In this age of information and globalised economics, it is crucial for any manufacturing or packaging business to be as efficient as possible. The fact is that even a single second of underproduction can lead to a great deal of wasted time and money over the course of a year. When such companies depend heavily upon automated processes, it is vital that these production lines are optimised and working effectively.
When the Lines Are Inefficient
Just imagine the situation of a food packaging factory, for example. It is an industry that is heavily reliant on automated processes, but this also makes it incredibly vulnerable to equipment breakdowns and mechanical inefficiencies. This can lead to the following problems:
- Loss of staff morale
- Loss of productivity
- Loss of profits
- Damage to the business brand and a tarnished public perception
Clearly, these kinds of issues can literally bring a business to its knees and cause a lot of damage. In this context, the real challenge is to ensure that automated and software driven systems are as effective and as efficient as possible in order to squeeze out every last drop of productivity. This is where OEE systems can help.
Capture, Analysis, and Reporting
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is the gold standard when it comes to data capture, analysis, monitoring, and final reporting of automated and electronic industrial systems. The software is specifically designed to monitor and capture time and movement in real time, and then analyse it for the purposes of reporting. It is a total system that offers the following benefits:
- Data capacity: By capturing data in real time, the software can provide insights into even the smallest inefficiencies within a mechanical production line system. In many ways, it is the modern equivalent to traditional time and movement studies, but many times more powerful and capable of handling large amounts of data streams simultaneously.
- Causes: By crunching all of this data and providing accurate reporting tools, an OEE system can provide deep insights into where mechanical and automated systems are failing. This root and cause analysis is crucial to business owners if they want to make their production lines as efficient as possible.
- Intuitive: All of the captured data is compressed into easy-to-read and understand graphic form. This makes it intuitive for any administrator, analyst, or business owner to parse and understand.
The fact is that business in the 21st century is tough so far. Globalisation and national economic turmoil means that many traditional industries face the prospect of job losses or worse. An OEE system is a critical step on the way to making mechanical systems more efficient, thereby enhancing productivity and profits.