Plants typically have advanced Distributed Control Systems (DCS) installed and collect real-time and historical information using Data Historians. However, the human procedures related to these are often managed and recorded using inadequate tools. Poor operations management processes have caused catastrophic incidents, creating an important requirement for more efficient, consistent and detailed data across operations. A lack of information visibility also creates deficiencies in operational efficiency and productivity.
Humans see things that machines can’t; a Shift Excellence mindset that powerfully combines human procedures with real-time data on one operations management platform allows your personnel to become “human sensors”. By driving Shift Excellence, your human sensors are more alert to potential issues, are eager to suggest improvements and can have more confidence in their operations processes and overall safety.
Examples of Inadequate Data Collection Methods
Word Processor Documents
Inconsistent Verbal Communication
Problems Caused by Inadequate Data Collection Methods
Inconsistent Data Entry
Impact of Poor Operations Processes on Personnel
Lower Motivation and Wasted Time
Isn’t It Time to Enable the Human Sensor?
j5 Operations Management Solutions digitize paper forms, spreadsheets, word processor documents and scattered databases, enabling the human sensor. Human procedures can be digitally connected to information from Data Historians and the DCS. The powerful combination of real-time and historical process data alongside human operations insights within j5 Operations Management Solutions allows organizations to get a full picture of plant events.
j5 Operations Management Solutions Features
Enterprise Scalability and Visibility
Key human procedures information is shared to all of those who are responsible for the safe operation of hazardous areas, reducing paper, spreadsheets and word processor documents.
All the critical information from each human procedure is captured using j5 IndustraForm® Templates, which can be configured easily as the process changes.
Desktop and Mobile Compatibility
Operations personnel have a clear overview of what is happening and what could happen whether they are in the control room or out in the field.
Industrial Software Connectivity
Crucial human procedures data is recorded along with real-time information from Data Historians and the DCS.
All human procedures information is organized in a structured and easy-to-use format and can be searched and reported on quickly.
Follow-up human procedures are assigned to the next shift and incoming and outgoing personnel clearly understand the ongoing situation.
Impact of j5 Operations Management Solutions on Personnel
Consistent Data Entry
“The human sensor in hazardous area operations, who could conceivably detect perceived anomalies or problems in the maintenance, workflow, process or function of these operations, is relegated to recording observations with pencil and paper and then entering data manually into ERP systems hours or days later. Such lack of real-time communication and data management results in inefficiency, increased costs and elevated safety and asset risk, causing potential down-time and even loss of life in extreme cases.”
Thomas P. Ventulett
CEO, Aegex Technologies
Hazardex 2018 Conference, “4. Toward an IoT Platform for Hazardous Locations”
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