With market demands more pressing than ever, the “throughput struggle” is real. To increase productivity and strive for 100% effectiveness, many manufacturers are placing greater focus on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) to measure the efficiency of individual machines, automated workcells, production lines, and even entire factories.
A dimensionless parameter, OEE is the product of three factors: availability, performance and quality. Not only do the metrics provided from calculating these factors serve as an excellent gauge for measuring current equipment effectiveness, but also, they serve as a good motivator for robot implementation.
The use of more affordable, robust and easy-to-use robots that are easily integrated into existing operations, can help manufacturers tackle tough dilemmas for a wide range of tasks including assembly, inspection, machine tending, packaging, palletizing and more! By robotically automating one or more elements on the factory floor, manufacturers can increase productivity and OEE, lowering operational costs for a better return on investment (ROI).
Other peripheral tools, like machine monitoring platforms, can also help manage production environments, leading to even greater benefits. Real-time data collection and visualization capabilities allow manufacturers to synchronize all factory equipment and monitor system performance. This enables the implementation of data-driven optimized planning for preventative and predictive maintenance.
How Close Is Your Process to Perfection?
Take a deep dive into Overall Equipment Effectiveness and learn how to catapult your operations by listening to our OEE webinar
with our Yaskawa expert, Steve Rueckhaus. Gain greater insight on:
- Calculating Overall Equipment Effectiveness
- Applying the metrics gained
- Identifying gaps and pain points
- Prioritizing fixes and optimizations
- Implementing robots for “quick wins” and greater productivity
- Measuring improvements over time
Sarah Mellish is a Marketing Content Specialist