Downtime Tracking: How to Reduce Performance Losses Across the Board  

Overall Equipment Effectiveness, also referred to as OEE for short, is more than just another best practice. Thanks to the fact that it gives you insight into the quality of the parts you’re manufacturing, the rate at which you’re manufacturing them, and the amount of stop time you’re dealing with, it’s literally the gold standing for measuring the productivity of your organization – and it’s one that you need to pay close attention to moving forward.

Quality, performance, availability – these are the three major sources of losses that you’re likely dealing with and understanding WHY those issues are happening is the key to learning WHAT you must do to correct them.

Which, of course, demands the question – if you’re dealing with significant performance losses that are harming your OEE score, how do you put a stop to them once and for all?

Thankfully, getting to this point isn’t necessarily as difficult as you might be fearing. It simply requires you to remember a few key tips and tricks along the way.

Your Guide to Reducing Performance Losses

One of the best ways to reduce your performance losses – and thus improve your OEE score – involves gaining a better understanding of where they’re actually coming from. More often than not, it’s less the product of any one major issue and is more about a series of smaller ones that add up to something far greater than you realize.

Case in point: idling and minor stops. At a glance, they’re seemingly insignificant events given the fact that they usually last just minutes. But when you consider the frequency at which they’re happening, they can add up to major lost time by the end of the day.

To help reduce these instances of idling and minor stops, you would want to use a solution like Thrive’s downtime tracking to prompt instant notification when they occur. Instead of waiting on an operator to notice a problem and then manually report it, at which point they then probably have to wait for authorization to fix it, a downtime tracking solution can immediately notify the right people – all so that they can immediately do something about it.

Not only does this go a long way towards reducing the time that idling and minor stops take as much as possible, it also frees up the time of operators so that they can focus on matters that actually need their attention.

Another great way to reduce performance losses is to track patterns of loss moving forward. This, too, is something that a solution like Thrive can help you with. If you know which types of issues are recurring, you know everything you need to get to the root cause – at which point you can eliminate them in the future.

To learn more about how to reduce the unique types of performance losses that you face in your industry, or to get more specific answers to any other questions you may have, please don’t delay – contact Thrive today.