Toward a Video-for-Operations Ecosystem

Imagine an industrial facility with dozens of video cameras that continually record and store video of plant operations … for weeks, if not months. If the cameras are strategically placed, they will capture a visual record of nearly everything that happens in the facility. When an issue deserves study and analysis, you will already have…

Self-Writing (almost) Video SOPs

Over the years, we’ve asked people if they love writing standard operating procedures (SOPs). Their answer is almost always NO !!! SOPs (AKA work instructions or written procedures) are the lifeblood of standard work and continuous improvement. How can something that basic to operational excellence be so universally disliked? Is it because writing them is tedious…

Video For Operations – High Resolution

A Revolution in Camera Resolution Most of us have seen the footage from convenience store security cameras … usually in the context of a police report or plea for citizen help. The videos are grainy, have poor color, and often lack the detail necessary to see the suspect clearly, let alone identify them in court. However,…

Industry 4.0 MUST have video … for management

(Disclaimer: If you have already deployed a robust video surveillance system for your plant or warehouse operations and you are using it aggressively for process improvement … “never mind” … read this in case it contains some useful ideas, but it is not aimed at you). As previous posts have argued, I believe that manufacturing and…