Toward a Video-for-Operations Ecosystem (Updated 6/22/17)

(Note: I published this long post and Microsoft released Office 365 Stream the next day. I felt compelled to include it in an update at the end).  I describe a vision of integrated video handling in industrial operations. My goal is to identify and interconnect many independent technology building blocks into one coherent “system” … […]

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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 […]

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Skills for Video in Operations

Security video systems are promising tools to investigate value-added business processes and operations. The technology is mature and the potential benefits are manifest. However, it requires a new skills ecosystem that most organizations currently don’t have. This article lists six key areas of needed expertise.

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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, […]

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Video for Operations – The Cost Lines are Crossing!

In previous blog articles, I advocated using video monitoring technology in standard production operations. In writing these notes, I often wondered why this hasn’t happened already? The opportunity and benefits seem so obvious, and the costs seem so reasonable. I never found a definitive answer, but I suspect that it may be tied to decision-makers’ […]

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Manufacturing needs a Time Machine – Seriously!

Factories need time machines! It would be really cool if a quality manager could go back in time and watch how (ultimately) defective units were made … their actual journey through production. It might help the maintenance engineer to watch a (later broken) machine as it started to give signals in the minutes and hours before it […]

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