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Manufacturing Machinery and OEE

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a powerful metric for determining production performance.

During planned production time, an OEE score of 100% means that you manufactured only good parts, as fast as possible, with no downtime.

It identifies the percentage of manufacturing time that is truly productive.

Simply put, OEE is one of the best ways to keep your manufacturing processes on track.

As reported by Food Manufacturing, “It is expected that over 40% of all manufacturing tasks will be automated by 2022. With fewer humans on-site, plant controllers and operations managers will need to have automated OEE notifications.”

Not long ago, when essential, and very expensive machinery would break down on the plant floor, the steps to get it back up and running looked something like this:

  • Machine breaks down
  • Production comes to a halt
  • Shop Floor Operator must walk the (enormous) shop floor to find their Production Supervisor and the Maintenance Technician
  • Shop Floor Operator, Plant Supervisor, and Machine Maintenance Technician walk back to the broken-down machine
  • They must locate the problem, determine a solution, and remedy it as fast as possible
  • All the while, production remains at a standstill
  • Eventually, customers must be called and told that their order may not arrive on-time

Each of these manual, time-consuming, steps takes a huge toll on the OEE metric. Thanks to automation those days are behind us. With ShopVue’s OEE software:

  • The current state of each machine is always visible on dashboard displays across the factory floor and in production control offices.
  • Notifications of down or poorly performing machines and spikes in scrap are sent to supervisors and maintenance teams in real-time.
  • Continuous yield and scrap information is available throughout the shift and can be rectified proactively.

In today’s modern world, machines play a critical role in ensuring production activities are running as planned. In many places, machinery has fully replaced human labor, and there is a heightened dependence on technology.

Imagine having Machine OEE, Availability, Performance, and Quality metrics available at your fingertips. Improved OEE is just one reason ShopVue can help drive manufacturing excellence in your business. To learn more, ask the experts at ShopVue.