How to Achieve Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a standard for measuring equipment productivity in the manufacturing industry through availability, performance, and quality. In mathematical terms, Availability x Performance x Quality = OEE. Though a basic formula, OEE can be used as the foundation of process analysis and help companies identify and eliminate overall losses and waste. It can be used to evaluate a single machine, station, or even an entire factory.

In the equation, Availability analyzes planned run time versus actual run time. Performance looks at product completion rates or throughput. Quality conveys how many of the finished products meet the company’s standard. Essentially, what is the percentage of defective products? Together, these factors are used to recognize how equipment is performing and helps to set production goals that a company plans to achieve.

In the Food Handling and Processing Industry, conveyor hygiene and ease of use impacts all three components of OEE. Properly prepping the belt and spacing out products optimizes runtime (Availability) and allows for effective cleaning and disassembly (Performance). The more sanitary the machine, the more saleable products will be generated (Quality).

Dorner offers two hygienic conveyors: the AquaPruf and AquaPruf Ultimate systems. Both are stocked with innovative Tip-Up Tails and Belt Lifters, mechanisms that promote easy access to the conveyor frame with no tools required. These designs enable water and other cleaning agents to reach every part of the machine, effectively eliminating bacteria growth, food and water accumulation, and a chance of contamination. Hygienic conveyors are highly versatile, ideal for anything ranging from bakery items to meat and poultry products.

Learn more about various Dorner hygienic conveyor accessories, features, and how to maximize your equipment’s OEE with our latest infographic.

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