A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words
A common cliché is that “a picture is worth 1000 words.” It’s true that pictures can say, quickly, what might take some time and precision to describe in text. Take this picture for example. An operator could try to describe this issue to the maintenance manager with words, but a picture provides a clearer understanding of what is happening and maybe even how it can be fixed promptly.
In many complex operations there’s a need to do inspections of facilities or industrial gear. This need is born from a need to truly observe the conditions, using ones senses of sight, sound, smell. Often field observations are reported either: verbally, with a paper report, or perhaps by completing a spreadsheet. Unfortunately, this can lead to a lack of detail that wastes time, money and can even lead to unnecessary safety risks.
Consider how much more effective this process can be by using today’s inexpensive and easily available mobile devices. With a mobile device, pictures and textual notes can be made very quickly to document field conditions.
One example of how to accomplish this is LogBook Evident, which is a mobile application that works seamlessly with LogBook – a cloud based software service that provides an easy way to keep operating records.
Less Guessing…Better Communication
Everyday, operations are experiencing the benefit of LogBook’s mobile data capture. From daily walkdowns to outside readings, the ability to capture images when observing abnormal events allows the team to more clearly communicate what is wrong and how to mediate the issues. “It has made our operation so much better” a plant manager in Texas stated. “We are able to see things more clearly than ever before. It has not only saved us time but also money in maintenance costs.”
LogBook helps to reduce the guessing and enhances the overall communication between outside operators and their other team members keeping everyone safer and the operations running smoother.
While mobile devices are easy to use, when adopting them for operating records, one needs to consider the security of the information being collected on those devices. A good solution will protect the information collected and ensure that it does not remain on the device any longer than necessary before being transmitted to a permanent repository and removed from the device.
Many oversight and governing organizations are increasing standards for operating practices and increasingly calling for the maintenance of better records. To find out more about how the LogBook family of products can improve your operation, visit us at trylogbook.com, or call us at 1-866-949-5330 today.