I'm working on the design of a manufacturing dashboard to track the status of various "jobs" as they make their way through various manufacturing processes. I'm trying to develop a creative way of showing the jobs in the context of a schedule or timeline.
One view that I've already created contains a grid with each job in its own row and each column representing a different process that that job must go through (i.e. machining, polishing, paint coating, etc...). This view is all well and good - but it lacks the timeline aspect and additionally, I don't believe that it is the most meaningful to the operators who will be using this dashboard.
A more meaningful view would allow operators to look at a specific process (instead of all processes like in the spreadsheet style grid above) and be able to see various metrics, cases that are coming through the pipeline (i.e. in the previous process), in backlog, in production, and recently processed. Something like this:
And to add further value to that - I would like to show that in the context of a timeline.
Ways that this could be done that I've thought of:
- Actually showing a timeline above or below the views described above, with time in the horizontal axis - to demonstrate where various jobs are in their schedule.
- Using some type of color gradation to indicate the amount of time a case has been in a process or at a certain stage (fresh cases are green and become more red as they sit and wait)
- Show an actual time value next to each job in a list, indicating the time it's been sitting around or in a particular process ... or maybe the time it's in that process and the time it's been in production overall)
- Some combo of the above or something else entirely.
My question here is, in your opinion, what is the best way to achieve the desired "time" representation I'm describing? I know this is a very specific situation - but if anyone has had experience with dashboard design for business or manufacturing, your input would be of value.