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Today’s manufacturers perform many different inspections — to ensure safety and security, improve quality and performance, increase equipment uptime and life, and more. Most use paper forms and checklists and manual processes, which can lead to errors, lost documents, inefficiencies, and other costly challenges.
Luckily, there are new digital tools available to help manufacturers be smarter when it comes to inspections. Microsoft Power Platform is one way to use citizen developers — not IT or consultants — to modernize previously manual inspections through automation and app building.
To make it even simpler and more cost effective to use Power Platform to modernize manufacturing inspections, Hitachi Solutions’ tech hub of Power Platform experts developed the Inspection Checklist Quickstart solution. It’s a customizable platform that allows those who need it to quickly and easily create an unlimited variety of forms and checklists using Power Platform.
With the solution, users can automate, access, perform, and manage all types of inspections — from GEMBA and plant walks to maintenance checklists — from a mobile device or PC. Top features include:
Frequently, when companies get started with the Power Platform, they create a separate app for every inspection. While better than paper, customers can end up with thousands of disconnected apps! This is called “app sprawl,” and it’s very difficult to scale and manage long term.
Our Inspection Checklist Quickstart solution was developed to restrain app sprawl. It allows you to add unlimited checklist and form types on a single platform, instead of having to publish a new app every time. This greatly reduces the number of apps to be managed.
The solution also unifies and standardizes inspection data. It is stored in the Dataverse and optimized for analytics and reportability with Microsoft Power BI and other tools — putting valuable insights at your fingertips.
Hitachi Solutions has combined our Power Platform expertise and dedicated UX design experience to create an easy, flexible, and cost-effective solution that everyone who needs to can learn and use to automate manual inspections. Benefits include: