Author: Paul Henriques in: Operations
You have likely heard the old saying “What is not measured cannot be improved”. You likely know this for a fact, which is why you want and have software that helps you track your manufactory’s Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs, and metrics.
When it comes to an MES + ERP system (or what we like to call an MERP), one of the most important metrics in your Operations is how productive your tools and machines are. And in this subset of productivity metrics, one of the most important in OEE, or Overall Equipment Effectiveness.
OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is a key metric for manufacturing productivity. It is used to identify the percentage of time where a work center is productive. For example, an OEE score of 100% means you are creating 100% usable product, as quickly as possible, with no Stop Time. Or, translated into metrics:
By measuring the OEE at a work center and analyzing the reasons for a less than perfect score, you will know what you need to improve in your manufacturing processes.
Traditionally, OEE would be measured by manually reviewing a work centers’ daily or weekly reports and looking at: Availability, Performance, and Quality.
From here, you could determine times or production runs where the center was below a given benchmark, then continue by interviewing the operators and floor supervisors as to what happened that caused a drop in the desired effectiveness.
However, in this age of Industry 4.0, you no longer have to rely on memories of previous days to find out how well your work centers are performing.
With OnRamp Shop Monitors installed at your work centers, you can now get instant information on how well they are performing. By installing a shop monitor, your work center data is immediately fed to the central database where the data is displayed live to those that need it, when they need it.
This means that your OEE information will be more correct and current, allowing you to engage with Operations sooner to find out how the effectiveness and productivity of a center can be improved.
OnRamp Shop Monitors allow you to:
After installing the shop monitor at the work center and setting it up in OnRamp ERP, you will have to add the OEE monitoring parameters.
To do this, you must specify the shifts that need to be monitored:
You have added the shifts to the work center for monitoring.
Use the Work Center OEE screen to view the information for work centers. Here, you have the OEE metrics for the work center:
OnRamp ERP has the tools you need to help you improve your work center monitoring and, as such, your efficiency and productivity. By adding OnRamp ERP and OnRamp Shop Monitors you will get a live view of your work centers that will help you find your inefficiencies that will allow you to work to improving them.
For more information on how OnRamp ERP can help you, contact us today.