Business Process Improvement

OEE – a measure of plant efficiency – what is it?

You may have heard of the term OEE – Overall Equipment Effectiveness.

This is a great way to measure the true utilisation of your capital equipment; you may be shocked at how low your utilisation actually is….

As well as taking into account the lost time due to planned stops (maintenance, meal breaks, shift changes) and breakdowns it also measures:

  • Product changeovers
  • Ramp down time and ramp up time
  • Time lost due to slow running
  • Rejects during start-up
  • Rejects due to quality issues

Why do we want this measure? It is a great way to see where your major losses are occurring and where you should be focusing your improvement actions.