Inspection Rounds are a vital day-to-day human process, scheduled across the different areas of an industrial site. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) categorize the different routine Inspection Rounds as:
As a result, Inspection Rounds are an important part of health and safety culture and many plant operators still rely on paper checklists and clipboards for Inspection Rounds and field data collection. Using this method, after an Inspection Round is complete, the results are usually manually entered in a spreadsheet, database or disconnected application, wasting valuable time and creating unnecessary problems such as:
- Missing data and unaccounted operations and safety issues
- Data duplication and unnecessary repetition of Inspection Rounds
- Difficult to find or illegible information
- Delays in follow-up actions to solve operations and safety issues
- Lack of Inspection Rounds control and task guidance for personnel
- Disconnected cameras, required for photographic evidence of problems
Also, despite the push towards automation, a significant amount of process data is not collected and recorded automatically. Making manual Inspection Rounds an essential data collection process that must be conducted efficiently and ideally linked to real-time systems such as Data Historians.
To remedy these pains, companies across the world utilize j5 Inspection Rounds. This j5 Mobile application is used on industry standard devices based on popular operating systems. Allowing personnel to collect a sequence of measurements or observations according to a predefined plan. Typically, by following a route around a site, recording readings and answering questions about the status of equipment and processes, whilst optionally attaching photos, videos and notes to provide additional information.
The j5 Inspection Rounds Desktop Configuration and Management application allows Inspection Rounds to be created according to a recurring schedule – for example daily or monthly rounds – or as a once-off round. Personnel can also easily view past, current and future Inspection Rounds.
j5 Inspection Rounds can be used to collect manual data that is Missing from DCS / SCADA / Data Historians like the OSIsoft PI System®. For example, j5 Mobile data can be written into the OSIsoft PI System, providing a clearer record of events happening across an industrial site.