DashHub - Overview




DashHub is where you can oversee multiple aspects of your process through tiles that provide windows into the events captured by both TrendHub and ContextHub. DashHub is the control center of your process, where you can keep a close eye on the behaviour of your assets that make up your processes in one location.


The dashboard is the core visual estate created in DashHub, it is your TrendMiner control centre for the assets and processes you manage. The board is where you create the visual overview of your processes and ultimately oversee and monitor the status of your assets as they play out their daily operations.  

As your multiple events are captured by TrendHub and ContextHub, they can be conveniently visualised in one location, your DashBoard. Instead of working through separate views of TrendHub and ContextHub, as you try to work out what is going on with your process, open DashHub so that you can see all your views and monitors in one location, giving you time to respond to issues efficiently and effectively.

The following image is an example of a dashboard that contains six tiles.


The dashboard is your control center, the tiles are your individual views into TrendHub and ContextHub and your created monitors and alert facility.

How to create a dashboard 

1. Click the Hub selector in the TrendMiner UI.

2. Select DashHub.


3. Click on the + icon to create a new Dashboard. 



The tiles provide the content of your dashboard and are visual micro-displays that can be created and fixed to your dashboard. They are the eyes of your dashboard that give you direct sight into the operation of your assets. 

There are three types of tiles:

  • ContextHub view count tile
  • TrendHub view tile
  • Monitor / Alert tile
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ContextHub view count tile

TrendHub view tile

Monitor / Alert tile

Each tile is linked to a view created in TrendHub and ContextHub or a TrendHub Monitor. The size and controllability of your tiles enables you to bring all your views and monitors of interest together at one location. You can add multiple tiles to a dashboard, as well as reshape, auto-refresh, click-through, share and export. The tiles also have a description option that provides context to your visual experience. 

For information on how to add tiles look to the dashboard tiles section below.  

Edit and view modes

Towards the top right corner of your dashboard is the option to set your board to view or edit mode. Click onto the edit/view mode button to choose between the two. The differences between the modes are the actions you can carry out. 


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Note: To edit your board you click on the edit button. When you wish to place your board back into view mode, click the view button.

In "Edit mode" the actions that can be carried out include adding a new tile, refreshing the board manually, save, and renaming of the board. You can also reshape and move your tiles.

In "View mode" the actions that can be carried out include the manual refreshment of the board, save and renaming of the board. You also have the click-through option on the tiles that enable you to go to the underlying views and monitors.

Reshaping and moving tiles

In "Edit mode" you can reshape and move your tiles. 

At the bottom right hand corner of your tile you can click and hold onto a small grey corner arrow to reshape your tile as you would like. To relocate your tile, click and hold the tile and move it to a location on the dashboard that suits you. 

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If in "View Mode" you see a tile with interesting information that deserves further investigation, you can use the tiles click-though option to go directly to the view or monitor of interest. Click the three vertical dots, and then just click through to the source. You can also click on the title of the tile to click through to the source.



What is the auto-refresh setting for dashboards?

In DashHub you can create a dashboard with tiles and enable a setting called “auto-refresh”. When turned on, the tiles on you dashboard will periodically refresh their content on a time interval of you choosing.

Why use auto-refresh for dashboards?

Dashboards have the auto-refresh option so that your TrendHub, ContextHub view tiles and monitor tiles are refreshed periodically. This will enable you to have the latest information concerning your processes. 

Important: The live modes of TrendHub are not linked to DashHub. Clicking on live mode in TrendHub has no effect in DashHub. 

How to create an auto-refresh dashboard 

1. Goto TrendHub and create a view with the "Relative time frame" option switched on. See here for more information on "Relative time frames". 

2. Goto ContextHub and create views ensuring that you select a period associated with the final hours of operation in ContextHub grid views and/or ContextHub Gantt views.


Note: The "Enable live mode" switch refers to live mode of the views in ContextHub, and bear no relation to any action in DashHub.

3. Goto DashHub and create tiles using your new TrendHub and ContextHub views and also any monitors you have set up in TrendHub. See below for further details on how to create tiles. 

4. Click on the automatic refresh mode button situated in the top right corner of your DashHub UI. When clicked, the button will turn, indicating that the mode is active.


5. Click the "Actions" button.

6. Click save.

Periodically your tiles will update with a new value dependent on the data in the other hubs.

Note: The default setting for periodic refresh is set to 5 minutes for tiles (adjustable to 1min if necessary). Alert tiles are the exception, with a 1 minute default setting. 

Sharing boards

Sharing your dashboard is carried out in the work organiser. For information on this read here.

Dashboard export

You can export the content contained on your dashboard in HTML format.

Once your dashboard has been built, you will be able to run it immediately. Over time you may want to report the details contained on and behind your dashboard. Using the dashboard export option you can create HTML reports of your process events very easily. This can be helpful when, for example, creating a shift handover report.

To export your dashboard in report form:

  1. In DashHub, select your dashboard of interest.
  2. Click on the "Actions" button.
  3. In the drop down menu, select "Export as HTML".

Items in the views that make up your dashboard are now exported in full on the HTML page in report format. When you examine the exported report you will see base information associated to each tile neatly listed. 

Descriptions of tiles

When in "View mode" you can view tile descriptions very quickly:

  1. Select a tile and click the three vertical dots at the top right hand corner of the tile.
  2. In the drop down menu select "View description".

A description of the tile is quickly presented within a popup. 

Descriptions presented are those descriptions written when creating the original items and views. 

Dashboard triggers

What are dashboard triggers?

A dashboard trigger automatically activates the export of a selected dashboard when a context-item changes state or a certain context type is added to the dashboard.

Why use the trigger?

Your dashboard, running as defined, will provide operators and or engineers all the information pertinent to the process of interest. For example, when an automatically created context item of type "shift" is created, an export of the board in the form of a process report can be set to automatically create and attach to the item, during a predetermined shift change. 

Anyone with access to the item will be able to download and read the latest process report, relinquishing the need to manually create the report. 

How to create a dashboard trigger

The dashboard trigger can be created in ContextHub. It requires a workflow to be setup so that you can create the "states" necessary to trigger the delivery of a dashboard report based on your tile status. These triggers fire automatically when your chosen state has been met. Your trigger requirement could be a shift change, the end of a process run, or a paused process. 

1. Create a context type as normal.

2. Identify the context item type in context item type grid, click the three dots at the far right of the row.

3. In the drop down, select "Edit dashboard triggers".

4. A panel will appear from the right, select a state on which the trigger should activate.


5. Click on "Select dashboard" and identify dashboard of interest.

6. Click on the + sign to add your new trigger to the overview list. This list provides an overview of your preset triggers. 


Your trigger is now set to create a report automatically, at your preselected time(s).

Dashboard Tiles 

Tiles are visual displays that can be set to your DashHub dashboard. There are four types of tiles; the ContextHub view count tile, the TrendHub View tile, the Monitor / Alert tile and the Current Value tile.

The tiles provide the content of your dashboard. Each tile is linked to a view created in TrendHub, ContextHub or a TrendHub Monitor, and enables you to bring all your views and monitors of interest together at one location. 

ContextHub view count tile

The ContextHub view count tile enables you to visualise the number of context items in a saved context view. After selecting this type of tile in the "Create new tile" side panel. 

The ContextHub view count tile is one that enables you to monitor, for example, the number of context item views created for a particular item type. Select a view during tile creation process and the number of items contained in that view is the number highlighted in your Context Item tile.

Having opened a new dashboard:

1. Click on the action tile towards the top right corner of the screen, to add a new tile.


A side panel appears from the right side of the screen.


2. Select tile type "ContextHub view count".

3. Add a title of your choice. By default it takes the name from the view.

4. Click the "Choose a view" button.

You are directed to the work organizer to choose a view.


5. Select the view of your choice. You are redirected back to the side panel

6. Click "Add new tile".

A tile is added to your dashboard as indicated by the green tick at the top middle of the screen.


The TrendHub view tile

TrendHub views provide the graphical presentation of your data and data analyses. Creating tiles from TrendHub views will enable you to scan a series of data sets in one take. As the tiles are directly linked to your views you can open the focus chart data with just a click of a button, if you feel your data needs further analysis.

Using the same route to create a ContextHub view count tile, create a TrendHub view tile and position the tile on your dashboard to suit your purpose. 

Having opened a new dashboard:

1. Click on the action tile close to the top right corner of the screen to add a new tile.


A side panel appears from the right side of the screen.


2. Select tile type "TrendHub view".

3. Add a title of your choice. By default it takes the name from the view.

4. Click the "Choose a view" button.

You are directed to the work organiser to choose a view.


5. Select the view of your choice. You are redirected back the side panel

6. Click "Add new tile".

A tile is added to your dashboard as indicated by the green tick at the top middle of the screen.


Note: Any changes made to the underlying TrendHub view are mirrored within the DashHub view tile by clicking the action button and selecting "Refresh".

Monitoring / Alert tiles

Alert tiles enable you to check visually the state of your TrendHub monitors based on the trigger criteria you set. When a monitor alert is triggered, the resumption of a "Normal status" will see the trigger reset.

You can create an alert tile in DashHub that provides a visual trigger when prescribed limits have been exceeded. For example, if a water tank level is low, you can create a tile that is connected to a monitor specifically set up to read water levels. When limits have been exceeded, the trigger is released and a visual alert is made.

Having opened a new dashboard:

1. Click on the action button on the top right of the screen to add a new tile.


A side panel appears from the right side of the screen.


2. Provide a tile name.

3. Select monitor that has been previously created and saved.

4. Provide definition to your two states.

5. Select colors of the icons for normal and abnormal states.


6. Click "Add new tile".

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When created the new tile is displayed on your dashboard, where it can be repositioned on the visual estate as preferred. 

Note: When you turn off the monitor in TrendHub, the associated DashHub tile will indicate the loss of connection. This in effect is an on / off switch.

Note: Your tile has a clickthrough to the monitor functionality, but only when the monitor is triggered. The clickthrough is to TrendHub at the time-frame where the monitor was triggered. 

Note: Only monitors based on a value based search and operating area search can be selected. Monitors based on fingerprints, similarity search and digital step search are not yet available.

Add current value tile

The "Current value" tile will give you the latest value of a current component. 

Having opened a new dashboard:

  1. Click on the action button towards the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Select "Add new tile".


A "A create new tile" side panel appears from the right side of the screen.


3. Select the "Current value" option.

4. Select one or more components by clicking on the "Add component" button. 

5. Add one or more conditions to each component.


Note: Any result that falls within the grey zone between conditions set, will be colored by the color of the first condition. So in the above example, if a result falls between 40 and 50 (Concentration component), ie 45, the display will be presented in red. Default color is blue. 

The options for normal tag conditions include:

  • Greater than
  • Great than or equal to
  • Less than
  • Less than or equal to
  • Equal to
  • Not equal to

The options for string tag conditions include:

  • Equal to
  • Not equal to
  • Contains 
  • Does not contain

Tile settings

1. Click the check boxes if you wish your current value tile to include a timestamp for values and a graph for progress visualisation.


You can also set the time span of interest (up to 8 hours) and the number of digits after the decimal point you wish to see displayed by your current value.

2. Click on the "Add new tile" button. The newly created current value tile will be displayed in the dashboard.

Note: Refresh settings are by default 1 minute, but this can be changed.

The following image displays current values for 3 components. In addition the latest time timestamps are displayed as are associated graphs (timespan 1hr). 


Creating a Notebook Tile 

DashHub allows any output of a Notebook Paragraph to be shown in a dashboard Notebook Tile.

  1. Goto DashHub and create a new dashboard or open a previously created dashboard.
  2. Click on the "Actions" button. A dropdown menu will appear.
  3. Click on "Add new tile". A side panel will appear from the right.
  4. Click on the "Notebook output" option.
  5. Provide a Title for the dashboard tile.
  6. Provide the Notebook paragraph URL (see next section).
  7. Adjust the refresh setting if necessary.
  8. Click "Add new tile".


Note: When sharing a DashHub tile, the underlying views need to be shared as well.

For more information on Notebook, please refer to the Notebook documentation here.

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