Dashboards in the Supply Chain – Manufacturing

Abf├╝llanlage Bottling plantManufacturing is another area in the supply chain for which you could have lots of KPIs that can be indentified and monitored. To a fair extent, a many of the KPIs for a warehousing operation also apply to a manufacturing environment, such as:

  • Monitoring the status of orders, including Priority Orders
  • Monitoring order turnaround times
  • Monitoring incidents on the production floor

Other items that could be monitored via a Dashboard in a manufacturing operation include:


Most manufacturing operations have productivity KPIs for staff, and by monitoring productivity via a dashboard in real-time will allow the company to identify and resolve any issues whilst they are occurring.

This information can also feed into trends, be it seasonal, type of product being manufacturing, etc so that adequate resources can be scheduled as required.

Raw Material Stock Levels

Whilst many ERP systems these days have real-time monitoring of stock levels and some have the ability to place orders automatically, it is still vital that planners are able to see what triggers these stock levels to run low and when. Any information they can gather about the items and their stock levels will assist with materials planning in the future and also guide them in adjusting the minimum stock levels.

Real-time monitoring via dashboards and/or alerts can provide input to this process.

Damaged Goods

Producing damaged good in the manufacturing process is a costly exercise as in some cases there is no option but to start again from scratch.

By monitoring any reported damages in real-time, the plant or factory manager will be able to identify the problem, analyse the cause and implement changes to reduce any further potential for damaged goods being produced.

Of course, the value of the goods being produced need to considered when implementing a monitoring process. Trying to fix the occasional damage in a low value item such as a plastic straw isn’t as important as trying to eliminate 5% of large crates turning up with defects.


Material wastage does happen in most manufacturing operations. However, identifying the causes of this wastage and trying to reduce or eliminate it will result in significant cost savings.

A real-time dashboard can be used to monitor how much wastage is being produced and if any particular workstations or machines is producing more waste than the others. In the case of a machine, it could indicate something as simple as a machine requiring recalibration!

Hopefully this is useful in some way and I would love to hear from you with any examples you wish to share.