What is the Operator Rounds process?
Maintenance, Safety, and Quality technicians regularly conduct operator rounds to identify potential maintenance interventions and to identify potential safety and compliance issues.
These rounds are often implemented through paper checklists or notes, so workers that execute the round can write anything they notice out of the ordinary.
How is Operator Rounds implemented?
Technicians follow a predefined route on a regular basis and inspect the previously selected points of interest. Managers keep track of progress and change routes and points of interest as required.
Paper-based operator rounds are executed through 4 main steps:
- A checklist/form is created by the managers or supervisors
- The operator executes the round and writes the observations on the paper sheet that was previously printed
- In case something is not understood, the worker must stop the journey to ask for guidance
- The worker delivers the checklist to its manager that will submit on an ERP system or other management tool
How Industry 4.0 can influence the process?
Identify safety issues
Digital operators rounds, enabled by the Industry 4.0 are a new reality. Processes are easily configurated in a digital platform, and, all operators have access in real-time to it. Operator rounds are essential to increase the safety of the installations and to identify any issues before they can cause a problem.