Plant Visibility for Efficiency Improvement

Use Case

Improve throughput, drive efficiencies, and reduce manufacturing costs

In an era where manufacturing industries face increasing shortages of skilled and unskilled labor, mainstream manufacturers are becoming more aware of the benefits of Industry 4.0, IoT, and data-driven manufacturing. Aerospace manufacturers, for example, have reaped significant benefits from continuous improvement initiatives that use data-driven manufacturing and production and efficiency reporting tools. This has been critical for high-value/low-volume aerospace scenarios, and other discrete manufacturing verticals are now following suit. Similarly, process manufacturing verticals have monitored processes for decades, but their custom solutions were not generally able to leverage data for metrics.

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Collect real-time production data to increase efficiencies and throughput, while reducing costs

This solution use case is provided by MEMEX on MindSphere®. MEMEX’s MERLIN Tempus provides actionable data to fuel more efficient use of current resources and drive down unit costs. The easy-to-use interface reduces training costs and lowers the requirement for computer-literate skilled labor. MERLIN Tempus data visualization tools provide real-time feedback on production, thus reducing response time to nonproduction situations.

In the wake of high levels of manufacturing automation and sophistication, the application provides out-of-the-box, secure, web-based efficiency tools that collect, validate, and normalize data to identify issues and monitor improvement initiatives. MERLIN Tempus calculates overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and process metrics, supporting real-time event triggers and alerting on conditions resulting from events.


  • Provides intuitive data visualization with real-time event triggers and alerts. 
  • Calculates OEE and process metrics, and combines them with production information for analysis. 
  • Supports job-sequencing and shop floor-level scheduling. 
  • Offers predictive maintenance algorithms and ad-hoc reporting.  


  • Provides real-time data visualization, actionable alerts, and highly customizable reporting. 
  • Leverages data for metrics used in efficiency improvement and cost-reduction initiatives. 
  • Improves efficiency and production benefits by 10% to 50%, with measurable ROI in weeks. 
  • Reduces training time and the need for computer-literate skilled labor through an easy-to-use interface.

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MERLIN Tempus is a manufacturing operations management application that easily collects data from IIoT devices on the shop floor for ingestion into MindSphere. This web-based data visualization tool streams real-time data to any computer or mobile device. MERLIN Tempus seamlessly converges operational event data, operator classification and feedback, and ERP job data into an intuitive user interface. 


MEMEX Professional Services

Engineering offers a range of professional services to deploy this solution, depending on your needs, and accelerate your digital transformation. Services may include: consulting, implementation, integration, customization and training.

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