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The Design of a Machine Status Management Tool

Koning, W. (2021) The Design of a Machine Status Management Tool.

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Abstract:A lot of advancements are happening at the moment in the manufacturing industry, one of which being that data-driven applications are on a rise. This report describes the development of an interface design made to show the status of machines on a shopfloor, and to provide an insight into their performance for Fraunhofer Project Center (FPC). Additionally, maintenance information and product information are displayed. The users for this interface are clients and visitors, management, and engineers. The research question for this report is “How can an interface be designed such that it shows the status of the various machines around the shopfloor?” with sub-questions relating to what information to display, how to display this information, and how the user should get to this information. This interface is realized using an iterative design process and the Moscow method to prioritize tasks and is designed in Adobe XD. This resulted in a visualization of the machines using 3D-models, which had coloured roofs according to their status. Selecting a machine would allow the user to inspect parameters of the machine, including historical data, past failures, maintenance information, as well as its capabilities. The final design was evaluated using both a questionnaire and a semi-structured interview. The result of this evaluation is that the participants found the interface very self-explanatory and found the visualizations clear. The iconography used throughout the design was also understood well according to the questionnaire. Though, it was lacking in user experience due to the development taking place during the coronavirus pandemic. Further research and development of this interface should be focussed on developing the user experience. Research should be done towards whether it would not be better to develop separate interfaces for the separate users. Development of the back end that would support this interface is also recommended.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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