How high should the OEE be?

Q: I have been reading in different sources about the OEE measurement and I have not been able to find any concrete agreement about what the value for OEE should be. Could you please give me any references?

I have read that there is no common agreement but that it is generally suggested that bellow 65% should be considered unacceptable, since it represents a very low competitiveness and a great number of economic losses. A value between 65 and 75% is considered as regular, only acceptable if it is being improved. A value between 75 and 85 % means an acceptable level with slight economic losses and which can be easily improved to World Class levels. A value between 85 and 95 percent is considered as good and equals World Class values; it represents a high level of competitiveness. And finally, a value above 95% is considered as excellence; an excellent competitiveness and World Class values.

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How to treat machines when there is no demand?

Q: Some of our machines are not being used every day on the demand of the product. So, I don’t evaluate those machines when they remain idle. But, as per my boss, those idle machines should also be evaluated (i.e. OEE =0) and should be presented in monthly graphical reports. Is it correct to calculate OEE of those machines while they are not running? 

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Calculate a monthly OEE

Q: My boss wants me to calculate and present a graphical OEE representation on a monthly basis. I present this as I do with the daily data. I calculate the monthly OEE  by taking the average of the daily OEE’s.

Is it alright to present a monthly OEE of the machines by calculating the average of the daily OEE’s in a month?

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SMED: Changeover Time Reduction by 50-90%

SMED – Single Minute Exchange of Dies
A real life shopfloor workshop to reduce changover time by 50 to 90%
4-8 Participants
3 days workshop

  • Shopfloor theory training
  • Changeover recording
  • Analysis with the team
  • Appliance of the SMED methodology
  • Definition of new changeover routine
  • Proving the new routine
  • Actionplan for needed visualizations etc
  • Training all teammembers

Goal: A sustainable reduction of changeover time on one machine by 50 to 90%

SMED Analysis on the shopfloor


Shopfloor Management with OEE

2 days Workshop

8-24 Participants

How to use OEE as a central steering instrument in the daily operation.

  • What can be made visible with OEE?
  • What are the consequences of seeing nasty things?
  • Turning discovered ‘nasty things’ into great opportunities
  • Psychology of Reporting
  • Who is reporting what to whom?
  • What does ‘daily management’ mean?
  • What can daily management look like?
  • What will be the results?
  • Defining the agenda’s
  • Defining the reports
  • Defining roles and rules

A practical workshop that covers not only useful theory but also leaves the team with all preparations done to start next day