Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

In OEE, you’ll have a visually designed optimisation tool that provides insight into the performance of your production (line). With the knowledge gained from OEE data, you will be able to implement specific process improvements, resulting in more up-time, fewer fluctuations, increased production, improved products and savings on maintenance and repair.

There is a lot of information to be found in factories, such as process statuses, product counters, malfunction frequency, etc. By collecting this information about one or more machines, control systems or production lines, you can translate insights into specific actions, transforming disruptions into opportunities for improvement in one fell swoop!

What is OEE?

Did you know that OEE was first developed by a supplier of Toyota in the 60s – 80s? Overall Equipment Effectiveness, or OEE, is a Performance Indicator to measure total production progress and quality. The tool provides insight into losses per machine or production line, but also identifies where and why these losses occurred.

OEE is the ratio between the number of good products delivered by the production process and the maximum achievable number of products. To calculate OEE, several factors are multiplied, including machine availability, machine performance and quality efficiency.

An OEE of 100% represents an optimal situation. With an OEE of 100%, machines would run smoothly at all times, changeover time would be zero and there would be no such thing as a faulty product. This, of course, is not realistic and a utopian situation: in practice, an OEE of anywhere between 80 and 85% is considered excellent.

OEE is one of the most practical tools for process improvement, making it an excellent first step for anyone looking to get started with process improvement. This method is easy to learn and will help generate awareness among your people about how they contribute to an efficient production process.

Advantages of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (oee)

  • Optimises machine performance;
  • Quickly maps anomalies and bottlenecks;
  • Thanks to its universal compatibility, OEE systems can be integrated into virtually all production environments;
  • Low investment costs that can quickly be recouped;
  • Quick visualisations of downtime and production data.
  • Historical and real-time insight per shift or product;
  • Various zoom levels, down to individual machines.