Across all food and beverage manufacturing environments, there’s a push for greater efficiency and reduced downtime, both of which are essential to maintaining and increasing profits. While most manufacturers have a general idea of how to drive production improvements, drilling down and understanding the true barriers to efficiency isn’t always clear. In fact, there’s often little visibility into the root causes of production disruptions, whether they stem from drawn-out changeover processes, faulty equipment, or other hidden bottlenecks. For this reason, many manufacturers have turned to OEE data collection software to increase productivity and improve yields.
Manufacturing facilities, whether CPG or Food and Beverage, rely on Overall Equipment Effectiveness as the single best metric for identifying losses and benchmarking progress towards improving the performance of their equipment. It’s used to identify the percentage of manufacturing time that is truly productive. Click here for a quick infographic of how to calculate OEE.
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In response to specific needs from customers and partners, SafetyChain has developed several solutions to address the impact of Coronavirus. These solutions help food and beverage manufacturers efficiently manage physical distancing measures, symptom screening, & travel restrictions, and help customers of certification bodies maintain critical certifications, remotely. Find out how they can help your operations.
According to data from Deloitte, the U.S. manufacturing industry is facing a labor shortage, which is projected to extend into the next decade. More than two million jobs are likely to go unfilled, which is largely due to a skills gap. Being that women hold less than 30% of manufacturing jobs and less than 5% of CEO roles in the industry, there’s a huge area of opportunity for women in this realm.
As businesses across the globe find themselves in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the food industry in particular must brace for the disruptions that the virus will inevitably cause. The public depends on the industry’s ability to provide a continuous, safe supply of food, so employees in plants are considered essential. Of course, we can’t oversee our employees’ behaviors when they’re outside of our facilities, but what we can do is stay educated and implement strategies that control its effects within our plants.
There’s no single, definitive OEE software price—perform a quick web search, and you’ll see prices ranging all across the board. Some cloud-based OEE solutions feature a monthly license fee, which may vary based on factors such as the size of the facility or how many machines the company needs to monitor. On the other hand, some vendors price using flat fees. As with any type of technology, you’ll likely find that you get what you pay for: solutions that lie on the low end of the cost spectrum will offer fewer features and user-friendly capabilities compared to those that fall towards the middle or on the higher side. Some solutions will run only on certain devices, and others, like SafetyChain, are device-agnostic and integrate with just about any other software or hardware. Of course, it’s critical to consider your company’s needs, expectations, and budget to make an informed decision.
As the coronavirus continues to make headlines worldwide, North American food and beverage manufacturers must prepare for its potential impact. This isn’t the first coronavirus we’ve seen; SARS in 2003 and MERS in 2012 have also been considered coronavirus outbreaks. These illnesses are found naturally in both humans and animals. COVID-19, however, is considered a new (also referred to as “novel”) coronavirus and was first discovered in late fall of 2019 in Wuhan, China.
OEE monitoring software is a powerful, innovative technology designed to meet the most significant challenges faced by manufacturing companies. It measures overall equipment effectiveness, or OEE, to give facilities a clear understanding of how their machines are operating against expectations. Yet, it goes much further than simply analyzing machine performance—it also provides powerful insights into operations across specific lines, batches, and shifts to help you uncover inefficiencies and determine where you’re excelling.