Introduced in the 1960s and 70s for the Japanese Automotive Industry, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a key metric used by many manufacturing industries today, to improve line and overall plant efficiency.
OEE calculations are based on three main criteria: performance, availability and quality. The results from OEE calculations determine how effectively production machinery and equipment is running. In an ideal world a machine would run 100% of the time producing 100% good quality products. However studies show that the average OEE rate in manufacturing plants is at best 60% and often much lower than people believe.
Industrial Technology Systems Ltd (ITS) offers a range of OEE systems, designed to automatically collect this real-time data for further analysis. Whilst an OEE system alone will not increase productivity, the accurate real-time equipment and plant metrics data collected and stored in the automated system, enables companies to make effective, quick decisions that improve overall efficiency and profitability.
With the old adage of you “can’t manage what you don’t measure”, in order to improve OEE, a range of data needs to be collected including equipment, machine, production efficiency, waste, downtime, operators, orders, shifts, events, products, causes, frequency and reasons.
By obtaining this data and analysing it, you can see how increased throughput and reduced waste can be achieved, allowing you to focus on the top downtime and non-producing events. Dealing with this “lost production” within existing equipment is much cheaper than investing in new equipment to increase productivity.
As an independent company, ITS offers a range of OEE solutions. The systems empower decision makers at all levels of the enterprise with real-time and accurate information to help them drive global operational efficiency and strengthen competitive market advantage. You can gain insight into your operations through real-time data aggregation and connectivity to multiple data sources, presented in an intuitive and intelligent manner. Intuitive dashboards can be developed by ITS’ team to include KPIs such as OEE, cycle time and throughput, and deliver manufacturing intelligence to the entire organisation.