Aegis iMonitor 2.0 Redefines Real-Time Factory Monitoring

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Aegis Software announces the release of iMonitor 2.0, a system enabling manufacturers to create their own real-time dashboards to monitor the enterprise, factory, and lines in real-time through web browsers. iMonitor offers machine operators, production managers, and executives the power to create unlimited numbers of interactive and real-time production tracking, materials, utilization, and quality dashboards as easily as one would design a PowerPoint slide.

iMonitor represents a real revolution in information visibility by supplying customers with a simple means to custom-configure monitoring dashboards, right out of the box. Dashboards are constructed by dragging-and-dropping 'gauges' and 'charts' and other active elements into a design view, similar to PowerPoint slide construction, along with user-provided graphics such as line pictures or plant drawings. The user then activates each element by simply indicating the Aegis xLink data source for that machine, tester, station, or area of the process--and the dashboard instantly comes alive in real-time.

To create unlimited drill-down investigation of real-time data, iMonitor works much like a normal website-users link any gauge or chart in one dashboard to another dashboard, creating a 'dashboard site structure' for unlimited interactivity.

Many manufacturers want their real-time dashboards running above their lines on flat panel displays. For these applications, iMonitor allows users to build 'slide shows' of multiple dashboards that rotate at user-defined time intervals without user interaction-all as easily as making a PowerPoint presentation.

For customers using Aegis' best-in-class factory-wide Manufacturing Operations Software (MOS), iMonitor's Mini Dashboards can be made available within any Aegis shop-floor interface to provide each operator whatever real-time information engineers believe would benefit them at each station.

Additionally, iMonitor users may create unlimited numbers of dashboards and store them for viewing on the web. Dashboards can be secured to precisely limit access to particular persons or groups of persons, and do not require 'refreshing' as they automatically update their content in real time.

For massive deployments, Aegis invented an architectural technology to minimize server load as usage of dashboards increases in the enterprise. As the number of dashboards opened simultaneously increases, the load on Aegis servers increases at a far lower rate than dashboard technologies of the past.

A sampling of the types of real-time information an iMonitor-empowered enterprise has in real-time right in their web browsers:
- Quality: Yield, Paretos, Counts, Standard and In-Process DPMO, DPU
- Materials Depletion: Materials Levels: At Reel, Feeder, Cart, Machine-factory wide.
- Performance/Utilization: state, utilization, CPH, cycle time, production rate, machine faults
- Alarms: view Aegis system alarms instantly for resolution
- Production Control: Factory wide Active WIP by customer, assembly, job, location, revision, etc. predictive job completion, progress, estimated time complete, line completion projections
- Predictive Line Down: number of units, number of components, or time until materials depletion causes a line down condition
- Materials Setup Status: setup condition of every station system-wide
- Tooling Life and PM: usage and remaining total life as well as inter-service life periods for every tool, machine, and fixture, system-wide

"Manufacturers know real-time process information is valuable to everyone from the line operator to the executive, but getting access to this information in an easy, cost effective, and process-wide manner has proven elusive." says Aegis CEO Jason Spera. "iMonitor 2.0 makes the dream of factory-wide dashboards a reality by empowering the user to build their own dashboards, and connecting them to Aegis' industry leading data acquisition systems within the factory. By supplying the customer with all the resources they need to be completely self-sufficient from a data visibility standpoint, we offer them an elegant and economical solution-the hallmark of Aegis products. From the early adopters of iMonitor, we have learned the only limit to its enthusiastic adoption is determining how to mount the plasma displays above the lines quickly enough."
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