Voices from the Field: Data-Driven Decision Making and The Danger Of Not Knowing Your Data

By Justin Wolf, Senior Product Deployment Manager

As today’s world rapidly evolves, consumers and businesses depend more than ever on collecting, storing, and managing data. This presents the unique challenge of ensuring that correct and accurate data is being presented so the best decisions can be made. Imagine a brokerage firm not having the latest analytics on the stock market. Would you trust them to make decisions about your money?

Not having immediate access to information is difficult for most of us to imagine, never mind accept. Many businesses are now dependent on massive amounts of data that is generated and collected from multiple sources to provide business performance guidance, and to make timely, well-informed decisions. However, in several industries, this data revolution is still in its infancy.

Take, for example, bolted joint management in new construction and routine maintenance. Until recently, data was primarily collected through paper-based systems. Quality and process assurance required hundreds or even thousands of hours of work by craft workers and inspectors. Can you imagine the effort needed to provide accurate data analysis for decision making? Scrubbing a paper-based system for useful data could take weeks, which in turn could cause delays in making critical decisions at large industrial plants.

This is the reason the Cumulus Smart Torque System (STS) was created. By fully digitizing the end-to-end flange tightening process, STS allows sites to instantly view and analyze their maintenance progress down to each individual bolt.  This data is available in real-time and is presented in a format that allows for timely decisions that reduce cost, service time, and production downtime.

STS also assures facilities that procedures are being followed by presenting the completed work of each individual contractor and worker on site. This provides irrefutable data that the correct procedures were used on each joint and that the guidelines set forth by the site were followed.

Paper-based systems of workflow management leave much to be desired, and until now there was no practical way for sites to view information about their facility in real-time. Implementing a digital bolted management system creates multiple opportunities to help plants understand the minutia of each step in their maintenance process, while also harnessing the data to validate quality assurance.

With times changing and personnel and budgets reduced, can you afford not to collect your data digitally?

Want to learn more about the Smart Torque System? Download our datasheet here.