Investing in an OEE tracking system is a great first step toward reducing machine downtime, saving money and, ultimately, increasing revenue. However, using production data correctly is not as simple as it may sound. Like most things, there is a learning curve for manufacturers that are new to this process.
As an Amper Customer Success Manager and Six Sigma Black Belt, I work with manufacturers on a daily basis. I see why efforts to track production data fail, and for this reason, I’ve outlined a few best practices on how to use your production data most effectively, while avoiding common industry pitfalls.
There are a number of reasons why manufacturers aren’t using production data the way they could be to improve operations.
Do any of these sound like your company?
These common pitfalls can prevent a machine monitoring solution like Amper from ever fully getting off the ground. The good news? All of these are fairly straightforward to fix!
First you need to identify the reason you may not be getting value from your data right now. Review the pitfalls above and ask yourself:
Once you’ve identified the reason(s) why you’re not getting much value from your data (collected either manually or digitally) you can take corrective action accordingly. I’ve outlined a few steps that usually help my customers get the most out of their data.
Once you have these things in place, getting results with Amper (or any OEE tracking system) is easy!
I want every customer to get the most out of Amper’s OEE tracking system. As a result, I strongly encourage them to:
In order to see the big picture, you need to track productivity completely across the factory floor. Cherry-picking certain machines or areas for improvement will just create new bottlenecks elsewhere.
I’ve seen my customers execute many approaches, but what I've learned is that in order to improve the entire factory throughput, you need to identify and continuously monitor all of your constraints.
There are 2 ways to improve your utilization:
Make sure to set up processes for both!
It’s helpful to set targets for yourself and team members, then develop review systems to track how you’re measuring up—along with your plans for making improvements.
**At Amper, we send our customers utilization reports on a shift-by-shift basis. This helps them incorporate data into their daily performance review walks. We see that doing this alone can increase utilization!
Once you’ve identified your most highly-constrained areas, start testing. Track and label your downtime, and question why your current state is where it is. (Train your operators to label the various types of downtime, so you can understand why it’s occurring.)
Use the data to set the direction of the team. Keep management involved in project selection.
Focus your efforts where they’re needed most. Lean on your Amper Customer Success Manager (like me!) to ensure you’re using the right Amper modules for the right reasons. Measure the areas where you’ve made improvements, and once you see productivity increasing, move on to your next area.
The Amper Success Team is committed to helping our customers get the most from their system by using production data—and everything related to it—as effectively as possible.
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