Grafana is a very powerful and very flexible visualization tool, but it seems to be something that we in the industry forget. It is true that it is a solution more used in fields such as IT and IoT (Internet of Things), but we want to help you get the greatest potential out of it for the Industry.
Today we bring you a list of the plugins and panels that we consider the most useful for an industrial dashboard. In this case, we are going to focus on the new version of Grafana 10, which we have just added to our demo
This block includes a set of basic Grafana plugins, that are very interesting to use in the industry, and if we want to highlight one: “Discrete” and its replacement “State timeline”
In addition, the Stat plugin allows us to add a small graph next to the data (sparkline) to see the trend
The FlowCharting plugin and its replacement Canvas are probably the best type of plugin to be able to display diagrams, drawings, etc. and have the data wherever you want. Basically it allows us to use a drawing tool such as draw.io, which can also be configured to display dynamic data. This will allow us to make almost everything, from “scada” type drawings to floor layouts, elevations, diagrams and anything we can think of. They are very powerful plugins for our industrial Grafana.
So, for example, for the layout of the image, it is enough to configure the plugin and indicate a mapping of the variables that you want to be displayed.
And if we want to go one step further in terms of customization and adaptation (something that is sometimes necessary in the Industry), we show you these 2 plugins that, although they are complex, will allow us to do practically what we want.
Just as we have recommended several of the plugins that we see as most interesting to use in Grafana for the industry, we also have to point out those that we believe are not very useful. Mainly, these plugins usually take up a lot of space to show little information and are not usually very representative.
These plugins are other options that in a specific scenario can be very useful: maps, cells. In our case we have used them for machinery manufacturers, where there are multiple locations and multiple machines that we want to add.
And if you want to try these plugins and others, don’t forget to visit our demo: