The Dashboard Spy

April 29, 2006

Manufacturing Shop Floor Dashboard Screenshot – status, metrics of a bottling line

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 1:23 pm

When applying the concept of a digital dashboard to an assembly line environment, there is the challenge of graphically depicting the states of each stage of the process. Take the example of a bottling line. Do you have one dashboard for the entire line showing small metrics panels for each station, or do you have a separate dashboard for each machine? How do you clearly depict all this for the user?

The experts at offer this clever approach. The business dashboard screenshot below shows a 3D sketch of the Filler, Labeller and Cartoner machines in a bottling line. Below each machine is a metrics panel with red/green/yellow status bars and the metric associated with each machine. The leftmost panel is labelled Bottle Line and has the overall status of the operation. A good way to visually depict the status of each machine. Notice the 3D drawings themselves. They are sketches of the machines. Look to the left of the stations. You'll see that there is a computer monitor with a red/green/yellow light above. This is a great real-world, physical tie-in to the digital dashboard. If there is a red condition at one machine, not only do you see it on the enterprise dashboard, the actual machine on the shop floor will flash its red light and show it on its computer monitor. Rather neat.

manufacturing dashboard screenshots

Home work: Want to learn more about manufacturing and assembly line metrics? Start with these books on shop floor management. Even if you just browse through this list, you'll start picking up the language and concerns that you'd want to reflect on your executive dashboard.

So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of enterprise dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books (or even screenshots of real business dashboards) and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed to find how popular it has become. If you have a nice screenshot of a digital dashboard, balanced scorecard, or any business intelligence graphic to share, please send an email to info _at_ Also check out The Dashboard Spy's favorite books.


  1. Hello Dashboard Spy. I enjoy your blog about business dashboards. It is good to see such information. I have been studying this topic for many months now and am glad to see so many examples. I will visit your site often.

    I was very interested in seeing your post about “KPI Requirements for Dashboard Projects – Using the KPI business scorecards”. Thank you for the information about this dashboard topic. There is a dashboard project at work about this subject.

    The business scorecards graphic is very nice. I like the colors and the questions are very interesting – What Question? Who’s Asking, Why is it Important, etc. I think it is very good. I also like the layout of the screen. I have a question about the boxes on the right side. Is the user supposed to type the answers to the questions into the boxes?

    Comment by saibaba — November 21, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

  2. I do not know whether it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else experiencing issues with your blog. It appears as though some of the text on your posts are running off the screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them too? This might be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen
    previously. Appreciate it

    Comment by Local Marketing Business System from Matt Bush — May 10, 2013 @ 2:02 am

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