Honesty is always the best policy

During my time in Manufacturing, I have seen many different metrics used to drive improvements and in my opinion, OEE is one the best.

Yes it is ‘harsh’
Yes it takes many factors into consideration
And yes, it doesn’t work perfectly for every process but it can be adapted to.

What I love about Overall Equipment Effectiveness is it’s not only about ‘Equipment’.  It’s about the bottle necks of the process, it’s about the quality of product, it’s about maintenance of key machinery and it’s about the mind-set of the workforce.  It’s also a universally recognised metric and covers the 6 big losses.

Focus on the Improvement not the score

An accurate benchmark at the beginning of the improvement process is essential, albeit uncomfortable, to making REAL improvement gains.
Nearly everyone will find it uncomfortable being honest, especially if their initial OEE is say 40%.  But just look at that as your starting point, your zero point almost.  What you want to focus on is how much can it be improved and as you start to collect data, opportunities will present themselves even before you get to the analysis or actioning stage.

Keep it simple

Data is everywhere now and it is often a temptation to collect too much data.  It then becomes noise and people will soon switch off to what should be priority – the Value Adding process.
In an ideal scenario, which is something that we try to promote, is for people to own their own performance.  What I mean by this is, if THEY are inputting THEIR own data, and it is simple enough to do, they will focus on improving it.  After all, who turns up to work thinking, I’m going to perform worse today than I did yesterday’ as their mind-set?

OEE helps reward best practice

Another great point about OEE is if everyone follows what the data is telling them, they will achieve real improvements and this should be encouraged and rewarded, after all one person’s performance contributes to the overall objective.