Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Tracking Just Got Easier!

OEE can provide valuable data for your manufacturing process. Creating processes to improve the inefficiencies determined by the OEE data can result in decreased costs through waste elimination and increased production, more efficient plant downtime, increased customer satisfaction through higher quality production, and increased equipment utilization.

Availability x Performance x Quality = OEE

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a key performance indicator used in the manufacturing industry to determine the efficiency of its plant operation. Most companies are not aware of the full operational capabilities of their manufacturing equipment. OEE allows you to measure and visualize your plant’s manufacturing effectiveness, and create actionable steps to improve quality and production, save time, and eliminate waste.



The Importance of Calculating OEE

In the manufacturing world, time truly equals money. OEE can be tracked and monitored to acquire important information on how to methodically improve your operational process. Knowing the exact metrics of your company’s machine downtime can help reduce future shutdowns, increase productivity, and increase the quality of the products produced. OEE can be used as a benchmark to compare the organization performance to industry standards, as well as create an analysis to measure results for multiple shifts working on the same item.

"A few months after installing the Thrive Downtime Tracking System we identified several key issues with our manufacturing line.  Once corrected, our efficiency sky rocketed from 39% to 75%."

Pat Kinnee, Splenda Continuous Improvement Engineer

Benefits of Thrive OEE Reporting


Thrive is plug and play. There’s no server or PLC required and no software to install.

For a low monthly cost, Thrive provides the real-time data you need to reduce equipment downtime.


Get real-time production monitoring from any device with an Internet connection through a secure, password-protected dashboard.



Within seconds of activation, you can access the dashboard on any device with an Internet connection.


Use Thrive’s built-in reports, export your data, or connect our API directly to your ERP.


Track your production line efficiency in real-time and read analysis trends according to shift, line or even SKU.

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How Does OEE Work?

One of the most important things to understand about machine OEE is that you're talking about so much more than just another metric. Even going beyond the obvious benefit of being able to prevent downtime before it happens, your OEE measurement can help clue you in on other potential sources of frustration, too. You're no longer simply reacting - you're proactively improving on a daily basis. If you're not hitting your quality metric, you don't just know that something is going on - you know why, and what actionable steps you can take to put a stop to it. Maybe it's a matter of operators that need more training, or machines that aren't performing the way they should be. Regardless, your OEE performance calculation is the key to finally unlocking that critical context you need to understand, measure and improve your operations across the board.

OEE Overall Factors to Be Aware Of

If you had to sum up all of the benefits of your OEE overall performance in just a single word, it would undoubtedly be "insight." Even going beyond the three main factors of availability, performance and quality, OEE production scores can tell you nearly everything you need to know to improve your operations. The more you understand about your planned production time, the more you understand about schedule losses. The more you learn about run time and net run time, the more you're aware of availability and performance losses, respectively. Fully productive time is the key to truly understanding things like quality loss and more - all of which are why OEE in manufacturing simply could not be more important.

Why OEE Efficiency Matters


We are really happy with it and love the planned downtime function. The planned downtime function immediately identified excessive breaks and created accountability for the line running. Management now has real-time data.

Keith Frazier, Maintenance Supervisor, Skyline Steel

We've been able to cut our overtime by 60% as we identified that our change overs were the main source of downtime. Using this data to determine and implement solutions we were able to move from 12 hours shifts to 8 hour shifts. It also helped us reduce our quality issues by identifying sources of inefficiency.

Mark Hennigan, Director of Operations, CHG

The real-time data in our break rooms and on our supervisor’s computers have created a real sense of urgency and ownership to improve our plant’s performance. You can’t argue with a 50 inch TV in the break room that updates every second.

Jerry McConnell, Lineage Logistics

Within 2 weeks their automated machines saw an increased efficiency by 20% by giving the operator real-time visibility, they took more ownership and responsibility for the machine’s output. As a result, it made the operator think twice about shutting down the line. ‘Can I correct this issue without shutting the machine down?

John Batten, President, NHI Pullies Inc

We were ready to pay $250,000 for a downtime system when by accident we stumbled across Thrive MES on the internet “Not only did it offer everything the more expensive system did but it is a fraction of the price. We were even able to customize to our facility far within our budget.” ”After 2 years I was still able to teach them a few big things about the software that they didn’t know about. A recent major success they had was they were able to reduce their downtime by 17 whole shifts per year by making a small tweak in a process. Instead of stopping a machine to make a fabric slice for 1 minute, they slowed the machine down to make the slice while the machine was moving. They also noticed how much downtime changeovers caused so their scheduled department reduced their changesovers from 6 to 1 per week.”

Steve Kaiser, Operations Manager, Sage Products

We've been using Thrive for about a year with impressive results. Changeovers that used to take 33 minutes now only take 23. With around two each day, that time really adds up. Before using the software, we were 20 minutes into our morning shift before lines started running, and we’ve cut it down to just 8 minutes. Overall efficiency has spiked from around 45% to an average of 60%. Seeing the data has really helped us create a culture of ownership and accountability. Everyone watches the measurements and does their best to make sure things are running efficiently, because they can see the impact. With the help of Thrive, we’ve had zero overtime during our busy season. That’s a company first! Now that we’re meeting production goals, we can be proactive and schedule time to take lines down for preventative maintenance.

Rollie Everson, Maintenance Supervisor, Amsoil

We're currently running 8% better than our budgeted throughput standards, so I consider it a win. Now we’re in a position where our other plants are interested in implementing the software.

Rollie Everson, Maintenance Supervisor, Amsoil

A few months after installing the Thrive Downtime Tracking System we identified several key issues with our manufacturing line. Once corrected, our efficiency sky rocketed from 39% to 75%.

Pat Kinnee, Splenda Continuous Improvement Engineer