In order to manage short lead times of order fulfillment, meet cost targets, handle the pressure on budgets, and the demands to quality, the right priorities must be set. But where to start and what to do? This blog series is about the fundamentals of OEE. We will answer the 10 most important questions around the subject of OEE and give an insight into the possibilities it offers.

10 things everybody should know about OEE
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Question number 3:

3. What are the OEE roles?

OEE roles of the production team

OEE Information is only useful when it is shared with fellow team members of the production team and various departments in the organization. OEE is most effective when those who actually create the value, the operators and their shop floor colleagues, are in the lead. After all, they use the machines on a day-to-day basis, they operate, load, and maintain the machines as efficiently as possible.

The invisible becomes visible – and it might be something different than you would expect

When a machine causes problems like slow down, failure, or quality problems – the operators are the people who see the most, understand what is going on, and are well suited to monitor problems. OEE data can be converted into useful diagrams showing which machines or processes are causing problems. The data are the best starting point for improvement.

OEE roles management

When the operators are in the lead, what is management’s role regarding OEE? The production team is responsible for executing the work, and management should create such an environment that the work can be executed as efficiently and effectively as possible. It is the management’s role that the production team is provided with the right system changes to perform better.

In short, management:

  1. Formulates improvement targets (what is the current and the preferred situation)
  2. Implements OEE
  3. Asks the team to make losses visible and makes it possible to discuss them among all people involvement
  4. Makes improvement possible by creating ways to eliminate the losses


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