The OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) metric has fallen in and out of favor in manufacturing circles over recent years. Beyond the poles of hype and critique, is it possible to navigate a third, thoughtful path that uses the OEE metric to drive business transformation?
If you’re struggling to make sense of manufacturing big data, you’re not alone. According to research published last year by The Economist, only 42% of manufacturers have what they consider to be a well-defined data-management strategy. Even more striking, 86% report problems in managing the data they are now generating. According to David Line, Managing Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit, “Manufacturing has been at the forefront of data collection and its importance to quality and cost control is well recognised. But collecting too much data, or failing to analyse what you collect, can be counterproductive.”
There is no shortage of data in modern manufacturing companies. The problem is that much of this data is stuck in special purpose silos.
I'm hearing this complaint a lot recently: “We have all this data stuck out there in all of these systems, and we can't get to it in a timely manner. Sometimes days or weeks go by before we see it. It is so cumbersome to extract, and we're operating so lean that we just can’t sustain this effort. We need to free these people up to do more value-added work. It's killing us.”
You should have multiple people in a variety of roles using data from your SPC software trial deployment. Each person may have very different needs, and in keeping with Covey, you should “Begin with the end in mind.” A good place to start is to identify all of your teammates - that is the stakeholders for your deployment.
Article in the Elkhart Truth (10/09/2012) mentions Hertzler Systems' collaborative work with Goshen College students and the Community Clean Water Project.
GainSeeker Suite Connect, a new mobile platform for real-time SPC data collection, gets its feet wet in a college freshmen biology class.
I think I've been in just about every kind of manufacturing setting you can imagine, from potato chips to silicon chips, from plastic bags to golf balls..... I've seen people capture, analyze, and visualize data for product quality, dimensions, scrap, environmental waste, OEE, on time delivery, and many other applications. So what happens when you turn your attention to a broader economic indicator?
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Stakeholder Dashboards need to be easy to customize to meet the special needs of each stakeholder. Everyone should have a dashboard for the information that is important to them.