benefit from OEE Implementations
OEE is a KPI for production that has gained importance during the last years, especially because of new IoT-influenced ways of determining it. It consists of the three factors availability, performance and quality. As it identifies losses in the production process it is an important basis for optimization processes and Shopfloor Management.
Lenze OEE-solution offers real-time data
The core of the Lenze solution is the machine PLC. The PLC already has all relevant data (e.g. machine is running, process counts) and just needs additional software to do the calculation. The results can be shown in real-time on an HMI with predefined dashboards for the Lenze web visualization. In addition, the results can also be transferred via the x500 IoT-Gateway into the x4 remote Cloud, where historical data can be stored, either for remote access or further analytics.
The real-time data also offers the possibility to send out notifications, when interruptions occur. This helps to reduce downtimes.
Machine builders can cut costs on mandatory services
Machine builders benefit from the Lenze solution by reducing costs for commissioning and during warranty periods. Through the implementation of the OEE system, it is possible to better track the availability of the machine (other than by the output) and shorten commissioning times. In addition, the machine builder does not rely on the customer to provide the infrastructure for measuring the availability. When it comes to technical problems during the warranty period, the machine builder will also be able to remotely check the problem with the x500 remote access function. Possibly, the machine builder’s technician will be able to even remotely fix the problem, without having to visit the customer. Furthermore, the data provided can be used as a source for optimization approaches for future machine designs.
To sum it up, implementing an OEE-solution can help machine builders to cut costs, when it comes to fulfilling mandatory services. As a result, the savings will quickly exceed the investment leading to a high ROI.
OEE as a differentiating feature
When talking to potential customers, an OEE system can be an extra service that offers several advantages for them. Especially the real-time data is an important argument, as it makes it possible to quickly notice and solve problems in the production process. Furthermore, the data can be used to show the current performance. Instead of giving the current OEE, though, there are ways to display the difference between the units produced and the goal of produced units. This makes it easy for operators to understand and motivates them to achieve the goals.
Another aspect is that OEE uncovers hidden losses in the production process and can thus be used as a basis for optimizations. Adding to this, it is also a tool to measure success, once optimizations have been implemented. It is also possible to break the numbers down for different time periods, e.g. weeks or months, or compare different shifts or production lines. This leads to a relevance not only for the production team, but also for the Management, who can derive future decisions.
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