Which CEO, Plant Manager, Maintenance Manager or SHEQ Manager was never confronted by the authorities asking for more certainty whether a legal inspection actually is performed?
Some industrial companies have already digitized their checklists, but still a lot of industrial companies are working with paper checklists. Both paper and digital checklists are used as proof of a completed legal inspection. But we sadly all know (and some maybe already experienced) the weak points of giving someone a stack of paper checklists (or a tablet) and asking him to perform a series of (legal) inspections1. These weak points are the reason authorities always keep asking the same question: “How confident are you when you receive the completed checklist the inspections actually are performed?”.
Well, one can be confident when visual inspections are being performed in the following way: an inspector starts his inspection route with the smart device and he only sees the safety instructions and the instructions to the location where he needs to perform an inspection. Only when he is right on the spot where the inspection needs to be performed the actual check(s) become available on the smart device. Only then he can complete the check. The registration of the time stamp, the location and the picture the smart device takes when he actually checks the inspection point gives us 100% proof that he actually performed the inspection.
There are additional advantages, especially for companies working with paper checklists for performance but using enterprise software for their data management. Replacing the paper checklists with an augmented reality application has the advantage that all data is digitized. This means that no one needs to retype the results of the inspection from the paper checklist in the enterprise software anymore. Many hours of retyping can be saved.
Also you can enjoy the advantages of standardization2. We all know standardization leads to an efficiency gain. When using an augmented reality application for your inspections everybody needs to walk the inspection route as preprogrammed in the software. This means you can determine upfront the most optimal route and everybody needs to follow the same route.
Not only legal inspections will benefit from an augmented reality application. Also other types of inspection can benefit from the efficiency gain and administrative time savings.
We can even point out that it’s an extra tool for supervising your contractors doing low-value inspections at your site. They arrive at the site in the morning, receive a stack of paper checklists, start performing the inspections and at the end of the day they deliver back the completed checklists. With the collected data you can analyze whether an inspection is actually performed, how many time they lost (or gained) and if they work as efficient as possible.
Probably there are a lot more advantages why augmented reality can help to perform visual inspections. So, please don’t hesitate to provide your feedback.