Overhaul OEE


Why is OEE so abused in many of our operations where, despite expensive software ‘solutions’, we can find lots of data but very little useful information? Why do so many managers ask for the ‘overall OEE’ for their whole operation – is that even a real question? In view of the above questions, I think that it’s about time OEE is itself overhauled, not least to reset expectations for what is an extremely powerful improvement tool if correctly applied. OEE is akin to a surgeon’s scalpel in that it is best used very precisely, with great care, in the right place. It is not a blunderbuss to be applied everywhere at the same time in order to collect huge amounts of useless data that will be wastefully analysed by a well-meaning ‘yellow-belt’, in the pursuit of some apparently important ‘Overall – Overall Equipment Effectiveness’ metric for the whole operation! So, you may ask, ‘how do we determine precisely the right place to apply OEE’? That’s very easy, just follow one of the 5 guiding principles of lean – Go Look See! On any number of your visits to the production line, take note of the operation that generally has the most stock in front of it – this will be the actual (maybe not theoretical) constraint or bottleneck. This is the process on which to focus your initial  OEE investigation – even if it’s a purely manual operation, the tool still works. The investigation continues until it is noted that the stock in front of the operation has disappeared – then, Go Look See where it has moved to and start again, repeating the process continuously! This focused approach ensures that specific and relevant data is collected which can then be used to determine information about the target process that will greatly improve the chances of actual improvement to the point where the target is no longer the constraint.

Reduce maintenance turnaround time by 50%!
  • TEMPO is a system that has been developed to radically reduce the time taken to perform complex maintenance activities on fixed assets or fleet. It is a simple yet intelligent way of organizing your maintenance activities to complete the maintenance turnaround in half the time.
  • By organizing work sequences for trades/technicians and building critical paths and dependencies, TEMPO quickly highlights lost time opportunities in the overall planned turnaround.
  • Applying standard work instructions with step-by-step guides for process confirmation, TEMPO visualizes real-time progress for short interval control, providing instant decision making to maintain compliance to plan.
  • By using TEMPO to plan and execute complex maintenance turnarounds our clients have achieved 50%+ reduction in downtime, giving a 10%+ improvement in fleet availability.
Reduce maintenance backlog by 60%!
  • Unlock valuable maintenance time and use it to reduce chronic backlogs or stubborn deferred defects.
  • Give technicians more time for proactive interventions.
Improve asset reliability by 18%!
  • Enjoy the knock-on benefit of backlog clearance and proactive activities, improving the reliability of your assets.
Increase continuous improvement engagement by 180%!
  • TEMPO’s easy-to-use Concerns and Ideas capture feature engages technicians in driving improvements that help improve turnarounds, reliability, and availability
  • Identify the classic wastes (transport, inventory, motion, waiting, over processing, over production, defect) in relation to your maintenance activities.
  • Expose supply chain, kitting, resourcing, workplace organization, sequencing, tooling, and planning opportunities for review through TEMPO’s powerful reporting feature.
  • Analyze the hour-by-hour compliance to plan with the associated losses incurred throughout the turnaround event.
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