The scalable Proficy OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) is designed to continuously monitor and improve equipment performance, providing manufacturers an analysis tool that they can use to increase efficiency and productivity on the shop floor.
GE says Proficy OEE, an “out-of-the-box” software package, is turnkey so companies can implement it quickly, thus maximizing its return on investment and minimizing total cost of ownership.
Don Busiek, general manager manufacturing software for GE Intelligent Platforms, says OEE helps manufacturers — who are being asked to do more with fewer resources — ensure that their equipment is running at top performance levels.
OEE quantifies how well a manufacturing unit performs relative to its designed capacity, during the periods when it is scheduled to run. A tool to support continuous improvement and a commonly used key performance indicator in conjunction with lean manufacturing efforts, OEE breaks performance into three separate but measurable components: availability, performance and quality. Each component points to an aspect of the process that can be targeted for improvement.
OEE may be applied to any individual work center or rolled up to the department or plant levels. This tool allows for drilling down for very specific analysis such as particular part number, shift or any of several other parameters, GE says.
Proficy OEE delivers OEE information through an operational dashboard that provides a role-based environment. GE says this simplifies real-time decision-making.
Busiek says measuring performance makes it easier to improve, and improving productivity by eliminating waste is a key objective of lean manufacturing. He says global manufacturers have reporting upwards of 10 percent increases in efficiency by using GE’s OEE software.