|j5 2019 – Digitally Transform Your Industrial Procedures|
In 2019, is your organization still using paper, spreadsheet, word processor and other scattered data collection methods to record and manage crucial human operations management procedures like Shift Handovers?
It is now accepted that the use of these inadequate communication and data collection methods has contributed to the cause of many industrial disasters. The high risk of poor Shift Handover procedures has been highlighted on numerous CSB Investigation Reports over many years. In their June 2019 “Toxic Chemical Release at the DuPont La Porte Chemical Facility” Investigation Report the CSB also provided “Shift Communication Practices Guidance to Industry”. In May 2019, Peter Reynolds – an ARC Advisory Group Consultant – highlighted the positive “breakthrough” impact that the “Digital Transformation of Industrial Procedures” can provide to manufacturers:
“Digitally transformed industrial procedures could well be the next ‘killer app’ in a company’s smart manufacturing journey by supporting new levels of human performance through deeper integration of manual actions with automated control logic.”
With the historical devastation caused by poor Shift Handover procedures, the ongoing advice from industry and government agencies to improve human procedures at industrial sites, and advanced yet simple digital technology now accepted and prevalent in mainstream culture. In 2019, there really is little reason not to digitally transform crucial processes that affect human and environmental safety.