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XL810: what's new

XL810 - real-time data for production and performance management

What's New With XL?

The XL800/810 is amazing value for money as there are no expensive ongoing software licence fees or lease payments.  As a result payback periods are unrivalled.

It is also a living, breathing, and continuously improving product that does have updates that are available.

The newest software (version 2 and higher) runs on an entirely new platform. Here are the latest release features. To see more detail and images of these new features, go to the News page. Click here.

XL810 Version 2.15 (December 2021)

Improved Dashboard Layout Tools

In the past, dashboards were limited to three fixed-format sections: One Column, Three Columns, One Column. 

Now, you create dashboards with any number of sections, and you can also:

  • Configure each section with any of eight different column layouts.

  • Use the new floating toolbar to add a new section, move or delete an existing section, and choose between the eight different column layouts.

  • Add a collapsible heading to any section to further structure your page.

  • Drag-and-drop widgets to easily rearrange your dashboard layout

Top Losses Widget

Another big one. Top Losses is one of the most popular features and now it is available for dashboards as well. That means you can integrate Top Losses into your own custom reports.

Rank and display your Top Losses and choose to show any combination of Lost Time, Occurrences, Loss Percentage, Trend (within the selected time period), and Change (compared to the previous time period).

Top Losses is also now enterprise aware. You can choose to combine work centres and see aggregated loss data for the selected work centres, or you can choose to see losses for individual work centres.

Pivot Table Widget

Summarize. Cross-tabulate. Find Patterns

Pivot tables summarize and cross-tabulate data across multiple dimensions, which makes it easier to see patterns in your data. You can think of pivot tables as “pivoting” a dimension from being row-based to being column-based. It’s the same data - just a different presentation.

The key to the unique functionality of pivot tables is being able to specify any of the 19 XL data dimensions as columns. For example, you can show reject reasons, down reasons, or shifts (shown in the image) as columns.

Pivot tables are highly configurable with live controls as shown (from left to right): Enterprise, Time Range, Level, Row, Column, Metric, Filter, Sort, and Export.

Top Losses Attention List

Attention lists are a table feature that shows ordered sets of losses as miniature bar charts. Now top losses are available as an attention list. Show up to five top losses per row, where each top loss includes the duration, the type of loss, and the frequency (events, cycles, stops, or pieces).

Top Losses attention lists are great for improvement meetings, as they provide you with an information-rich view of the most impactful losses. Think of it as a menu of improvement options!

Event List Widget

The Event List widget organizes production information in a time-ordered list that is optimized for spotting problems and instantly exploring the underlying data. It’s a great tool for transforming data into action.

Start by selecting a data dimension for analysis, such as shift, part, or hour.

Next scan for problems. Event Lists leverage colour for report scannability and to ensure that problems leap off the page.

Then delve into the data. The three icons on the right of each event enable you to instantly explore:

  • Metrics (view summary metrics and pinpoint the primary sources of lost production time with detailed Six Big Loss analytics)

  • Rejects (explore the underlying reasons for poor quality)

  • Comments (get additional context from comments directly linked to the event or associated with the event time frame)

Improved Dimension Picker

The reformatted dimension picker makes it easier to select the dimension you need. Dimensions are now organized into three groups:

  • Enterprise: Includes asset-based dimensions like Site and Work Center.

  • Production: Includes dimensions related to the production process such as Shift, Part and Reject Reason.

  • Date and Time: Includes dimensions related to time.

We also clarified the distinction between two fundamentally different “types” of time dimensions: continuous time and date parts.

The Time dimension represents continuous time, meaning it shows you time as flowing from the beginning to the end of the time range chosen in the time range selector.

Other Date and Time dimensions represent date parts. Date parts extract part of a date, allowing you to see aggregated time periods for easy comparison. For example, you can choose Day of Week and see aggregated data for all the Mondays, Tuesdays, etc. within the selected time range.

Two-Week Time Schedules

Lots of customers have been asking for this one.

XL now supports two-week time schedules, with the ability to choose between 1 Week or 2 Weeks as recurrence patterns. This enables you to create multi-week schedules such as a version of the “Pitman Shift Schedule,” where four teams split two half-day shifts in a two-week cycle, providing constant coverage on every process.

Also included is a new option for an Empty Schedule that can be used to disable the time schedule feature.

Click this link to see more info including images in news updates

XL810 Version 2.14 (September 2021)

Rich Table Content

Four new types of columns that you can add to tables to increase the level of visual impact. Quickly compare and contrast information

  • Row Colour. Uses heat map colours to lift the visual impact of each row.

  • Attention Lists. Visualise key losses(down, changeovers, rejects) as mini horizontal bar charts within a table row

  • Metric Lists. Visualise KPI's for instant comparison. Choose from a carefully select list of 24 metric sets.

  • Comments. Integrate comments into tables

Advanced Table Sorting

  • Single or Multicolumn sorting

  • Advanced Limits eg sort by OEE for 10 part runs with the lowest OEE, or top 10 down reasons

Improved TPT and Timeline Pages

Wow, what a makeover. Timelines and TPT pages were always great, now they are next level "at a glance" visual on how your process is running

  • Add a new shift "Hour" strip with heat map colour, text overlays for important dimensions and metrics

  • New live controls for the table data below the TPT timeline, allowing selection of event/aggregated/hierarchical rows, as well as the ability to export this table of data instantly 

Start New Down Event

Improved ability for an operator to manually start a new down event if needed with a new "Start New Down Event" barcode

Other Changes

  • Internet Explorer 11 Support is ending as Microsoft has started discontinuing support.

  • Elements are now renamed Widgets

Click this link to see more info in news updates

XL810 Version 2.13 (April 2021)

Capture and Analyse Comments

Instantly add comments to any event, such as a down event, changeover, or part run. It's easy. Just click on a chronogram event to add a comment.

For example, you can use comments to add details to a reason, describe how you addressed a problem, or capture an idea for a future improvement. 

With the new View Comments page. Select a built-in view or search for one or more words, such as OEE or conveyor jam. Gain further insights and context with single-click access to a complete loss report for each event associated with a comment.

You can also create your own views. Focus on a specific type of event, review all comments that occurred during a period of time, or add filters to refine your view. Create views that align with your company policy, such as:

  • Part runs with OEE below 65%

  • Down events over 15min with no comments

Centrally Manage Work Centre Hierarchies

Manage the hierarchy of all the work centres you monitor with XL in one place – XL Enterprise. Set the portion of hierarchy that can be seen by each XL Enterprise user and from each linked XL device.

 

More Powerful Tables

Tables have been completely redesigned and are packed full of new features. Tables now include live controls, which are the fastest path between your imagination and what you see on the page. With live controls, tables update in real-time as you change their design.

New grouping options make it easier than ever to create event-based, aggregated, and hierarchical tables. Heat map colours provide the visual status of normalized metrics and make it easy to scan for areas that need your attention.

Advanced Filter Control

Refine your analysis with the new advanced filter control. Create complex filters with multiple dimensions and metrics. For example, create a filter to show all down events that are missing a reason and that lasted longer than 10 minutes. Or create a filter to show comments for all part runs where OEE was below 65%

Flexible Control Over Counts

You can now configure any digital input to suspend all count and cycle inputs. This provides a hardware-based mechanism for ignoring counts. For example, you may want to ignore all counts while running rework.

You can also configure any Planned Stop or Not Scheduled reason to ignore all counts or to categorize in counts as rejects. This provides a state-based mechanism for ignoring or recharacterizing counts. For example, you may want to classify all counts during a changeover as rejects.

Proxy Server Support

Now you can use your network proxy server as an intermediary between XL and XL Enterprise. For example, if your network firewall only supports static IP addresses, a proxy server can be used to provide DNS lookup and automatically manage connectivity to XL Enterprise. Make sure to let your IT team know about this one.

 

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XL810 Version 2.12 (September 2020)

Heat Map Charts

Compare with colour. Instantly spot problems.

Using colour to visualize metrics is extremely effective for quickly spotting areas of concern – or areas where you are doing exceptionally well.

Choose from four different types of heat map charts: time (e.g., OEE over Time), dimension (e.g., OEE by Part), dimension over time (e.g., Utilization by Plant over Time), or dimension by dimension (e.g., Labor Efficiency by Asset by Team).

Powerful New Chronograms

We’ve packed them full of useful new features.

We have completely redesigned the chronogram – with a huge array of new features:

  • Stack multiple chronogram strips with different data dimensions to clusters to visually discover patterns in your data.

  • Use the new palette control to apply heat map colors.

  • Use the new text overlay control to show dimension values and up to three metrics per event.

  • and more

New Live Controls

The fastest path to dashboard perfection.

The KPI and Chronogram elements now feature “live” controls, providing easy configuration to customise your dashboard

Improvements for Changeovers

New reports. New options.  We’ve updated the Changeover deep dive page to include:

  • New pareto chart of changeover reasons.

  • New hierarchical table of changeover reasons with drilldown into individual events.

XL also now includes an option to start changeovers via digital inputs to ease integration with other systems.

Manual Run Detection

Handy for applications with long cycle times. Eg Cutting, blending, mixing processes

For processes with long cycle times, it can often be better to control run detection from an external source running/not running signal, vs the normal count signal. Now XL provides three ways to externally control the run detector using:

  • Digital input (typically from a PLC)

  • Barcode scan (typically by an operator)

  • XL API (typically through integration with other applications and systems)

Detecting State After No Production

A subtle but useful improvement for operators.

When a break or changeover ends, there is often a short period of time before running production can be detected. XL now assigns a temporary production state to this time and displays “Detecting… Run or Down” on the scoreboard to let the operator know that XL is automatically detecting the state. As soon as XL detects that the process is running or down, the scoreboard updates with the new production state and XL automatically adjusts the underlying event.

Improvements for Reject Reasons

New reports. New dashboard functionality.

We’ve made reject reasons a full-fledged analytics dimension. This means they are available throughout the reporting interface, including custom dashboard tables and charts.

We’ve also added new out-of-the-box charts to the Quality Loss deep dive page, including the ability to analyze rejects by production phase, production state, and shift.

Additional Features

As always…lots of “smaller” improvements as well.

  • Discontinuous Events: If a changeover, down, or maintenance event (i.e., production) is split by a meal/break or meeting (i.e., no production) the two parts are now automatically treated as a single event.

  • Reject Reason API Support: You can now submit reject reasons with count quantities through the XL API to enable easy integration with other systems and applications.

  • Part Barcode Duplicate Scans: Scanning the barcode for a running part will now start a new part run for the same part. This enables running the same part twice in a row. It also enables changing part settings and having the new settings immediately take effect.

  • Scoreboard Format Options: You can now set the number of decimal places for cycle times (as well as percentages) displayed on the scoreboard, which is particularly useful for long cycle time applications.

  • Display Time of Day: There is now an option to display time of day on the scoreboard.

See more detail and images in the News section

XL810 Version 2.11 (March 2020)

Automated Shift Reports 

Your team can now receive an instant end-of-shift summary report from XL Enterprise with key metrics, comprehensive loss information, and a summary of all part runs for that shift. 

Enterprise-Aware Dashboards

With the addition of the KPI and KPI Group, all five dashboard elements are now enterprise-aware, which means they can show rolled-up data for any level of your enterprise hierarchy. For example, you can use a KPI element to show the OEE for a single asset, for an entire area, or for your entire plant.

Multiple Dimension Charts

Dimensions are descriptive values that refer to a qualitative attribute of production, such as the Shift, Asset, or Hour. XL includes twenty different analytical dimensions and now you can create charts that incorporate multiple dimensions. Eg: Down Time by Reason by Shift, OEE by Team by Hour.

Text Message Alerts

If your mobile carrier supports email to text message gateways, you can now choose to receive alerts (real-time notifications based on metrics, production state and targets) as text messages instead of emails. (charges may apply)  

More Ways to Scan Parts and Jobs

Scan your existing work orders and product barcodes to start part runs or jobs, or with a mouse click, or via the XL API..

Import Jobs from Excel

You can now export jobs from XL as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, make any desired updates, and then import the updated jobs back into XL. It is easier than ever to quickly and efficiently configure jobs.  

XL also supports direct integration with other systems and applications using the XL API. You can use this API to push information to XL (e.g., job parameters) or to retrieve information from XL (e.g., job metrics)

XL API

The XL API now supports triggering inputs. Eg forcing a down event

XL810 Version 2.10 (January 2020)

Automated Email Alerts. 

Automatically send email alerts to key employees based on how your process is running. Alerts are delivered by XL Enterprise, which is a cloud-based SaaS application developed by Vorne as an integrated part of the XL platform.

Labour Efficiency Tracking

XL now calculates earned labour time and labour efficiency based on target labour times you define for each part. Instantly know if you are meeting or beating your labour standards.

Faster Reject Entry

Now XL makes this even easier with a new feature that enables operators to scan multiple rejects at once. Simply scan the a barcode for the qty of rejects followed by the reject reason to include them in the current shift and part run.

Improved Run Detection

Choose between cycle or speed based down detection.

Split Down Events

Scan the new Split Down Event barcode to separate one stop into a sequence of down events, each with its own reason.

End Events by Target or Running

XL now directly supports a new option for ending events, “By Target Time or Definitely Running”. Your event will automatically end by whichever occurs first.

XL810 Version 2.9 (June 2019)

Track and analyse Teams and Labour metrics. 

​Analyse any of existing 100+ metrics by new team or labour dimensions. Use a new deep dive page for built in reports, or use them in your own custom dashboard pages ​

Simplified cycle metrics

​For easier understanding cycle metrics now focus on running and small stops. A new Equipment cycle is added to assist with cycle based asset care programs

Improved Top Losses

Now includes a KPI bar to give a quick summary OEE and it A, P, Q components

Filtering on Analyse Pages

New filtering ability on the Analyse deep dive pages. Filter data by Shift, Part, Team,Production Phase, Shift Hour.

Mobile Friendly Navigation.

Redesigned to work seamlessly with large and small device screens

 

XL810 Version 2.8

Andon Dashboard Page.

​See a real-time, highly visual picture of the current state of manufacturing.

 

Stacked Chronograms

Stack and compare multiple assets TPT across a synchronized timeline.

 

Native Excel Export

Easily export data directly to an Excel file. Export tabular data from any page or view, or create your own export formats using dashboard tables with any combination of metrics and dimensions.

 

Micro MES

Ability to configure jobs directly in XL and start them with a click of a mouse. Start jobs with barcodes, or by clicking a mouse.

 

Import and Export Parts

Easily add new parts and update existing parts.  ​Import or export all part settings, such as Ideal Cycle Time, Takt Time, Down threshold, and Start with Changeover for up to 1,000 parts.

XL810 Version 2.7 and Earlier

Help Videos  

Short and focused videos make it super-fast and super-easy to learn XL

 

Loss Report Tooltips. 

Tool-tip includes a time analysis, count summary, OEE metrics, and Six Big Loss details

XL Enterprise

XL Enterprise is our cloud-based platform, and in this first release it delivers free software updates to your XL devices. You maintain full control. Decide if you want XL to check for updates automatically. XL loads updates in the background and you simply click to install. 

 

Shift Hours.  

Hour-by-hour boards are particularly popular in automotive and in lean manufacturing. We’ve brought the concept to XL by aligning hour-based reporting to your shift schedules.

Clear Selected History

One piece of incorrect information can erode trust in your data – so keep it pristine. If despite your best efforts, accurate data collection is compromised for a short period of time – clear out just the inaccurate information and make decisions based purely on pristine data.

Automatic changeovers made even simpler.

One screen for tracking changeovers. Associate a specific changeover reason with each part, a target time, and how the changeover should end.

Use Your Own Part Barcodes

Scan existing actual product barcodes to start production

 

Automatic Conversion of Down Events

When XL detects a short down event immediately before a changeover it now runs a quick analysis based counts, cycles, and down reasons, and where appropriate converts the down event to be part of the changeover.

 

Save and Share Pages

Create, save, and share Dashboard, Advanced Analytics, All Production, and Historical All Production pages with all of their settings so you can instantly come back to your preferred views.

Automatically Detect Startup Rejects

XL automatically categorises rejects that occur during changeovers and initial production as startup rejects (as differentiated from production rejects). You can configure the amount of time that is considered “startup” to best match your manufacturing process.

Metric Alerts

XL now alerts you when key metrics are out of their desired range. You can configure over 20 metrics (e.g., OEE, Efficiency, Down Loss, Cycle Loss, and Quality Loss), each with four ranges: Normal, Caution, Warning, and Critical. Metrics automatically change colour on the scoreboard and web interface based on alert status, and alert notifications are additionally delivered through the web interface.

 

Reject Reasons

XL now provides comprehensive quality analytics, with a reject reason logged with every rejected part. Reject reasons can be logged through digital inputs or barcode scans. An unlimited number of reject reasons can be configured and the resulting data can be charted, trended, and more.

 

Run Screen Configuration

Now you can configure your own run screen – in just seconds. An instant preview shows you exactly what the run screen will look like, including easy-to-change text labels. Each metric can be displayed in real-time for the current shift, part run, or hour.

Hidden Factory Metric

XL now includes a Hidden Factory Time metric, which measures the gap between fully productive time and all time. This gap includes all losses (including capacity losses), and represents how much production time would be reclaimed if you were running around the clock, making only good parts, as fast as possible, with no down time.

 

Dashboards

Organise information in whatever way works best for you. Create an unlimited number of dashboards from Chart, Chronogram, KPI, KPI Group and Table widgets. Create local dashboards for personal use or share dashboards with your entire team.