Generally speaking, OEE (or overall equipment effectiveness) is about measuring manufacturing productivity in a way that makes sense in the context of your unique business. There is no “one size fits all” way to run a factory floor. Only by understanding why you’re experiencing stop time, why you’re not hitting the quality markers you need, and why you’re not moving as quickly as you’d like will you be able to put actionable steps in place to improve things as much as possible.
OEE is an effective way to tackle all of these issues at the exact same time because if you understand your situation, you can measure it. If you can measure it, you can improve it. Thankfully, implementing OEE in your own workplace is fairly straightforward – you’ll just need to keep a few key best practices in mind.
Implementing OEE: An Overview
Overall, implementing OEE in your own business means having access to the tools necessary to generate the insight needed to understand and improve upon those factors outlined above.
But again – no two manufacturing businesses are created equally. For the best results, you need to settle on an approach that works for you and you alone.
This means defining what OEE means to you BEFORE your project begins. What, exactly, are you trying to accomplish? Which issues are you constantly dealing with that you’d like to get more insight on? What metrics matter most to you given your long-term goals as a company? The answers to these questions will absolutely fuel the majority of your decisions moving forward.
Then and only then, you can put into place the types of tools you need to capture the OEE data necessary for the goals you just set for yourself. For many organizations, downtime tracking solutions like Thrive’s will be a lynch pin to this process. It’s a viable way to get a better understanding of why you’re experiencing downtime, sure – but it’s also a core part of how you’ll calculate availability, performance and quality. Those three ideas are at the heart of OEE and you need to put a priority on them moving forward.
Once you have detailed data about downtime, you can dive deeper into why these issues are occurring. Suddenly, things that were once murky become clear and unambiguous in a way that allows you to finally act on this intelligence. You can then do the same analysis of quality and other factors, painting a clearer picture of exactly what you’re dealing with.
At that point, you won’t just know which aspects of your operations are working – more importantly, you’ll know which ones AREN’T. Given that superior level of insight, making improvements requires little more than implementing the right changes at exactly the right time.
Contact Thrive today to learn more about how to implement OEE in your workplace and discuss your specific needs with an expert who truly understands your business.