November 2005

Plant Management

Operator ownership: myth or achievable reality?

Use these guidelines to transfer plant responsibilities and improve facility performance

Smith, K., KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc.

In the past couple of years, the concepts associated with operational excellence and the production-centered organization philosophy have become driving forces in industry. Over this period, the concept of "operator ownership" and its value have become crystal clear. The value and necessity for driving operator ownership of both the process equipment as well as production itself are now well known and widely accepted. However, the method for actually achieving operator ownership in a process plant environment has not been well defined. To focus on this process, we must first define what is meant by operator ownership and identify key barriers to operator ownership. Then we can lay out

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