Why NOW Is The Time For Automated OEE Systems.
The OEE concept is not new. Benefits are well documented. Well respected OEE literature cautions about becoming too focused on automated collection systems, recommending that manual OEE systems are often sufficient to realise the benefits of OEE.
Emerging technology, social trends and increasing competition are however all making the argument for automated OEE systems more and more compelling today.
It is all too easy to jump to the wrong conclusions in the absence of objective data.
While manual OEE Systems go a considerable way towards challenging conclusions, a level of subjectivity remains inherent in the manual process.
OEE data collected by a well designed automatic system is absolute in its objectivity. This eliminates time and effort wasted on pursuing ineffectual improvement strategies. (NO wild goose chase)
New Technology allows rapid deployment of automated OEE bringing with it significant cost benefits.
This new technology is more flexible allowing data from a variety of sources to be combined and analysed in real time to bring true insight.
The pace at which this technology has developed in recent years has enabled the realisation of the ultimate goal of OEE – something that was not necessarily possible with the technology of the recent past.
Ever increasing competition for cost advantage
OEE is part of the Lean toolkit and part of the solution for improving competitiveness.
Automated OEE not only enables real time access to OEE Data, it increases the accuracy, resolution and the speed in which the collected data is turned into meaningful, actionable information.
This both accelerates the improvement process and helps to maximise the benefits of OEE. e.g. improved scheduling, faster maintenance response, reliable downtime measurement and root cause analyses.
Delivering the right information to the right people across the organisation leads to better business decisions.
Workforce expectations and comfort with technology
With the widespread adoption of consumer technology products (eg smart phones) today’s workforce is increasingly technology savvy. The workforce are more accepting of an automated systems and arguably, less tolerant of the tedious manual data processing systems of yesterday.
And in Summary
While all the above makes a compelling case for automated OEE systems, the fundamentals of successful OEE realisation has not changed. These include:
- Understand all stakeholders needs.
- Know both the data required and the how to collect it.
- Keep the system real and close to operations. Use the technology tools to enhance the project outcomes however don’t let technology lure you away from the OEE system’s core purpose.
The benefits that automated OEE systems offer over manual systems are clear. The rapid changes in technology, social trends and global competition makes the case for automated OEE systems today, far stronger than what it was even as recently as 2 years ago.
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