American Metal Processing is a 75-year-old company with a very mature process. With fewer than 20 people, AMP operates a manufacturing plant 24/7 that thermally heat treats steel parts, running customers’ items through a specific furnace at a specific recipe (time, temperature, gas composition, etc.) to achieve the desired hardness and/or other metallurgical properties. To correctly heat treat a given part, it is critical that all the variables that affect the process be tightly monitored and controlled. Industrial data-logging systems that were introduced 5, 10, or 20 years ago are outdated, poorly designed, and inefficient. We used these products for 10 years and never liked them. We looked for a new way of doing things in 2020 and found Grafana. We made the complete changeover to Grafana in Q1 of 2021 and have never looked back. Operators can now see Grafana dashboards throughout the plant or on their phones. Alarms are easy to understand and easy to implement. Even our customers admire the simplicity and elegance of Grafana. It makes a stodgy, 75-year-old business become new again and even a little exciting. In this session, we’ll show how Grafana helps tremendously with our product quality and equipment maintenance, and makes us a better business.
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