5 Things You Need to Know About OEE Systems

OEE 5Here are 5 things you need to know about OEE systems; how they can help your business to cut costs and become more efficient. Controlling your costs has never been more relevant than it is today. With costs escalating daily, competition has never been tougher. But you can gain a valuable edge over your business rivals by using OEE to discover your hidden factory – realising the full potential of your existing plant.

The Accuracy of Automatic Data Capture
The first of the 5 things you need to know about OEE systems is that they’re far more accurate than any other method of capturing data. For years, companies have relied on spreadsheets. Whilst they are a useful tool, they require an awful lot of manual manipulation. Room for human error is expanded, and the need for regular data collection relies on people remembering, and indeed bothering, to set the process in action. OEE systems are fully automated. Nothing’s left to chance, and automatic measuring means nothing gets missed.

Clarity of Reporting
The second of the 5 things you need to know about OEE systems is just how good the reporting is:

•    It‘s clear and concise.
•    It’s easy to interpret and user friendly
•    It homes in on areas of concern
•    It allows you to drill down beyond surface data
•    It encourages and promotes corrective action.

The dashboard reporting screens give an immediately recognisable and understandable reflection of what is going on within the production process. The dashboards show what is actually happing against measured KPIs. On the factory floor itself, the use of Andon Boards can be incorporated, showing operatives any changes taking place within the production flow – all done in real time!

Built in Improvement Agendas
The third of the 5 things you need to know about OEE systems is their inbuilt capability for promoting improvement. For example, the top 5 loss areas are identified so that each can be allocated to a member of the CI team deemed best equipped to deal with it.

Facilitating the Quality Monitoring System
The fourth of the 5 things you need to know about OEE systems is that many quality monitoring systems have now tweaked their programs to run side by side with OEE software. This enables them to make best use of the rich data that OEE software gathers as part of its automatic routine.

Increasing the Efficient Use of Energy
The last of the 5 things you need to know about OEE systems is their ability to make more efficient use of energy. The Idhammar Energy Monitor delivers real-time visibility of production performance and energy consumption data, enabling clear monitoring and reporting of areas of energy loss. This is important for several reasons:

•    Reducing energy bills
•    Prolonging the working life of the machinery
•    Minimising the wastage of the Earth’s limited resources.

OEE systems help to eliminate rejects, which take as much energy to make as quality product.

To find out more about how OEE could help you become more lean, contact Idhammar Systems on 0117 920 9400, or drop in on the website.