GE Solution Designed to Speed Continuous-Improvement Initiatives

By Chemical Processing staff

Oct 03, 2013

GE Intelligent Platforms launched Proficy OEE, a software solution that provides a link between measurement and improvement of manufacturing processes. This scalable solution was designed to continuously monitor and improve equipment performance, providing manufacturers an analysis tool which can increase efficiency and productivity on the shop floor.

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) quantifies how well a manufacturing unit performs relative to its designed capacity, during the periods when it is scheduled to run. A well-understood tool to support continuous improvement and a commonly used key performance indicator (KPI) in conjunction with lean manufacturing efforts, OEE breaks performance into three separate but measurable components: availability, performance and quality.

Each component points to an aspect of the process that can be targeted for improvement. OEE may be applied to any individual work center or rolled up to the department or plant levels. This tool allows for drilling down for very specific analysis such as particular part number, shirt or any of several other parameters.

Proficy OEE leverages a number of Proficy software applications designed to provide a manufacturing intelligence layer for everyday operations by transforming plant data into meaningful information. OEE information is delivered through a powerful operational dashboard that provides a role-based environment simplifying real-time decision making.

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