Comprehensive Operations Management Software

Examples of Inadequate Data Collection Methods


Poor operations management processes have caused catastrophic incidents, creating an important requirement for more efficient, consistent and detailed data across day-to-day operations.  Unfortunately, there are still inadequate time consuming data collection methods being used at many industrial sites, increasing organisational risk and inefficiencies, such as:


Word Processor Documents

Scattered Databases



Inconsistent Verbal Meetings

Phone Calls / Radio

Text / Instant Messages

Multiple MES Applications

Problems Caused by Inadequate Data Collection Methods


Often a combination of the above methods is used at one site or across many sites, adding confusion and black holes of data to the process.  The Swiss Cheese model of accident causation highlights that holes can easily appear in the defence layers between hazards and accidents.  Unfortunately, these information gaps – which for example can appear during a poor Shift Handover process – have resulted with disastrous consequences highlighted by these 10 Industrial Accidents Where Poor Shift Handover Was a Contributory Factor.  Significant problems are caused by inadequate data collection methods, such as:

The Impact Poor Operations Processes Has on Personnel


A work environment with poor operations processes along with messy data collection makes personnel feel uneasy and worried about their general safety.   This makes daily operations a difficult and frustrating task, with time consuming paper forms and scattered spreadsheets and databases.  The following day-to-day concerns are common at sites using the above poor data collection methods:

General Safety Concerns

Process Frustration


Wasted Time

Reduced Responsibility

Lower Motivation

Increased Exposure to Injury

Lack of Standard Operating Procedures

j5 Reveals "Why" Events Happen


On many industrial sites, a crucial piece of data collection is often missing:


Data Historians are excellent at collecting numeric real-time process data.  This data can be used to analyse trends and the general performance and up-time of machinery across the site.  However, the value added information – which comes from personnel – is often missing.  Therefore, the powerful combination of systems such as the OSIsoft® PI System® or Wonderware by Schneider Electric historians, which provide numerical process data, alongside the insights from operations personnel within the j5 Operations Management Software, allows organisations to fully understand why events have happened across their operations.


The Impact j5 Operations Management Software Has on Operations Personnel


j5 offers a full suite of operations management and process safety applications on a single platform.  The interface is simple, intuitive and browser-based, which makes operations personnel:

More Confident

Have Faith in Their Operations Processes

Feel Safer and More Alert to Problems

Value Responsibility

Motivated and Eager to Suggest Improvements

Focused on the Information Relevant to Them

Allocate More Time to Operate the Plant Effectively

Communicate Operations Information Efficiently Using a Single Platform

Follow and Understand Standard Operating Procedures

Feel Part of a Wider Responsible Team

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