If you had to make a list of all the things you need to worry about as an official in the food and beverage industry, public health and safety would undoubtedly be right at the top.
In another industry if you have a quality control issues on your hands, probably the biggest thing you need to worry about is damaging a relationship with a client. In the food and beverage industry, you have not only that, but the fact that you could easily make people sick.
That’s one of the major reasons why OEE or “overall equipment effectiveness” is something you should absolutely be tracking on an ongoing basis. Not only will it help avoid the types of quality issues that could easily lead to a recall, but it can also help optimize your organization so that it’s performing at peak efficiency across the board.
Why OEE Matters in the Food and Beverage Industry
At its core, overall equipment effectiveness is the nexus where quality, performance and availability meet – meaning that the closer you can get your score to 100%, the closer you are to manufacturing A) only the highest quality items, at B) the best possible quality, and C) as quickly as you can.
Why is this important in the food and beverage industry? Because if you run into an issue in any one of these three core areas, your productivity will grind to a stop in more ways than one. Obviously, you can’t let poor quality items go out the door – just like you can’t afford to deal with unexpected bouts of downtime or production schedules that are taking far longer than they should.
By measuring OEE, what you’re really doing is identifying your losses, benchmarking your progress and doing so in a way that unlocks more valuable analytical information than ever before. At that point, you can understand WHY certain issues related to quality and other areas are occurring so that you can not only address them now, but so that you can also stop them from happening again in the future.
At Thrive, we find that roughly 20% of the downtime-related issues that most food and beverage businesses experience directly contribute to about 80% of the problems that they face on a daily basis. Wouldn’t you value the opportunity to make a single move that suddenly solves 80% of your issues, all so that you can get back to focusing on the most important matters that actually require your attention? Of course you would – and that’s exactly the type of impact that OEE can have on the food and beverage industry, and it’s why you need to be paying far more attention to it moving forward.
If you’d like to get answers to any other specific questions that you may have, or if you’re just interested in continuing this discussion about the impact that OEE can have on the food and beverage industry in a little more detail, please don’t delay – contact Thrive today.