7 Steps to Determine the Best OEE Measuring System for Your Company

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By Emilie A Lachance - June 29, 2020

To do things right, you have to select the right tools for the job at hand. This is doubly important when choosing the tools you use for managing your production operations. Worximity Technologies provides performance monitoring systems designed to give managers the right tools and information at the right time. Worximity’s intuitive and easy-to-use data dashboard (TileBoard) presents operating data in real time and in a form that helps managers maintain control of complex processes. Our Smart Factory analytics system delivers the absolute best in OEE measuring capabilities.

For companies looking to step up their game, Industry 4.0 techniques and systems can be the right tools at the right time. Better and faster production line data is the recipe for meeting customer demands for lower prices and faster delivery as well as managing the current challenges of the COVID-19 virus.   

To evaluate whether or not Industry 4.0 is right for you and your company and to identify the best OEE measuring systems, follow the seven-step analysis and decision-making process below. These steps provide a useful guide for selecting the best OEE measuring system for your factory.

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1. Define the Requirements

Document the problems you are trying to solve. Define your project's goals and objectives, types of data needed, frequency, and coverage within the plant. Outline the system specifications envisioned and define the reporting requirements.

2. Gather Important Information and System Capabilities

Gather information about alternatives and capabilities. Consider both internal and external sources of information as well as industry recommendations and experience.

Worximity Technology’s staff of highly trained customer success advisors are available to provide guidance and data regarding developing OEE measuring systems tailored to your requirements.

3. Identify All Applicable Alternatives

List the possible alternatives. These could be anything from simple methods such as paper-based production line data collection to highly sophisticated and proven systems such as Worximity’s Smart Factory analytics.

4. Evaluate the Data—Use a Decision Tree to Help

Data analysis can be done in-house or with the help of technical experts such as Worximity's customer success advisor team. Evaluate the benefits and costs of each alternative, including return on investment. Worximity's ROI calculator can help provide important investment pay-back information.

Include important system selection questions and criteria:  

  • Does the system allow goal-setting?
  • Can targets be set?
  • Does the system issue out-of-spec alerts and signals?
  • Does the system provide real-time data feedback?
  • Are performance data and results available to employees throughout the factory floor?
  • Is the system configurable? Can the system results display on tablets, phones, and laptops?
  • Is the system user-friendly?
  • Does the system supplier provide technical and system support?
  • Does the system integrate well within the company?
  • Is initial and ongoing training provided?
  • Can the system help identify training needs?

Depending on your company’s specifics, you may add your own questions and criteria to the list above. Include in the analysis any plans for future growth, introduction of new products, changes in processing line configurations, or other long-term modifications that might influence system decision. 

5. Choose the Best Alternative

Now that the essential information is collected and the alternatives are clearly outlined, select the best OEE measurement solution for your organization. Countless companies trust Worximity to deliver superior OEE measuring systems for process line management. Our OEE monitoring tool, along with configurable dashboard data displays (TileBoards), makes Worximity the leader in performance management. 

6. Take Action

Once a decision has been made, a project work plan can be developed and a project team selected to guide system implementation. Worximity’s technical consultants are skilled and available to help with each step of the implementation, and our Smart Factory analytics software is easy to install, sometimes in as little as a few days.

7. Review the Decision and Evaluate Performance

Monitor the performance of the system over time and make adjustments as needed. Using Smart Factory analytics data, begin a program of continuous improvement. 

Worximity Technology is a leading supplier of state-of-the-art OEE measuring systems, including system design, implementation, and follow-up training and support. Smart Factory analytics combines the best in technological features and real-time data management. Once data is collected, OEE performance, as well as other important KPIs, are calculated and displayed on dashboards (TileBoards) throughout the factory.   

If you and your company are considering upgrading to an Industry 4.0 factory solution, you can analyze what's available by using the seven decision-making steps above. Or, you can jump ahead of the pack and register for our 30-Day OEE Audit here.

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The Worximity Smart Food Factory solution is a low-cost hardware system that can be up and running in a few hours combined with an easy and intuitive yet powerful analytics dashboard that provides fast ROI to start and a roadmap to full-on IIoT success.

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