Now that you understand the fundamental functionalities of the ThingWorx Manufacturing Apps from guides 1-3, we will see how those functionalities can be customized to provide value unique to different plant users. It is recommended that you complete guides 1-3 before starting this guide.
This guide will demonstrate how the ThingWorx Manufacturing Apps can be modified to include information relevant from an external database for maintenance personnel. You will learn how to establish a connection to an external Maintenance Order database and tie Maintenance Orders to the relevant asset.
The Custom Asset Viewer App you will use is designed for Maintenance personnel but is an example of how the ThingWorx Maintenance Apps can be customized for different roles within the factory.
|Est. Time||30 Minutes|
|Published||June 04, 2019|
You'll learn how to
- Configure a custom mashup
- Connect ThingWorx to an external database
- Import data from an external database
Things used in this guide
CREATE A CUSTOM ASSET VIEWER
- Step 1: Download Supporting Files
- Step 2: Create User
- Step 3: Add Model Tag
- Step 4: Import Extensions
- Step 5: Configure Database Connection Properties
- Step 6: Set Up Database
- Step 7: Open Custom Asset Viewer
- Step 8: Understand Supporting Services
- Step 9: Next Steps
Challenges Manufacturers of factory equipment often rely on manual processes to maintain adequate supply levels of consumables in equipment at customer sites. But a clipboard-and-pen process for ordering supplies are error prone, and can quickly grow wrought with problems that often go unreported until they affect assembly line production, resulting in unexpected costs—such as overnight shipping charges—and risking downtime, which ultimately leads to customer dissatisfaction.
Solution One such manufacturer implemented ThingWorx to connect to equipment installed at customer sites, and created a custom web application using ThingWorx Foundation to remotely monitor supply levels. ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity provides the bi-directional connection to send data that is displayed in graphs on the web application created using ThingWorx Mashup Builder. Features of ThingWorx Analytics were used to generate alerts before maintenance problems affected production.
Outcomes The manufacturer is able to monitor supply levels to more effectively anticipate when consumables will need to be replenished. Supplies are now consistently ground shipped on time to meet assembly line demand, reducing interruptions to operations and allowing expansion to multiple plants with improved service level.