Gantt Visualization: Manage scheduling and performance

Sep 30, 2020 · 3 min read

Data Analytics and Dashboarding is all about context, and you already know that Business Intelligence tools provide powerful contextualization techniques in a user-friendly interface.
One context dimension is ubiquitous in all datasets : Time.
When designing Dashboards, Time is often overlooked as just a way to look at a timeseries, but there is a lot more to it.

Today we are going to explore how events are scheduled in time, thanks to the new Gantt widget.

Improving Performance by analyzing Machine States

There are many ways to explore the Performance of production lines, and with a good visualization design they should all lead to improvement.
You already know about aggregated Performance KPI’s that are classical for MES.
In this part, we are going to drill-down into the details of this data.

I have several production lines, and their status changes over time when events happen : they can be “Running”, “Paused”, or “Stopped”.
I have additional text information about the event, in this case the Team name. Yes, context !
My data come from Aveva MES, but you could also make queries to a string tag in Aveva Historian or other Historian and Scada System

In this chart, we can view the historical performance of my production lines over the time period.
This is a detailed view that lets us see that we have a phenomenon of micro-stops, which are harder to detect on an aggregated KPI.
Thanks to this new insight in my data, I will be able to start a new kind of investigation, identify the cause and improve the Performance.

Optimizing production scheduling

A more classical usage of the Gantt chart is scheduling.
I want to plan my production and maximize throughput.
Once again, data comes from Wonderware MES, but it could come from my ERP.

Displaying Products on the Gantt allows to see planned downtime.
It also allows to when a machine will need to stop producing product X, incur downtime by changing settings and tools, in order to now produce product Y.

As additional info, I may display the quantities produced for each event.

Of course, in order to be efficient, it has to be interactive and be able to be filtered.
For instance, I can select the Product Family in a multi-selection Combobox and the Gantt will display the schedule for these Products only.

Optimizing teams planning

Another variation on scheduling is displaying a production planning for teams.
I want to plan the work of teams and make sure they are busy and efficient.

And with the native Alpana app for InTouch OMI, I can just display this in my SCADA.


Gantt visualization is a great way of displaying data for many scenarios.
Its configurability allows to make attractive and meaningful visualizations for your industrial use cases.


Thoughts about Data visualisation, Graph databases, Dashboarding, Industrial automation