Thrive Academy : OEE

Unlocking the Power of OEE 

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (or OEE for short) is more than just another performance metric. In a lot of ways, it’s the gold standard for measuring manufacturing productivity – and potential – across your entire production line. 

Regardless of the type of business you’re running, you obviously want to be manufacturing only the highest quality parts, as quickly as possible, with little-to-no stop time to speak of. By giving you the opportunity to better track Quality, Performance and Availability, your OEE score is your major indicator of your ability to do all of this and more on a daily basis. 

But even going beyond that, OEE is critical because it helps you evaluate those parts of your manufacturing process that may not be performing quite as well as you think they are. So from that perspective, it helps you see what is working and (more importantly) what isn’t – all so that you can have a complete picture to work from and make the most appropriate decisions possible, no matter what. 

The Advantages of Implementing OEE Across Your Organization 

All told, OEE can be a viable way to unlock a host of different benefits, including but not limited to ones like: 

  • Reducing downtime. This is a major pain point for many manufacturers, as these are instances where your machines aren’t working due to something that wasn’t planned. 
  • Change over reduction. By being able to plan ahead through a better understanding of your capabilities, you can reduce change over time through evaluating exactly what needs to be done to reduce idle time. 
  • Operator engagement. If you want to dramatically improve your work environments and processes, making sure that you’re taking whatever steps necessary to keep your workers engaged is exactly how you do it. 
  • Justify capital expenditures. OEE is an incredible opportunity to get the most out of your machines, your buildings and even your land by finally understanding how to use them as efficiently as possible. 
  • Find hidden capacity. OEE lets you see how small changes in the production process often lead to major (and unexpected) improvements in manufacturing output down the line, all without increasing costs along the way. 
  • Eliminating waste. Any opportunity you have to produce higher quality parts while also reducing downtime is one worth capitalizing on. OEE will show you how to do it through changes in work processes, including by implementing lean manufacturing. 

In the end, all of this is in service of the most important goal of all: increasing efficiency across the board. These are the types of benefits that aren’t just difficult to get to on your own without OEE… in many situations, they’re impossible.