Working as a sr. Lean consultant I noticed two things over and over again:
So I started to wonder if it would be possible to define a kind of an 'Industry Standard OEE definition', that would make sure that at least within the same company everybody uses OEE in the same way. i.e. if we are talking about 'Availability' at least it should be clear that everybody in- or excludes the same issues (i.e. breaks, PM, etc).
What I did was this:
At first I thought this would become a huge document since the equipment I looked at was varying from refineries to cement- and paper mills to beer breweries, food processors, drilling, stamping, welding, plating.... well you name it and is was there. Guess what… I figured out the whole lot of it fits on a couple of A4!
Then I took this concept to some experienced OEE implementers and discussed every element. Every time we had a discussion, I gave all arguments I had heard and tried to find the Best Of Best argument, considering it had to be applicable on ANY other situation! In fact this process is still going on, but the picture becomes quite clear.
It is my objective to have an OEE standard definition available where every choice is companioned with very reasonable and strong argumentation, that (if I did my job well) can not be refuted within the spirit of TPM and Lean Manufacturing.
Now, in 2003 many parties have joined us on this adventure and tried hard to ‘doubt’ every element of the standard; yet the arguments given by the first group of forum-members stand firm. However we have gathered some additions and clarifications which are added to this version of the OEE Industry Standard.
I now want to invite every OEE using company to join us in this standard:
If you would like to contribute to the discussion please let us know by sending an email to: email@example.com.