Automated data collection plays a big role in helping manufacturers maintain compliance with government regulations and new legislation. In many cases, organizations are asked to implement changes within a closed time frame if they wish to avoid paying fines and penalties for noncompliance.
With an automated data collection solution, manufacturers can better handle many of the most painstaking tasks, including performing internal audits quickly and accurately. With manual processes, manufacturers can waste significant amounts of time, cause delays in operations and risk punitive action if the information isn't correct.
North Dakota Proposes Stronger Regulations on Oil Drilling
One example of the need for better data management, especially in the field, is looking at the environmental impacts of industrial activities in the energy sector. Dave Glatt, head of the state's Department of Health's environmental health division, explained the oil and gas industry had full support for further exploration and drilling, but there needs to be more attention paid to the impact of these activities on the environment, Manufacturing.net wrote.
Glatt and others concerned about contamination indicated some of the industrial processes produce lasting effects on the agricultural sector by rendering some of the land unusable for farming or raising livestock. While corporate decision-makers often claim they're following the law of the land, Glatt said there's often a disconnect between the executives and employees in the field. When organizations fail to meet state and federal requirements, governing bodies will keep a close eye on repeat offenders, and potentially escalate punitive recourse.
A Demonstrated Need for More and Better Information
Manufacturers need to ensure personnel at all levels of an organization have clear insight into the data derived from on-the-ground procedures. The food manufacturing, packaging and distribution industries have already faced many of the challenges that likely will affect the energy sector. The FDA Bioterrorism Act has caused many organizations involved in the food supply chain to alter their processes to comply with the legislation.
The path many organizations have taken is integrating an automated data collection solution with their existing ERP software to track and collect a greater amount of information. As a result, food producers and distributors can trace their goods from the farms to consumers' forks. Using technologies like radio frequency identification tags and barcoding tools, various companies can ensure they meet traceability requirements.
Depending on the direction of the legislative process, energy industry organizations may require equal or greater levels of data collection and tracking. Automated data collection software can give these companies the tools they need to proactively address the increasing calls for regulation in the sector.