Why OEE is the Key to the Continuous Improvement You Need  

Continuous improvement is one of those ideas that sounds great on paper, but that most manufacturing professionals also quickly find out is a lot easier said than done.

Sure, you’d love to create a situation where every day is a little bit more productive – and profitable – than the one that came before it. But how, exactly, are you supposed to do it?

Thankfully, the solution is simple – OEE, or overall equipment effectiveness. The OEE journey is an important one, but it’s also a lot more straightforward than you might think. You just need to keep a few key things in mind along the way.

The Power of OEE: Generating the Manufacturing Prowess You Need

OEE is important, in large part, because it’s a streamlined way to determine the precise efficiency of your plant operations. The only way you’re going to be able to guarantee that you’re operating at peak efficiency is if you understand what “peak efficiency” truly means in your situation. Therefore, OEE is a great way to not only measure your plant’s operational effectiveness, but to visualize it in a way that makes it easy for literally anyone to understand.

Once you understand the exact issues that are limiting your quality and production capabilities, that are costing you precious time, and that are creating more waste than you care to deal with, you can put actionable steps in place to improve these factors across the board. Sounds easy, right?

With the right solution, it absolutely is – and for most organizations, downtime tracking software marks the beginning of this journey into a larger world.

Thrive’s automated downtime tracking and analysis software is designed from the ground up not only with continuous improvement in mind, but also with ease-of-use being a top priority. You shouldn’t need to hire a team of developers or engineers to use the software, let alone to interpret the critical analytics that it’s feeding you on a daily basis. We’ve always said that if we need to train you to use our solution, we didn’t build it right – and we’re eager to prove to you just how true that really is.

Thrive is plug and play, meaning that it’s easy to install and you can access the intelligence it provides within seconds of activation. With a wide variety of different built-in reports – all of which are fully customizable – you can also dive deep into the metrics that matter most to you to get insight into YOUR operations, not someone else’s.

What you’re left with is more than just a way to finally understand what is causing downtime on your shop floor. You have the rock-solid foundation upon which all of your other OEE efforts will be built.

If you’d like to learn more about why OEE is the key to the continuous improvement your business needs to remain successful, or if you just have additional questions that you’d like to go over with someone in a bit more detail, please don’t delay – contact Thrive today.