Manufacturers work hard to ensure products are created and sent on time without raising costs or having delays. Unfortunately, with machine downtime, this isn’t always possible. Without knowing your factory’s machine potential, it’s difficult to identify, monitor, and reduce the amount of loss your organization experiences, directly impacting your bottom line.Luckily, staying on top of preventive maintenance is a simple way to monitor assets and ensure machines are working as they should, helping to improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). Learn 10 strategies your organization can try to help improve OEE, including utilizing CMMS software.
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Understanding and Defining OEE
OEE, or Overall Equipment Effectiveness, is a “best practices” metric that measures productivity in three main parts:
This measurement of productivity identifies the percentage of planned productive time that is truly productive. OEE is useful as both a benchmark and a baseline for productivity. As a benchmark, OEE can be used to compare the performance of production assets to industry standards, similar in-house assets, or results for different people/shifts working on the same asset. As a baseline, OEE can be used to track the overall progress of eliminating anything that does not add value to an asset.
Measuring OEE is important for manufacturers to help them understand the percentage of operating time that is produced vs. wasted. They can use this data to identify, monitor, and reduce production losses. Nappman, an innovative CMMS software, utilizes a preventive maintenance tool that helps today’s maintenance professionals prevent asset breakdowns before they happen. Request a demo today.
What Are the Components of an OEE Score?
Availability – Takes into account all events that stopped production (typically for several minutes). Ideally, manufacturers will suffer no stop time to get 100% availability.
Performance – Takes into account anything that causes the manufacturing process to run at less than the maximum possible speed.
Quality – Takes into account manufactured parts that do not meet quality standards.
How To Improve OEE: 10 Strategies To Increase Productivity
Until recently, manufacturers used pen and paper to collect and maintain data. Unfortunately, collecting and maintaining data by hand is a pain and not only time-consuming and tedious but often causes insufficient data collection, creating a barrier to achieving higher levels of productivity and improved OEE. By automating the collection and reporting of production data using software, manufacturers can manage all assets from a mobile device, keeping reports readily available to access and implement changes if necessary. With easy-to-use CMMS software available, efforts to improve OEE can be at the fingertips of manufacturers.
How Does Real-Time Data Translate to OEE Improvement?
Real-time data — processing data as it’s collected — helps improve OEE because it offers immediate insight into productivity. LNS Research conducted a 2012 quality management survey that included nearly 400 responses from manufacturing and industrial executives to a question regarding the real-time visibility of quality metrics in manufacturing. The responses indicated that those with real-time visibility outperformed those who did not utilize a real-time data capability by 6%. With smart technology, manufacturers have immediate and hands-on control of information for their organization, using it to drive decisions much quicker than before. Not only is the data quickly in your hands, but it’s less likely to have errors than manually collected data, ensuring the manufacturing process continues in a timely fashion.