New software to prevent operators deviating from a prescribed set of tasks could help reduce human error and improve safety in industrial sites.
The Activity Management System, developed by Smith Flow Control, is PC-based. The software is designed to support one or more portable reader/display units. It is pre-programmed for all work activities for the particular industry covered.
Specific tasks can be selected and downloaded to a hand-held unit issued to an operator.
When a task, displayed on an LCD, has been carried out, a reader on the tip of the unit can be swiped across the bar code on the piece of machinery to register the completed work. Instructions for the next task then appear.
When all the tasks have been completed, a record of the work can be uploaded to a central PC.
By recording every task, the system ensures that all activities can be traced which is useful when auditing or providing proof of compliance.
The system can also be used as a training tool.