WHO are the main users and drivers of OEE?
The most common misconception about OEE is that many organisations think OEE is purely an Engineering tool and therefore only relevant to Engineering. Most failed OEE implementations are exactly because of this misinterpretation. It is because of that word “Equipment”. Data collected in this implementations tends to be very technical and of little value to everyone (including Engineering).
You should remember that OEE really stands for Overall Production Performance Effectiveness and as a result the main users and drivers of OEE extends beyond just Engineering.
Below are the teams we believe are critical to a successful deployment of OEE:
- Production (Operations) are actually the most important user of the system. This is because their understand the true root cause of why a line might be stopped (e.g. “No Materials available so cannot finish setup of next Batch”.
- Operational Excellence (Lean Management/Continuous Improvement) are also critical in terms of reviewing data over a prolonged period, observing trends and identifying / agreeing with other key players like Production and Engineering the right Projects to work on in order to drive OEE improvement towards the business goals and driving culture change.
- Engineering and Maintenance are key to ensure design and reliability of equipment is maintained to a high standard and be involved in very detailed root cause analysis (hard to diagnose) using tools such as Condition Based Monitoring and SPC.
- Automation to ensure the right alarms are reporting and sensors are sensing!
- Senior Production and Corporate Management to ensure all departments are pulling in the same direction to meet overall company goals.
- Quality Assurance to ensure that high standards are maintained during all these improvements.