Markem-Imaje Introduces New CoLOS® Overall Equipment Effectiveness Software
Tackling high downtime, low performance and poor quality is a priority for all manufacturers. One way to increase efficiency is to measure and improve OEE, a standard method measuring manufacturing productivity composed of 3 KPIs: Availability, Performance and Quality. Many OEE solutions can be expensive and time-consuming to implement, as they require custom programming or the expertise to undertake complicated configuration. CoLOS OEE, by contrast, is an off-the-shelf application that is 100% configurable and provides the insights needed to improve efficiency within days of purchase. This software by Markem-Imaje is suitable for a multi-step approach from one line to full-site deployment.
Key Challenge Measuring and Improving OEE:
Typical OEE rates before continuous improvement program implementation are 50-60%. While best-in-class plants achieve 85% OEE rates, many struggle with improving their figures as they do not have easy, timely and comprehensive access to the information they need to calculate and track effectively.
Positive feedback has been received by customers testing the software in its development phase. "We can now make better data-driven decisions to implement line improvements," says
Because it is part of the market-leading CoLOS information management system, the new OEE collects data from existing Markem-Imaje coders, or any OPC-enabled packaging line devices, at two points along the line, with no need for extra hardware or communications.
By analyzing the data collected at these points, CoLOS automatically calculates the OEE KPIs which are defined as the following ratios:
- Availability: real versus planned production time
- Performance: real versus theoretical maximum line rate
- Quality: good versus total products produced
These KPIs are displayed on real-time dashboards, helping operators ensure their lines produce the maximum number of high-quality products, taking into account planned downtime and stops.
If a line stops unexpectedly, for example, the counters will pause. This is reflected on the dashboards, alerting operators who can fix the issue immediately. Once the problem has been identified and rectified, the operator can select the relevant reason on the user interface to facilitate further analysis. Alternatively, if the feature is enabled, CoLOS OEE can get the error code data automatically from the relevant packaging line devices.
Providing Insight that Identifies the Root Causes of Inefficiency:
CoLOS OEE provides a variety of historical reports so managers have the facts they need to enhance productivity permanently by prioritizing and eliminating the top reasons for downtime, performance and quality losses. Quickly and continuously they can identify trends and fix the root cause of issues to achieve greater efficiency gains of up to 10-15%. Used with Markem-Imaje's other Packaging Intelligence solutions, efficiency can be improved even further.
"You can't improve what you don't measure and taking data-driven decisions reduces risk while substantially increasing chances of a successful outcome," observes
For more information, please visit: www.markem-imaje.com/colos-oee.
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