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.
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 manufacturing plant. OEE is most effective when those who actually create the value, the operators and their factory 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
- Are well suited to monitor problems
OEE data can be converted into useful diagrams showing which machines or processes are causing problems. And this data is the best starting point for improvement.
OEE roles of the management team
When the operators are in the lead, what is the role of production management regarding OEE? The production team is responsible for executing the work, and management should create an environment where work can be executed as efficiently and effectively as possible. It is the management’s role to provide the production team with the right system changes to perform better.
In short, production management:
- Formulates improvement targets (what is the current and the preferred situation)
- Implements OEE
- Asks the production team to make losses visible and makes it possible to discuss them among all people involved
- Makes improvement possible by creating ways to eliminate the losses
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