In an age where data-driven decision making is critical to business success, harnessing the power of information has become crucial for manufacturers.

And as businesses continue leaning into Industry 4.0 solutions, more manufacturers are able to track and measure every individual action taking place across their operations. But what good is this data if you're unable to leverage it to inform your decisions?

To help visualize their data, manufacturers often implement a variety of production dashboards. These visual management tools help track the efficiency of assembly lines, identify bottlenecks, or monitor the usage of resources, providing supervisors with a wealth of information at a glance.

In this post, we'll explore the importance of manufacturing dashboards and how they can help transform the way you track production and make decisions to continuously improve your operations.

What is a manufacturing dashboard?

A manufacturing dashboard is a real-time, visual representation of a manufacturing process or production facility as a whole. Manufacturing dashboards combine data cards, graphs, tables, and other visualization techniques to make production KPIs easy to understand. They organize data from machines, sensors, devices, and workers into easy-to-read, instantly available breakdowns that can be displayed across the shop floor.

By digitizing your production dashboards, you don’t have to spend time gathering and analyzing production data. It’s all there for you right when you need it.

Below, we’ll introduce you to a number of different manufacturing dashboard examples. We’ll walk you through:

  • The kinds of manufacturing data they’re displaying
  • How they’re organizing it
  • The improvements these dashboards unlock

6 examples of manufacturing dashboards to transform your shop floor

1.) The “Mission Control” Dashboard

“Mission control” dashboards are high-level overviews for keeping the whole team aligned.

In this dashboard, we see all of the information we need to get a sense of how production is going on a given day. From there, you can see how that day stacks up against others that month.

Here is what this type of dashboard can show you:

  • How long since the last safety incident
  • Operating conditions (you could also add temperature, noise, or other ambient conditions)
  • A breakdown of how each operator has performed during by day for the month
  • A daily unit count with first pass yield
  • Line-specific break downs, with options for clicking to new dashboards with more detailed info
Production Dashboard
Take a bird’s eye view of your factory anywhere.

Every mission control dashboard can be configured to show the data you need.

2.) Shop floor overview

Shop floor overview dashboards provide a bird’s eye view of production. They begin with a schematic or a floor plan, and overlay critical product data, and layer information about cell, machine, or plant performance on top.

Shop floor production dashboard
This shop floor overview shows you how materials move through lines, and can help you identify bottlenecks and disruptions

These dashboards can help you track materials from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. You can quickly identify bottlenecks, and track exactly when unplanned downtime slows a run.

Here’s what this manufacturing dashboard shows you:

  • How much inventory has arrived
  • Whether or not machines are occupied or free
  • Buffer levels (color-coded to make it easier to spot replenishment needs)
  • How much finished product is ready to go out the door

By mapping production metrics to physical space, these dashboards give you a simple way to understand whether or not your workflows are optimized.

3.) OEE Dashboard

Overall Equipment Effectiveness is a fundamental manufacturing KPI. It’s simple way of understanding whether or not your meeting production expectations and, if now, where the problems are.

OEE dashboards provide real time readouts of each of the pillars of OEE (quality, availability, performance), for as many machines as you need.

OEE production dashboard
An OEE dashboard for a full fleet of machines

In the first dashboard, you can see OEE readouts with the current status for an entire fleet.

Any one of these machines could be configured as a button, allowing you to click through and drill down further into any one machine.

In addition, individual machine KPIs can be displayed on the machine terminal for operators to reference.

Here’s an example:

Machine terminal dashboard
This is an example of a drill-down panel you could display to any machine terminal app

4.) Room/Asset Availability Dashboard

Many processes, especially in pharmaceutical manufacturing, can’t be completed unless the right rooms or assets are available.

Standard methods for tracking room uses magnets and whiteboards aren’t effective, and can lead to communications gaps.

Check out a longer breakdown of a Tulip customer’s room availability dashboard here

Availability dashboards show you exactly whether a room or asset is ready to use.

In this manufacturing dashboard, room status is communicated in a few ways:

  • Colors designate the purpose of rooms
  • The “current project” panel shows which project or process is slated next
  • The table on the bottom left gives the status of each room
  • The navigation bar on the bottom lets you move between projects, room status, maintenance logs, and analytics
Room availability dashboard
A room overview dashboard for coordinating production with resource availability

5.) Daily Production Dashboard

It’s important to know whether or not you’re meeting your production goals hour by hour.

Production target dashboards show you how many parts you’ve completed against hourly goals. This gives you a way of seeing which shifts, lines, and employees are performing best.

daily production dashboard
This daily production dashboard helps you align production goals with actual production

Here is a breakdown:

  • The leftmost column shows whether or not you’re hitting daily quotas
  • The middle column gives you the actual parts produced
  • The right columns show you the goal, and the difference between the goal reality

For team members on the go, a mobile version of this dashboard helps them stay in the loop. This version shows recent events so they can react quickly to issues.

Mobile device with a daily production dashboard

6.) Operator Performance Dashboards

It’s critical to objectively measure operator performance. True performance measurements give you a way of identifying top performers who may have discovered a better way of doing a task, or tribal knowledge worth documenting. And it lets you retrain lagging employees early.

Tulip analytics graph step time by user
Operator performance dashboards help you see who your top performers are, whether a step is tripping people, and which operators might need more training.

In the dashboard, you can see:

  • The items on the x-axis are steps in a multi-step assemble
  • The y-axis is time
  • The colored dots represent how long an operator spent on a given step, with each color corresponding to an individual operator

These kinds of dashboards can tell you a huge amount about your processes, your workforce, and what you need to do to improve.


Running an efficient plant is key to achieving a competitive advantage in today’s dynamic manufacturing environment.

By implementing these manufacturing dashboards, the visibility needed to catch problems early, boost productivity, or make that next big improvement is all there, ensuring factories are operating at their highest levels.

If you're interested in learning how Tulip can help you track and visualize production activities, reach out to a member of our team today!

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