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Randomized Selection Improves Accuracy
A batch processor is transitioning their recipe management. They are moving from paper "hard copy" to a standardized, automated system.
Standardization and efficiency improvements are a challenge. It is often necessary to make these changes incrementally. But there are ways of making these steps more accurate.
In the client's original system, the operator received a paper printout for each recipe.
This approach proved to be time consuming, tedious and often inaccurate.
In the first transitional step, the client changed their HMI to be search-able on the recipe code. After the operator entered the recipe code, the HMI would show the recipe description. The operators tended to click on the description which popped up without taking a good look. This led to acknowledging an incorrect recipe.
How was our client to ensure that the operator selected the correct recipe?
Matt Tevald, one of Primary System's Senior Systems Engineers, suggested that a recipe code could generate 6 recipes:
The description pop ups are randomly selected by the HMI programming. This forces the operator to read through 6 recipes to locate the correct one.
Voila! PSI's input helped to improve accuracy in recipe selection.
The results are impressive:
Creeping incrementalism can create unintended consequences.
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