Measuring overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) at Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation was a key initiative for CEO Jim Ilaria and CFO Erik Frederick. They knew that, to be competitive, Uno had to be a best-in-class food manufacturer. Worximity’s continuous improvement technology enabled management to capture reasons for machine downtime and efficiency losses and, in turn, identify the root cause issues impacting OEE. Within a few months, 95 percent of downtime causes were identified, which enabled management to systematically increase line throughput by 20 percent.
Eight months later, in front of an audience of 200 food and beverage executives, Jim Ilaria announced the impact of Uno’s OEE initiative: an eye-opening 5 percent increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA).