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Five Factors of a Successful Launch of Your Lean Journey


Lean manufacturing can be a very worthwhile investment, as it can have a very significant effect on your productivity and profitability. But beginning your lean journey is a daunting task and a serious investment, involving a lot of effort and a bunch of money. If not managed properly, a launch into the lean is at risk for serious failure, so keep the following factors in mind to greatly increase your chances of a successful launch.

The 3 Most Fundamental OEE Terms

Posted on July 13, 2016 by Ryan Breen

One of, if not the most important term in manufacturing to understand is OEE, or overall equipment effectiveness. In general, OEE is the measurement of plant equipment’s technical performance in accomplishing a task so that the manufacturer can judge the effectiveness of the asset. They can then use this information in order to add value to the business through the analysis of capacity losses or gains through the part.

How to Adopt OEE More Effectively: Part II

In the first part of How to Adopt OEE More Effectively, we reviewed OEE calculation (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) and how it can be used to improve a plant's performance. This week we are going to talk about how to use it properly.

How to Adopt OEE More Effectively

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Peter Dorsey

OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is used on a global scale to help manufacturing companies improve production and reduce losses. OEE is a measure of how effectively your equipment is being used in your production line. It is not a measure of your plant as a whole, but rather a measure of each machine that is a part of the process.

The goal of OEE is to isolate parts of your production process that can be improved. OEE is best adopted as a measurement tool to help you identify and track the progress of changes in your line. If OEE calculation is about using your equipment effectively, how can you use OEE itself to the best effect?

The Evolution of Integrated Systems

Manufacturing is getting leaner, smarter, and sleeker. Integrated systems are making that possible.

As technology advances, automation systems converge to create more streamlined and efficient methods of production. These integrated systems make manufacturing infinitely more adaptable and cost effective, but require creative, highly skilled engineers.

So where are these engineers?