Improving overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) involves a lot of strategizing and patience. With the right tactics, openness of the management to adjustments, and willingness of the workers to adapt to the changes, you will be able to ensure that line performance is always at its peak. Below are some tactics to give you examples.
1. Use a customized end-of-arm tooling optimized with robotics to minimize the downtimes during production run changes
Depending on the product handled by your equipment, it used to take up to 3 hours just for a changeover on separate machines. With the advancement of technology, this waiting time has been cut down to 20 minutes at the most. You can reduce the downtime by implementing a quick release for the thumb screws and pneumatic connections. This is possible with the usage of a robotic end effector that you can always remove and replace in the case of issues.
2. Automate loading and package inspection to speed up the process and take advantage of equipment for all phases
Not using your equipment to automate loading and package inspection is a big disadvantage. Not only are you using your manpower for something that can be handled by a machine, but you are also limiting the effectiveness of every other equipment prior to the loading and inspection of the package. Certain equipment are capable of doing both with the use of line tracking as well as vision. You can use a multi-axis robot to load the items needed to appropriate stations where an integrated vision handles the verification of the quality of the product before shipping out or storage.
3. Become a paperless factory to reduce waste output
An obvious benefit to becoming a paperless factory is that you won’t have to worry about dedicating an entire room just for storing papers for records. You will also not have to worry about human error being a factor when it comes to the archival of information because your equipment will automatically handle the process for you. A person can suffer carpal tunnel syndrome which can affect the rate and effectiveness of their work. As a paperless factory, your equipment also benefit especially if you can hook them into an integrated centralized database.
4. Gather data in real time and give your equipment access to the data
For you to be able to run a factory with a high overall equipment effectiveness, you must be open to the idea of automating the flow of your data. When your equipment and workers have access to the data as soon as they are recognized, verified, and recorded, you are saving every party from the tedious process of having to go through a middleman just to get certain information. Useful information may be handed out to your workers which they can input on the equipment or may even be automated to make everything flow on its own with little to no manual input.
With a paperless factory you can guarantee that there will be no lost documentation. You can also improve OEE with HartfordControl’s line performance solution.