08 Oct LFMS
Mobile smart phones and tables are revolutionary, allowing us to track people and machines as well, or better, than what we use today. Their mobility and accessibility can even replace the last data bottleneck in mines: paper and pen. With a case, they can be as robust as hardened computers a ten times their costs.
Supervisors, maintenance personnel, and machine operators report safety, production, status, and machine health issues through printed spreadsheet forms or custom-printed log books, or expensive fixed-custom in-cab computers. The paper bound data is then input by clerks, often only partially, into a database or spreadsheet. That paper form is later bagged or put into binders and stored so inspectors can investigate the forms in more detail, if needed. This presents many disadvantages, such as:
- Inability to track quality, consistency & timeliness of performance or data entry
- Paper piles up in front of clerk, often at month end
- Missing data within the form or production time-card
- Data re-entry often contains many errors
FARA is MISOM Technology’s data entry suite of semi-automated data collection applications and is focused on solving these problems through modern IT tools.