Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)


Make the invisible visible!

You cannot improve what you do not see. By using OEE it is revealed which machine- and process-related losses must be reduced. OEE breaks the performance of a manufacturing unit into three separate but measurable components: Time, Speed and Quality. Each component points to specific aspects of the process that can be targeted for improvement.
You are able to make analysis in any cross section of machines, lines, groups, plants, shifts and teams. In any time-frame. Results improve when OEE is not just measured but also actively managed. Results improve when people take the right actions because they are involved in real time.

What is OEE?

OEE (1982) stands for Overall Equipment Effectiveness. On the one hand it is the standard to calculate machine effectiveness and manufacturing productivity, but moreover it álso shows how effectiveness got lost. This feature is unique and makes OEE a vital element of all serious improvement strategies for manufacturing-processes, including TPM and Lean Manufacturing.

For whom is OEE?

OEE is a methodology for operators, mechanics, team leaders, shopfloor- and production managers and continuous improvement managers to give focussed direction and keep control over productivity-improvement. OEE creates high acceptance for different departments to take part and work together to commonly create a successful factory.


We connect people and technology to improve productivity, we Overall Equipment Effectiveness at FullFact.

Why Overall Equipment Effectiveness?

Every split second where a cork is hit on a bottle, the bottle has become a higher value. Factories are all about such successful cycles on all those machines involved. OEE studies exactly show those moments on the spot where it happens: at the machine, the moment it happens. Or not. Both is being captured. This makes it thé essential measure for management and staff services that wish to know which conditions to create in order to thrive production effectiveness from bottom up, setting targets and conditions top-down.


Very actionable

OEE shows spot-on where to take what action, in order to  improve volume, quality, cost and predictability of production.

Common goals

OEE provides common goals between different disciplines and its management.

Universal language

Proper OEE Software is a communication tool, a universal language, so different disciplines and hierarchies can cooperate in a focussed way to make improvements.

Right priorities

OEE helps to make the right and pro-active decisions where priorities need to be set, based on actual and correct data.

Improve quality of life

By addressing stress causing losses, OEE can improve quality of life of employees and strengthens team spirit, both for operators and executives… when used properly.

Start simple, with your productivity in mind

When you show us your company from the inside, our experts can tell you within 60 minutes where improvement can be made.

Calculate Overall Equipment Effectiveness

The baseline of the OEE number is quite simple: It is the ratio between the theoretical maximum capacity vs the actual output? OEE ALSO wants to know where the differences, so the losses, can be found. Therefore, the OEE calculation poses three questions. And three questions alone.

Is the machine operating or not?

When NO: Why not?
When yes, go to question 2.

Is it running at theoretical maximum speed, or not?

When NO: What’s going on?

3. What comes out: Is it OK, or not?

When NO: What IS coming out?
So basically it is a bit like a ledger: there is always a balance; DO and DIDN’T have to fit. And in there, time, volume and quality all three have to sum up in the right way. This all sounds simple -and basically it is- but like with a ledger; you have to understand it well to use it right.
Originally OEE was calculated only over the time a shift was scheduled. And some tend to take out specific part of that time too, like breaks or maintenance. In order to deal with this and to visualize ANY loss of effectiveness, the OEE Industry Standard structures the loss tree in a very simple way.

The FullFact OEE solution always follows and visualises this loss cascade
by displaying TEEP, OOE and OEE as base KPI’s.

Real and sustainable improvement

Just implementing OEE does not bring sustainable improvement. When starting to measure OEE through our software, we regularly see the OEE ‘spontaneously’ going up. Sometimes even up to 15%. But we know this is a temporary effect caused by the focus the team gets. You may as well sit beside the machine a while and pay some attention to process and the people.

For real- and sustainable improvement you will need to provide the right focus, support and actions. We have a strong network of highly skilled improvement experts that will certainly be able and willing to help you through when and where needed.

FullFact is an OEE company

High production costs? No common language? Constant priority struggle? Unpredictable production results?No more!