j5 Operator Rounds

Conduct Rounds and Collect Field Information with Mobile Devices

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 Operator Rounds. This j5 Mobility 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 Operator 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 Operator Rounds can be used to collect manual data that is Missing from DCS / SCADA / Data Historians like the OSIsoft PI System®. For example, j5 Mobility data can be written into the OSIsoft PI System, providing a clearer record of events happening across an industrial site.

The j5 Operator Rounds Application Is Used Across Industries


Food and Beverage Production



Pulp and Paper