Properly maintained and optimized machines and equipment are vital for lean manufacturing. Lean depends on zero to minimal defects, speed losses, accidents, and unplanned downtime. Likewise, reliable, consistent, and variation-free throughput helps with overall supply chain uncertainty and variability.
To improve equipment availability, performance, and quality; Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) must be measured, monitored and improved. Depending on an organization’s maturity level, there are one to three steps to achieve this. First, data acquisition from machines and equipment can be implemented to measure OEE. Second, OEE can be more accurately measured for truer reflection of current conditions. Finally, recommendations can be determined to improve OEE.