What is production data acquisition?

Production data acquisition, or PDA for short, refers to the systematic collection and processing of data for controlling and optimizing operational processes. For manufacturing companies, correct production data acquisition is often decisive for competitiveness, as it records important information for production processes, machine utilization, material consumption, working hours and other operational key figures. The important thing with PDA is that the data is entered in a form that allows further machine processing. This is where ERP software comes in and can plan, control, adjust and optimize many other areas in the operation based on the data/information provided. 

What types of operational data are there?

There are different types of operational data. Basically, a distinction is made between two types of ACTUAL data. The organizational and technical operational data. 

Organizational data: This includes on the one hand production data such as quantities, production times, order data ,such as order status, progress, scrap quantities and on the other hand personnel data, such as availability, wages/salaries and attendance. 

Technical operating data: This includes machine data, such as utilization, downtime and maintenance requirements, as well as tool data and material data.

Tasks of a PDA system

The tasks of a PDA system are manifold. First and foremost, it is used to collect, store and process operational data. The data is collected and processed automatically and in real time. The PDA system enables a fast and transparent evaluation of the data, whereby operational processes can be optimized. It can also serve as a basis for decisions at all levels of the company.

Advantages and importance of PDA

The collection of all data in a plant sometimes generates very large amounts of data. Digitization of operational data is therefore of elementary importance. The use of a PDA can help to improve production processes and reduce costs. By collecting and analyzing data, weak points in the processes can be identified and eliminated in a targeted manner. In addition, the targeted control and monitoring of machine and personnel utilization can prevent bottlenecks and increase the efficiency of production. Another advantage is the ability to document and trace production processes, which can be crucial in the event of quality problems or product recalls.


A plant data system helps to increase efficiency and productivity in companies, making them more competitive.

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