Control room “operation center” supervisors, managers, and directors are always looking for different ways to run their operation centers at its fullest potential. The top 3 target improvements generally tend to be cost reduction, increase in quality, and time reduction to meet goals. Leadership teams consistently have these objectives top of mind when running their day-to-day operations and when designing or retrofitting their control rooms with new consoles and equipment.
What are the Top 3 Areas Leadership can Take to Meet Operational Potential?
Process Standardization in your Operations CenterCreating a standard process for all applications leads to better systematic flow. Each control center has its own requirements for technical equipment, and each situation may make this difficult to achieve. However, if the equipment is kept the same throughout the operations center, this makes it easier to train new hires which in turn creates standardization.
Digitization for your Control CenterConverting information to a digital format allows for easier access to information. This also allows information to flow through different channels, such as people or machines. With a forward-looking approach, manual information recording will become non-existent as digitization is the way of the future. In many scenarios, digitization also helps eliminate some human-errors, creating a more accurate work output with fewer problems in the future.
Simplification of your Control Room DataThis is the hardest principle of the three to achieve, but is the most effective in actively changing the process and overall technology of the operations center. Sometimes unnecessary parts or hardware are purchased or kept when they should be eliminated. Identifying where to simplify hardware and processes helps save time and costs. As technology gets better, fewer CPUs are needed and instead they are replaced with more powerful systems. More advance control room technology can process more tasks and do it faster. With larger screens making their way into the control room, the simplification of data display is also happening. This equates to fewer monitors needed, creating more space for what is most important in your own operations center.
In many ways, all three of these principles go hand in hand. Following one can lead you to improvements in another area as they are all related. Implementing one can drastically change an operation center efficiency. Each principle can help control rooms operate at their fullest potential. Carrying-out these three points will help leadership teams in any control room significantly improve their operation center output.
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