What to think about before choosing an OEE software
Sometimes as a manufacturer it can be hard to know which software will make the biggest impact and help the production the most in the right direction. A good place to start is by measuring the performance of the manufacturing process; everything from the equipment to the final product. An efficient method to keep a close eye on all processes on your plant is by implementing an Overall Equipment Effectiveness software (OEE).
Why invest in an OEE software
Before investing an OEE software, it is always a good idea to identify what the objective for recording the production data is. Different industries generally have different components that needs to be tracked regarding availability, quality and speed rate. Therefore, across different industries and applications, there are a variety of how tracking and measurements are conducted. However, in the end all OEE solutions have the same goals which are to monitor and optimize the production. This enables managers and those in charge of analyzing the OEE data to locate failures in the manufacturing process, check asset availability and establish OEE value per machine, part or order. It also helps them locate common causes of down-time through integrating real-time production information into your present and future digital manufacturing environment.
Understanding the OEE measure
OEE identifies the percentage of manufacturing time that is truly productive and will indicate the efficiency of the production. But when looking through the OEE data, it is important to understand what these numbers and statistics mean and indicate about the manufacturing process. The OEE is not an efficient tool until you start understanding the data and are able to categorize for instance loss. Nevertheless, once you start to be more familiar with the tool, it will be possible to point out where the specific loss is happening and thereby act upon it by applying the right tools to fix a potential problem. By measuring the quality (the good parts that are manufactured), performance (time that is spent on each part) and availability (the ‘no stop time’ on the machines), you will be able to check and analyze the OEE on a daily basis.
Some of the different aspects to think about before choosing an OEE solution:
- What is the reason for capturing data of your production?
- What are your expectations from the OEE system?
- How much are you willing to spend on an OEE software?
- Are you willing to make changes in the production process if they make sense?
- Who will be in charge of analyzing the data?
Remember that any software is only a good investment if it is used. Your level of payback will be directly related to how your organization use the system to capture and analyze data as well as on how well the information is used in the daily improvement work. The implementation of the system including setup of relevant stop types and securing high data quality are critical parameters for the success. To select a system supplier with extensive experience in implementation and support of OEE software is as important as selecting a qualified OEE system.
How to get started with the AXXOS OEE from OPTIWARE?
Our goal is to help our customers to always have well-maintained and effective equipment in their production. With OPTIWARE’s AXXOS OEE solution you will be assured a reliable and high-quality software system. By optimizing OEE, you can increase capacity, reduce costs, improve quality and increase efficiencies in your production lines. Book a web demo and get in touch with one of our solution specialists to learn more about our OEE solution and how this improvement focused solution fits your specific needs.
What you get with AXXOS OEE
Increase and guarantee the production yield
Quick return on investment
Minimize efforts to follow up production performance
Get the facts
Increase and secure output
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