Why OEE?

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is an objective and comprehensive process for measuring downtime on a packaging line and identifying the root causes of that downtime.

The basic premise of OEE is once you know how much downtime you have on a production line, where and when it occurs and what is causing it, you can do something about it.

When targeted corrective actions are then implemented, improved OEE means more cases out the door using equivalent or even lower labor and material resources.

One of the biggest challenges in implementing OEE improvement initiatives is that routine production line data collection, data aggregation, storage and analysis isn't easy. And without accurate data and the means to analyze it, implementing OEE best practices is virtually impossible.

ZPI Monitor & Report makes it easy to implement OEE continuous improvement initiatives and it can help make OEE an everyday part of packaging line operation and management. It puts the data your team needs to accurately calculate and analyze OEE at their fingertips 24 / 7 / 365.

What Is Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)?

If you are familiar with OEE as a popular industry acronym, or Overall Equipment Effectiveness as a popular industry buzzword, and would like to know more about it, we hope you will find the following non-technical overview helpful.

At its core, OEE is calculated by a simple formula:

OEE Formula




There is of course much more that goes into measuring and calculating OEE, but here is what a manager needs to remember:

  • You don’t need to be an OEE expert to implement, manage or support OEE initiatives.
  • You just need the right line monitoring and data collection tools, and personnel skilled in the use of those tools.

ZPI offers complete Monitor & Support training programs for plant personnel responsible for packaging line performance. ZPI is easy to use and the array of reporting capabilities will satisfy even the most demanding requirements.

To learn more about Overall Equipment Effectiveness, and how to make it a key metric in your manufacturing facilities, please e-mail us at ZPI@ProMachBuilt.com.

For an industry White Paper on OEE that includes a more detailed explanation of OEE and its implementation, click here.