Tutorial videos

The Blackbird tutorial series will help you learn how to use the Blackbird software.
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In this list, you will find tutorials by topic. On each topic, tutorial videos are grouped into two categories: All and Operator. Operators are normally the users without Administrator right on the Blackbird software.

Track live output flow
  • Track live output flow

Let’s track your production output flow in real time. Once you install a sensor, the sensor will automatically detect if your production line is running or not and visualize it on the Blackbird software.

  • All

This video shows how to monitor and analyze live production output.
This video shows how to use Trends page, including how to look at various KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) over times and how to analyze the data.
Analyze downtime
  • Analyze downtime

Downtime on your production line will be automatically detected by a sensor, but you may want to understand reasons for each downtime. Let’s start registering reasons for each stop and analyze your downtime.

  • All

  • Operator

This video shows how to register stop reason to each stop to analyze downtime. It also shows how to create a new stop cause, how to split a stop, etc.
This video shows how to create new stop categories and stop causes to start downtime analysis and OEE analysis.
This video shows how to use various display options on Analytics page, e.g. pareto chart by OEE type, scatter plot.
This video shows how to use various filtering options to analyze stop causes, e.g. by duration, by OEE type.
This video shows how to use Analytics and OEE.
Manage batches and track batch progress
  • Manage batches and track batch progress

If you run batches on your production line, you can use the Batch function on the Blackbird software. You can analyze each batch’s efficiency and track batch progress in real time.

  • All

  • Operator

This video shows how to manage products and packagings in order to create batches.
This video shows how to create a new batch. Batches function allows to analyze batch performance based on specifications, e.g. batch speed, batch size.
This video shows how to run batches on Batch page.
This video shows how to track a shift or a batch in real time. You can display the Blackbird batch dashboard or shift dashboard on a big flat screen and monitor real time progress. e.g., are we ahead or behind? When will the current batch be completed? What is target vs actual?
This video shows how to use Batch function to analyze each batch’s performance and efficiency.
Analyze OEE – Overall Equipment Efficiency
  • Analyze OEE – Overall Equipment Efficiency

OEE is a standard for measuring manufacturing productivity. On the Blackbird software, OEE is automatically calculated and visualized in real time. If you have multiple machines or sites, you can also analyze consolidated OEE.

  • All

This video shows what can be seen on the various visualizations on OEE page. e.g., OEE1,2,3, TCU and OEE waterfall chart.
This video shows how to see OEE of multiple lines. e.g., consolidated OEE across lines and across factories.
This video shows how to use Analytics and OEE.
Use Andon – Help alert from shopfloor to Support and Maintenance team
  • Use Andon – Help alert from shopfloor to Support and Maintenance team

Andon is a system which notifies Support team (e.g., Management, Maintenance team) of an issue or a problem in the shopfloor. Let’s start using Andon on the Blackbird software.

  • All

  • Operator

This video shows how to set up Workers on Andon dashboard.
This video shows how to set up Schedules on Andon dashboard.
Set up the basics on the Blackbird Software
  • Set up the basics on the Blackbird Software

Set the validated speed and expected speed of your line, activate automatic stop detection, etc.

  • All

This video shows how to set the validated speed and expected speed of your line, activate automatic stop detection, etc.
Use Administration page to manage sensors, users and lines
  • Use Administration page to manage sensors, users and lines

Issue a new user in your company, create a line with multiple sensors, understand the fine-grained access control on the Blackbird software.

  • All

Admin 1 – Manage Roles
Admin 2 – Manage Groups
Admin 3 – Manage Users
Watch more videos about smart data collection

Here you will find videos about sensors, how to configure sensors and capturing various signals.

Sensor setup and how to collect various signals
  • Sensor setup and how to collect various signals

Install, configure and setup sensors for correct data collection.  Explore the Blackbird capability of connecting various signals to the cloud software.

  • All

This video shows how to set up Timer, Off-Delay for Omron E3AS sensor.
This video shows how to connect PLC sensor cable. 
This video shows what kind of sensors Factbird connects to get the data. Proximity sensors, analog sensors, video cameras, PLC sensor cables etc.
Production up-time monitoring by using existing Andon lights and a light sensor