What is OEE?

OEE stands for Overall Equipment Effectiveness.

Overall Equipment Effectiveness identifies the percentage of planned production time that a manufacturing plant is truly productive, based on availability, performance, and quality.

This makes OEE a useful way to measure and track the performance and efficiency of manufacturing equipment over time. It’s used as a core metric of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), which is a method of managing physical assets through maintenance and improvements.

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Simplify Performance

Your OEE score is a single figure that can be easily visualized and understood by everyone, from management to operators.

Monitor equipment

Regularly calculating OEE forces you to pay attention to asset utilization metrics, like performance, uptime, and yield

Justify expenses

Use historical data on machinery performance to justify CaPex and OpEx.

Understand profits

Identify hidden costs of machine inefficiencies and record losses from unplanned downtime and waste.

Improve morale

Show staff how their efforts are making an impact.

Encourage excellence

OEE can act as a baseline or benchmark to drive continual improvement.

Despite these benefits, OEE scores do have some limitations. The percentage score does not identify why your performance is trending up or down. In order for your team to take action, they’ll need a more precise breakdown of quality, performance, and availability so that they can dig further into the potential causes of any issues.


What OEE% should I aim for?

When setting benchmarks, it might help to know that in most industries:
OEE is considered world class
OEE is typical
OEE is low (but not uncommon for manufacturers that are new to tracking and improving performance)
Want to know how to reach 100% OEE? To get this score, your operation needs to:
Produce perfect products with no waste (100% Quality)
As fast as possible (100% Performance)
Without any downtime (100% Availability)
100% Overall Equipment Effectiveness may be an unrealistic goal, but with small tweaks here and there, you can continually improve your effectiveness and bring your operations as close to perfect as possible.

How do you improve OEE?

It all depends on what’s happening in your production line. But here are some strategies that may help to bring up your OEE score:
Use real-time data and alerts to identify problems sooner
Make performance data easily accessible to the whole team
Prioritize fixes or upgrades by impact on OEE
Repair or replace machinery that causes frequent stops or slow run times
Optimize changeover processes
Change packaging materials to reduce waste
Take a closer look at the data behind your OEE score to determine which strategies are best for your facility or production line.
OEE Software

Use OFS to automate OEE

Manually calculating OEE can be tedious, time-consuming, and risks human error. Fortunately, with a manufacturing performance software like OFS, you can easily keep track of production performance with automatic data collection, real-time monitoring, user-friendly dashboards, and custom alerts. Best of all, every detail behind your OEE score is easy to access, empowering your team to take faster action and make smarter decisions that improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness.
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We’ve seen results of improving OEE from under 50% to around 85% over a 4 month period. OFS helped bring to life where the key issues are on this line and we were able to focus and fix.

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