Do you ever have that feeling? You and your partner did a job on your day off. For example, arranging your garden or refurbishing one of your rooms in the house. And that you are enjoying the result at the end of the day. With or without coffee and apple pie or perhaps a glass of wine. That wonderful feeling of that of a job well done. Do you recognize that?

Why is OEE important?

Wouldn’t it be great if employees within a production organization could experience the same feeling during their daily work? Measuring the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is an excellent tool for this. The OEE not only measures the performance of a number of employees on a production line or machine, but also provides insight into the extent to which those employees have succeeded in increasing the OEE through improvements. Because the employees themselves indicate the reason for each standstill in the OEE Toolkit – they know better than anyone else what is going on exactly.

OEE results in daily practice

In daily practice, we still see far too often that the OEE results are not really discussed and shared with the operators on the shop floor. In that case, the OEE results are used by managers who make reports for higher management and to inform other departments about production possibilities. This may provide peace and clarity within the organization, but it does not yet give the operators on the shop floor the feeling that they matter. Let alone that they experience much satisfaction from the energy they have put into it.

OEE for operators

How can we change this and make sure that OEE results owned by the operators on the shop floor? Ensure that operators receive short daily feedback from the previous day’s results. That they get insight into all stoppages through a ‘standstill Pareto’ and challenge them! Give operators a challenge: Is this reporting correct? Where do you think the biggest bottlenecks are? What are the main causes? How could we tackle it? And not to forget “who” or “what” do we need? These are just a few short questions that you can use to start involving your operators more and improving your production process.

OEE for the shop floor

It is important that you let the operators feel that they matter, that you involve them in the search for solutions to losses. Make sure they have time to work out improvements and/or to participate in improvement teams, whether or not in collaboration with colleagues from the technical or quality service.

That’s why OEE is important!

Any improvement that the operators feel they have contributed to will also give them a good sense of appreciation. Moreover, it is motivating to celebrate successes, even if they were a piece of cake. Treat the team to apple pie with coffee or do something more creative. In short; create a “YES!” feeling.


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