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Literally, improving the efficiency of a production operation means raising the levels of attainment in three discrete areas of production; in financial terms this will have a profound influence on your company’s profitability with an equally impressive return on investment. The three categories are listed below.
1. Performance (or rate of production, e.g. metres/hr, tonnes/hr, bottles/hour)
2. Availability (or machine up-time)
3. Quality (or the proportion of good products produced as a %age of the whole number produced)
Improvements are very often achieved without significant capital expenditure, this is the reason that ROI can be so profound.
The efficiency achievements can be considered on a machine-by-machine basis, by department, by site or as a business as a whole; however, all derivations will all be calculated from individual machine productivity data.
The three component parameters are used together to determine what is now regarded as the industry standard metric for indicating production efficiency, OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness). This metric is calculated by simply multiplying together the three individual %ages for the three component elements to obtain an overall performance figure.
This figure is a simple but very clear indication of just how a machine (or department or business) might be operating.
Although there are three important component measures, many companies will concentrate on any combination of these three parameters without associating them, it can be any number of the three, they are often worked on individually by discrete departments. Although OEE is a simple indicating metric the complexity, resource and effort required acquiring the necessary data often limits the extent to which companies can engage in the OEE measuring regime.
One thing on which all companies agree however is that improvement in productivity, be it one or all three of the component elements, delivers in a significant improvement in profitability.
AssetManager is a system that is designed to make the acquisition and analysis of production data simple, instantaneously available and at a very low cost. The system hardware connects directly to production machinery and presents operators with an intuitive interface with which they can easily enter pertinent production data. Automating this production data collection minimises the cost, maximises the efficiency of the collection and analysis process, and provides reliable intelligence to users wherever they are in the world with web access.
Data collection for production analysis is not a new phenomenon; companies have been arming machine operators with clipboards and pens for years. The collection of which has been expensive, tardy and with results that have been acknowledged as unreliable. AssetManager redefines the rules.
There are fixed monthly service fees charged on a per application basis. There are neither additional operating system upgrade fees nor are there any additional per user fees.
The AssetManager service has a defined tariff. Please refer to our published terms and conditions. We will be happy to supply a copy on request.
Broadly, the service costs include for the provision of the service according to the stated uptime of 99.4%, include all operating system upgrades (for standard applications), access to the web service by any number of registered people (with security credentials) and ongoing telephone support.
We quote a standard delivery period of 3 weeks. We can often improve this but will confirm at the time of placing an order.
Overall Equipment Effectiveness, or OEE, is an industry standard indicator, expressed as percentage, which describes the level of production efficiency being attained for any industrial manufacturing process.
An efficiency improvement drive would firstly measure (or benchmark) a process’ existing OEE level then by analysing, identify where inefficiencies exist. Measures to address the causes would be introduced (with either new working procedures, new equipment or a more targeted maintenance regime).
Once the improvement measures are installed, the resulting OEE level attained would be measured and analysed and any improvements identified as a means of determining the efficacy of said improvements.
The OEE of a production process is obtained by measuring the individual levels of attainment in three discrete areas of production, again expressed as a percentage of the theoretical maximum for each area, namely;
3. Quality (or the proportion of good products produced as a percentage of the whole number produced)
These individual measures can be considered either on a machine-by-machine basis, by department, by site or as a business as a whole. However, all derivations will stem from productivity data collected from individual machines.
The OEE metric is calculated by simply multiplying together the three individual percentages for the three component elements to obtain an overall performance figure.
The OEE figure is a simple but very clear indication of just how efficiently a machine (or department or business) might be operating.
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