Quicker Queries and Self-Service Alerts
Under Bosch’s guidance, one customer — a manufacturing plant in Bamberg, Germany — consolidated 28 data sources into Splunk. Previously, one employee had to perform time-consuming searches in Microsoft Excel to find information on how factory equipment was performing. Now every employee can run those reports, and the queries are much quicker: Splunk reduced the average time from 15 minutes to as little as 20 seconds.
This quick data access allowed the team to identify the machines or workpiece carriers on the shop floor that are creating the highest percentage of faulty parts, and service them immediately. It also freed up the employee who used to spend all day running Excel macros to perform more complex data analysis and come up with suggestions for how to improve business processes. “The team appreciates the ‘user-friendliness’ of Splunk,” says Giehl. “They find it easy to set up their own Splunk reports and alerts, so they know when there are any issues with the machinery on the factory floor.”
“That manufacturing plant is using the Splunk platform every day now,” says Giehl. “It’s making the whole team more efficient.”