How a Connected Worker Platform Enhances One Point Lessons
Discover all you need to know about one point lessons (OPLs): short, visual documents that teach operators to perform a specific action.
One point lessons (OPLs)—sometimes called single point lessons—are visually rich and concisely written documents that teach operators how to perform a specific action. OPLs are quick to create and easy to consume, and are therefore a much-loved and often-used instruction format in factories.
In this blog, we’ll explore everything you need to know about one point lessons, starting with a detailed definition and ending with tips on how you can get the most out of OPLs by digitalizing them with a Connected Worker Platform.
Let’s dig in.
What are one point lessons (OPLs)?
One point lessons (OPLs) are short, visual instructions that guide frontline workers on how to perform a single, relatively small action or task.
OPLs are closely related to standard operating procedures (SOPs), but the two should not be confused.
Where SOPs can be long, text-heavy documents, one point lessons have the following characteristics:
Short: an OPL is usually only a single page and creating one should take one hour max.
Visual: OPLs contain lots of images (the rule is 90% images, 10% text)
Focused: OPLs are limited to a single action or task. It can therefore be a part of an SOP, clarifying one of its steps.
In short, an OPL should be simple, concise, and precise, so that operators can put its guidelines into practice effortlessly.
As OPLs deal with very specific actions, they should also be easy to find.
They should, for example, be hung near the areas they apply to or be categorized according to a machine’s error codes.
Looking for information on SOPs instead of OPLs? We’ve got you covered. Check out this blog for everything you need to know about SOPs!
Use cases for one point lessons
One point lessons can have several purposes and be used in any part of manufacturing, like continuous improvement, lean, and TPM (specifically autonomous maintenance).
Here are the main use cases for OPLs.
OPLs are used in troubleshooting to find the answer to defects, breakdowns, and other types of issues.
If a machine’s display, for example, alerts an operator that Error 202 has occurred, the operator can refer to OPL 202 to find information on how to fix the error.
In these types of situations, OPLs are ideal for finding and applying a quick fix to a problem.
One point lessons are a great way of instructing operators how to correctly perform quality procedures.
One of our customers, for example, uses a digital OPL with a short, 5-second video explaining how their operators should check if their product is packaged correctly.
Although they are very short and simple, these kinds of OPLs play a big part in ensuring top product quality.
OPLs about procedures are focused on giving operators the knowledge to perform shop floor procedures correctly.
There are one point lessons teaching operators how to drive a forklift, use a piece of equipment, perform a CIL activity, and so on.