, and how the overall efficiency of the pipeline is performing.
The summary report above displays the name of the product, the phase the product is in, the start and end dates, and how far along the product is. This list view is beneficial to understand all the products your team is currently pushing out. Another way to list this information is through a Gantt chart. A Gantt chart is helpful to visually see how the products are performing against the timeline.
Product Pipeline – Phases
Sometimes, your team will need to easily identify where products are in the pipeline. By differentiating the phases of the pipeline in these simple reports, your team can easily find products, understand why they may not be meeting deadlines, and even drill down to learn more information. The best manufacturing dashboards, including this example from ClearPoint, make it easy to drill down from the dashboard for more information on any product. By splitting up the products by phases, your team has easy, digestible information about all products in a specific phase.
Below the listing of products in the pipeline, leaders need big-picture metrics to help them understand if their team is performing well. Metrics like production time, rejection rate, and expense by division all allow your team to understand if quality is being met in your products efficiently and effectively. Showcasing metrics on your dashboard allows leadership to notice if any metrics are trending downward, and get them on track as necessary.
Key Elements for Manufacturing Dashboards
- Status Snapshot of all active products
A snapshot of the current status of all active products allows managers to easily digest the information they need on where their products stand. Without this element, and without a manufacturing dashboard, managers are often left feeling unsure about the status of all the different products in the pipeline.
- Qualitative information on product status
Knowing where products stand isn’t always enough. Leaders also need qualitative information for each product in the pipeline. By splitting up the product pipeline, leaders can see which projects may be falling behind – and more importantly, why. This allows managers to quickly assess which products need extra support.
- Dashboard charts of important metrics
Knowing where items are in the pipeline is important. It’s also important to understand the efficiency and effectiveness of your pipeline. This helps teams improve their overall efficiency, meaning they can churn out more high-quality products, faster. By showcasing important metrics on the dashboard, leadership can view trends and have meaningful conversations to improve the product pipeline. It also allows teams to dive in directly from the dashboard to learn more about any metric that may be falling behind.
This dashboard is intended for project managers and leaders within your manufacturing department. Your team can utilize this dashboard to better understand progress on their products in the pipeline and use it to make informed decisions to improve metrics.