Simatic Information Server

By: Alex Marcy on November 15, 2014
Tagged: Siemens

After implementing KPIs in WinCC Performance Monitor you will need a way to visualize your Plant's performance. Simatic Information Server gives you an easy way to build reports and other visualizations you can use to analyze your data and use it as the information necessary to run your process at the highest standard.



Reports and Dashboards

Simatic Information Server saves you time. You will no longer need to spend an afternoon troubleshooting a calculation in Excel that is making your KPIs go off the charts. You won't have to spend energy compiling information into multiple formats to make everyone on your team happy, and you don't have to worry about getting the reports sent out on time.

With Simatic Information Server your KPIs have already been generated, you can easily generate reports in Excel, Word or PDF formats using out of the box templates, and you can automatically send out reports on a schedule.

In addition to the report templates you have full access to modify the existing reports or create your own from scratch. Custom reports can also be used to display information from other systems you may be using, giving you even greater access to information across your entire organization.

Ad-Hoc Reporting

Information Server also includes Microsoft Office Add-ins giving you the ability to import data into Excel on-demand for your staff to get the information they need, anytime they need it. Unlike other platforms this will save you time by not having to create custom reports for every single person who wants to access performance data.

If you are familiar with the reports from another performance management system and are now using Simatic Information Server, please let us know, we have already done the legwork of implementing many reports from other systems into Simatic Information Server's format.

You can also utilize dashboard functionality in your reports. This gives you the ability to make information available to anyone in your organization at the right level of detail for their needs. This functionality is built into the same interface used to manage your reports. Unlike other platforms you do not need to open a separate program and convert your dashboard to fit into the right format to be useful.

Trending

In addition to reports you can display all of the data from your WinCC Performance Monitor system in your existing WinCC applications. Using standard trend tools built specifically for KPI tracking you can show your KPIs with less time than it takes to read this article.

Business System Integration

If you have any systems elsewhere in your business you can easily integrate WinCC Performance Monitor information into their workflows using Siemens' Industrial Data Bridge tool. Maybe process downtime directly affects product quality testing schedules. You can notify your quality technicians of process upsets on particular product runs allowing them to schedule their time more effectively. Another example might be when product quality directly affects when shipments will go out and the shipping department can be immediately notified of delays so they can manage customer expectations as soon as necessary to maintain customer agreements.

Integrating with your business systems is likely more complicated than implementing Siemens' performance management suite in the first place, however you can work with your IT staff or outside developers to access this data directly from the database. We have leveraged this capability for many of our customers with great success. All of the data is available for you to use and you can structure your data in the most efficient way possible for your systems.

T-Minus Time to Success

Implementing the reporting and analysis tools using Simatic Information Server is a very quick process. Using report templates gives you access to the most common pieces of information used to impact your bottom line. If something is not immediately available in the stock reports you can easily build your own custom reports.

Possibly the most important question you can answer is why wouldn't you want to have access to all of the information about your process? If you could increase capacity, reduce costs, and enable continuous improvement using the equipment you already have along with better information would that better your bottom line?



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