How well do you know your supply chain? A supply chain is only strong as its weakest link. When it comes to controlling your suppliers, the better you are at understanding the entire chain and identifying weak links, the better your company will be in the long run.
The recently released API Spec Q1 9th Edition – Addendum 2 focuses on supply chain controls, specifically relating to multi-tier suppliers. As you are aware, Q1 has always required us to manage our supply chain. However, the revised requirements expand the controls to include associated (tier 2 & 3 level) suppliers that are essential for product realization.
To that end, in today’s post we will focus on a couple of tips to improve the effectiveness of your supply chain controls.
An efficient supply chain control program enables your company to reduce costs, minimize risk and satisfy customer expectations. For more information on how Accupoint Software can help your organization to improve your supply chain control program, please contact us today.
The benefits of a corrective action program are immeasurable, and in the oil and gas industry, these programs are an integral part of any quality management system. An effective corrective action system works to identify the root cause of an issue, generates action plans to reduce or eliminate the chance of recurrence, and provides for evaluation of solution effectiveness.
That being said, some companies struggle with implementing an effective corrective action management program. Below are some of the key elements of a successful corrective action program.
1. Have the right people leading your corrective action program.
Put together a team to evaluate potential members for the program. Make sure that the people chosen understand the issue in question. Team members must have first-hand knowledge of the process being assessed.
2. Evaluation of Issue
The corrective action team should collect data on similar issues that have occurred in the past. Subsequently this information needs to be analyzed and evaluated to determine applicable root causes.
3. Develop Corrective Action Plan
The corrective action plan should identify the root cause of the issue, containment actions as well as specific action taken long term to reduce or eliminate the chance for a recurrence. Finally, ensure that the corrective and preventive action plan is properly communicated with applicable personnel within the organization.
4. Create Compliance
Once the corrective action has been implemented, utilize the evaluation results to drive your corrective action impact. The impact analysis will create benchmarks and pinpoint opportunities for process improvements.
Effectively managing your corrective action program is critical to your success. To find out how Accupoint can help improve the effectiveness of your corrective action program, please contact us today.
Regardless of the industry you work in, calibration is one of those things you simply cannot overlook. Inspection equipment needs to function reliably and accurately. Calibration ensures consistency and is a requirement of quality management standards across the globe. In this week’s blog will examine four key steps to ensure that your organization is ready for your next audit.
The Calibration process does not have to be time consuming. With the right systems in place, you will be prepared for any audit, as well as have the peace of mind that comes with protecting yourself from liability. For more information on how Accupoint Software can help simplify the calibration process, contact us today.
The Net Promoter Score (NPS) can be a great tool to improve the customer satisfaction of your business. It can also help to expand your customer base. NPS is a simple process, but the effects can have a significant impact on your business. Let's look at the advantages of NPS.
1. The NPS Process Is Customer Friendly
How likely is it you would recommend us to a friend or colleague? Determining the NPS requires only asking the single question above. When you ask it, the customer responds with a range from 0 (not at all) to 10 (extremely likely.) It requires minimal effort on their part. By asking only a single question, the customer is more likely to take the time to give an answer. The last thing you want to do is to burden your customers with an exhaustive survey. Since they are not, the customer will provide accurate information and still leave in a good mood.
2. NPS Provides a Target for Focusing Customer Relations Efforts
NPS gives a clear picture of how customers view your products and services. People tend to be conservative when it comes to making a recommendation. By asking this question, you can get a good measure of the customer's satisfaction. Once you have the measurement in place, it gives you a clear goal to focus on while you try to raise it. The goal should be to move all the detractors (those with a score of 0 to 6) to a passive level (7 or 8.) And you should, in turn, move all the passives you can to promoters (9 or 10.) Promoters can do incredible things for your business when it comes to getting the word out.
3. NPS Can Reduce the Cost of Customer Acquisition
The best way of increasing a customer base is by word of mouth. Since the NPS is a direct measure of how likely this is to happen, it gives you a very focused metric on which to improve. You will want to nurture low scoring customers. Doing this will increase the likelihood of future product and service recommendations. Taking care of low scoring customers will also help to keep them coming back for more business. Every saved customer relationship is one you don't have to pay to replace later. This can have a positive impact your bottom line. The NPS can be a simple yet powerful tool in customer relations for your business.
Contact us today for more information on how Accupoint Software can help streamline your customer bench-marking process.
During the stages of conception, designing, building, operating, and decommissioning in the petroleum industry, a quantitative risk analysis is a primary tool used to analyze the safety and risk management in an effort to control hazards and operate safely. The quantitative risk analysis can identify potential hazards, determine the likelihood of them occurring, and the consequences of the hazard should it arise.
Why Quantify Risk?
Your company needs to be reliable and safe in the competitive petroleum industry. The potential harm to employees, the environment, assets, reputation and the local community should be priority number one.
How Do You Quantify Risk?
In most scenarios, the use of a HAZID can be applied. A HAZID can help identify the potential risks during installation or operation of your company's work. Often, a hazard can become a series of hazards as they break down into a plethora of hazards, also known as an event tree. That is, when one operation breaks down, the HAZID can pinpoint the likelihood of the consequential events that may happen. Not only can the HAZID determine what might happen next, the HAZID can also quantify the probability of the events to follow.
Planning for the Future
With the risk analysis tools in place, your company can easily plan for the future by identifying your risks and quantifying the likelihood of their occurrence. With proper risk management, your company can avoid unnecessary costs, downtime, and injury to workers.
For more information on how Accupoint’s solutions can help you manage your risk assessment process, please contact us today.
Recording process information in oilfield operations can be extremely difficult. Furthermore, documenting everything on paper and storing it in files has become unworkable and unnecessary. While these tasks were traditionally done on paper, the scale and complexity of operations today make it almost impossible. Instead, firms are moving to automate process control documentation. This shift helps to reduces cost, increase efficiency, and improves organization and retrieval.
Documenting customer and regulatory mandated process information is one of the more tedious components of oilfield operations. Managers want to focus on increasing efficiency and productivity. They want to produce more volume for the same amount of labor and energy input. In contrast, process control documentation is mostly focused on recording past actions and complying with regulation. For that reason, automating the documentation process continues to grow in popularity.
A main benefit of an automated software system is the ability to record process information as it occurs. Software will allow users to record the inputs, the timing of each chemical additive, the drilling schedule, the pumping schedule, heating, cooling, water injection and many more processes.
Managers and compliance professionals can examine these results in the event of an incident or other non-conformity. Records and related information is saved in the cloud automatically, so there is no need to worry about papers or hardware being destroyed or misplaced. Instead, the data is safely stored in redundant server locations.
Accupoint Software is a leading provider of innovative compliance management systems for the petroleum industry. Our integrated platforms streamline business processes, improve efficiency and help navigate complex regulatory and customer requirements. For more information on our solution family, please contact us today.
As the oil and gas industry is in the midst of evaluating and improving business practices in order to competitively deliver products and services, the underlying drive is to find ways to improve processes and provide operational efficiency. Further, the pressure to deliver at an optimum level while maintaining cost effectiveness is greater than ever.
One of the growing trends for balancing reduced resources is the integration of technology, such as cloud computing, into operations. Simply put, a business subscribes to an application and accesses it over the internet. There are many advantages to using cloud-based technology especially when your talent pool has been downsized:
Due to changes in the industry and the demand to remain competitive in the global market, many businesses are adopting technology solutions to fill the void of talent and the mandate to do more with less. As a result, many businesses discover better business practices as they learn to operate according to a leaner, more efficient model.
For more information on how Accupoint’s solutions can help improve operational efficiency, contact us today.
Sound communications management must be a top priority for any company in the petroleum industry. Not only is performance impacted by communication, but in our industry the health and safety of employees is directly affected by a company's ability to communicate clearly. That is why it's so important to understand the best practices in communications management.
Your company must design and implement procedures to communicate internally and externally. It is important to make sure that documents, both internal and from stakeholders, be processed correctly. While input from all departments is necessary in determining effective distribution of information, for example using direct emails or physical message boards, communications management procedures and implementation should be handled by top management. This will help avoid doubt and confusion. There are several methods of communication that allow information to reach people effectively including:
These methods of communication will help you meet Health and Safety requirements. Proper communication also helps improve performance and decrease mistakes. Most importantly, it will help to ensure that employees are well-informed. In the petroleum industry there is a lot of important information, including legislative changes, internal processes, fire muster points, performance metrics and first aid kit locations, just to name a few. All of this information must be communicated clearly and quickly, and following these guidelines will help ensure effective communication for employees and stakeholders.
For more information on how Accupoint can help with communications management, compliance or business practices, contact us today.
You have probably heard the term The Great Crew Change. It has been floating around the last few years as companies begin to recognize the generational change in the workforce. While this is a challenge (and opportunity) that every industry will face very soon, it will have a particularly profound impact on Oil and Gas. According to estimates the average age of employees in the petroleum industry is 60. The nearly 50% of workers over 55 will be retiring in the next 5-7 years. This is going to leave a huge gap in the knowledge and experience base of companies. With recent and ongoing downsizing due to lower oil prices, and the impending effects of The Great Crew Change, companies have to consider what it means for them and how they will prepare for the changes.
Several key steps should be taken to set your company up for success.
While The Great Crew Change does mean new challenges, it also presents opportunity. Companies need to find a balance between experience and embracing the inevitable changes. Investments must be made in both employee retention, and utilizing new technology. Companies need to focus on efficiency, accuracy and spending in areas that may not have been the main focus 10 years ago. Those companies that are able to operate at optimal performance will be in the best position for success no matter which direction the market turns. For more information on how Accupoint can help you navigate The Great Crew Change and optimizing business practices, contact us today.
Companies handling potentially dangerous or sensitive materials, like chemical treatment plants and oil refinement corporations, put a premium on safety. Implementing safety protocols and verifying them during operations is essential. The following are a few safety management ideas and tools for cultivating a safety-oriented atmosphere.
1. Constant and Dedicated Safety Training
A workforce requires precipitous safety training reminders, no matter how much extensive training they have had in the past. This may seem like an obstacle to productivity; however, each worker having a comprehensive understanding of safety standards and protocols saves time and money in the long run. Conducting dedicated safety training courses helps employees realize their active roles in maintaining safe operational standards.
2. Use Safety Management Technology
Technology can play a vital role when it comes to increasing safety at places like oil processing plants where standards and process are strictly documented. Programs like the OpX Process Safety Management system helps by creating a safe working environment by operating intuitively to delegate critical tasks systematically to essential personnel. Any management software should easily scale, have a simplistic roll-out and implementation procedure and reduce the need for burdensome training. With this software, you can address and eliminate compliance gaps as they are discovered.
3. Develop an effective Safety Program
Every processing or refinement plant should have in place or be developing, a safety and health program with policies, a budget, and procedures tailored to their location. This shows an appreciation for the workforce and will help to ensure the security of your resources and their adherence to OSHA standards and guidelines, reinforcing your company’s bottom line. In fact, modeling your intra-company safety guidelines after strict governmental standards, while tailoring them to suit the dynamic of an oil processing firm better, will keep employees hard a work help to avoid daily hazards.
4. Be Active and Pro-active
Taking charge and actively applying safety protocols conveys the fact that you take safety management seriously. You should develop safety initiatives that require the participation of executives, you, and your bosses to take part. Part of implementing your safety program must include the cultivation of a culture focused on safety, which can only be accomplished with the involvement of leadership. Work closely with the team utilizing training sessions, applying technology and work site analyses whenever possible.
To find out more about how Accupoint Software can help you reach a new standard in production and safety, contact us today.