As we work to identify OEE related issues, the identification of the six big losses helps categorize our data collection points.
- Losses impacting the availability factor are machine stops either planned or unplanned
- Losses impacting the quality factor are production rejects and start up rejects
- Losses impacting the performance factor are small stops and slow cycle
As data is collected either manually or automatically, it must be analyzed on a regular cadence and corrective action taken toward improvement.
Why should you care about OEE?
OEE breaks overall line performance down to measurable activities like unplanned stops and production rejects and then provides a formula to quantify these activities into a single metric which can be tracked over time. This metric, combined with timely preventative maintenance, can provide a strong and standardized improvement platform which can be communicated from line operators to upper management. For companies with inkjet, laser, DoD or label printing experience – achieving a high OEE% is often very difficult; for those without, it can seem unachievable. However, companies cannot ignore the immense importance of effective operations on the bottom or top time as well as reputation.
Why is OEE important to us?
It is important for any equipment or consumable provider with a place on your production line to realize that we are only one cog in the machine. It is our responsibility to provide you with the tools necessary to prevent our piece of the puzzle, no matter how small, from decreasing your OEE%. Your effectiveness is your reputation and in turn our reputation.
In summary, OEE is a metric that everyone in your organization should know and always be striving to improve. This should extend to suppliers and companies in contact with your facility. Performance metrics, including OEE, should be your language and your partners should be fluent.
Interested in discussing how to improve OEE starting with your coding and marking operations? Fill out the form below to speak with a Coding and Marking Specialist or call 936-856-6600 and press 3.