Get started with OEE: 5 strategic steps to consider

Get started with OEE: 5 strategic steps to consider

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a crucial method for measuring and boosting productivity in manufacturing. This article will show you how to get started with OEE in five strategic steps, helping manufacturers make the most of their operations and minimize downtime.


Step 1: Define OEE and its components

Before jumping to the implementation phase, it’s important to really understand OEE and what it means for you as a manufacturer.

OEE measures how well equipment works by looking at three main aspects: availability, performance and quality. Understanding these three components is the first step: they’ll help you identify areas for improvement and it will ultimately lead to better operations.

  • Availability: focuses on the time the equipment is operational.
  • Performance: measures the speed and efficiency of the equipment during production.
  • Quality: evaluates the number of defect-free units produced.


Step 2: Identify key metrics and data collection points

To effectively implement OEE, you need to identify key metrics and data points relevant to the manufacturing process, such as machine downtime, production speed and product quality. Investing in reliable data collection systems, like sensors and software, is crucial. The more precise your data collection, the more accurate your OEE calculations will be.


Step 3: Set initial OEE measurements

Before making improvements, first determine your current OEE metrics. This means collecting data for a certain time frame, figuring out your OEE, calculating OEE and understanding how efficient your operations are right now. This baseline will serve as a benchmark for comparing future improvements. Tracking this starting point is important to see how far you’ve come and the effect of any changes you make.


Step 4: Implement OEE improvement strategies

Now that you have a baseline, it’s time to identify and implement improvement strategies. This might include preventive maintenance, operator training or process optimization. Focus on areas that will make the biggest difference in availability, performance and quality – the three key parts of OEE. Keep an eye on how these efforts are affecting your OEE numbers and tweak whenever necessary.


Step 5: Continuous improvement

Reaching and maintaining high OEE requires continuous improvement. Encourage transparency and collaboration, and let your employees suggest ways to increase efficiency. Frequently check your OEE numbers and performance data to find more areas for improvement. With continuous improvement in mind, your company can adjust to new obstacles and remain competitive.



Take your OEE to the next level

From understanding the core components of OEE and identifying essential metrics to establishing baselines and implementing strategic improvements, we’re here to support you every step of the way.