Exploding OEE Myths – Part 4

Like any type of successful management methodology, rumours and myths abound regarding certain aspects of how OEE software works. Often these myths are pure fabrications, but if left unchallenged, they become generally accepted. In Part 4 of the series Top OEE Myths we take a further look into some of the more popular misconceptions.

Myth 12 – We do our Production Analysis on Excel Spreadsheets – It’s Easier to Work With Than OEE

Familiarity Breeds Contempt

Whilst it’s true that Excel is an excellent spreadsheet writing program, it’s actually not as easy to use as OEE. The myth that Excel is easier was started up by people who are familiar with Excel and its workings, but who have little or no idea of how OEE reporting works. We all tend to feel more comfortable with things that we are familiar with, but sometimes you’ve simply got to experience things outside the box.

Excel Demands More Manual Input

Excel is designed primarily as a single user system, but not only that. As more detail is accumulated, it becomes much more difficult to manipulate. What then happens is that by adding additional data onto the spreadsheet, users are forced to spend more and more of their time putting the data into presentable format. They waste time on:

  • Creating formulae
  • Modifying formulae as data is added
  • Formatting and reformatting
  • Checking and debugging spreadsheets.

Myth 13 – OEE Software Data Gathering and Reporting is pre-programmed

Because all of the programming and formatting is already implicit within the OEE software, there is no manual input needed, other than setting the program up to run. The set-up is very simple, too, thanks to the user friendly control panel interface. So instead of wasting time on creating, modifying and debugging spreadsheets, 100% of management’s time can be spent on what they should be doing – analysing the reports, and proposing and implementing corrective measures.

Myth 14 – Productivity is More Meaningful than an OEE Score

Productivity is a useful measurement. All companies want to be more productive.

Productivity is an end result

The problem with focusing specifically on productivity is that it is not in itself an analytical tool. It is the end result and not a means to an end. When productivity is low, the knee-jerk reaction is often to throw more labour into the mix, or spend more money on plant and equipment. Either way, costs are increased, and although there may be some slight increase in productivity, it is achieved in a less efficient manner.

Myth 15 – OEE Focuses on Improved Productivity through Improved Efficiency  

The whole point of implementing an OEE system is to improve the efficiency of the production cycle using existing resources. It’s actually implicit in its name – OVERALL EQUIPMENT EFFECTIVENESS. By gathering data on all of the inefficiencies in any production cycle, OEE enables an increase in productivity through the corrective measures that management put into place to iron out the faults and shortcomings that the OEE data gathering and reporting process has highlighted.

We hope our Exploding OEE Myths series has put your mind at ease and given you a true insight into the countless benefits of OEE software. Contact us today to arrange a free demonstration of our software, and see, first-hand, what our systems can do for your business.