OEE systems are used across all manufacturing industries to measure efficiency. These identify the percentage of manufacturing time which is truly productive, known as Fully Productive Time.
The aim of OEE systems is to get manufacturers to understand what is going on, measure it and use this information to improve.
A typical OEE system
OEE systems typically split the measurement of Fully Productive Time into three components; availability, performance and quality. 100% availability, also known as uptime, means that a manufacturing process is always available and not compromised by unplanned stops. 100% performance means that the process always operates at its design speed and is not compromised by short stops or having to run more slowly because of equipment problems. 100% quality means that all products are top quality with no rejects.
Marel takes OEE much further
Marel has taken the OEE concept and developed it further. Its IMPAQT system (Intelligent Monitoring of Performance, Availability and Quality Trends) retains the split between availability, performance and quality, adapting each heading to the particular circumstances of a poultry processing operation.
Taking availability first! Perhaps the best example of maximum availability is filling each shackle all of the time. A shackle not filled in the hang-on bay will result in further empty shackles throughout the process, an avoidable loss. IMPAQT helps plant management pinpoint the reason for empty shackles and can distinguish between organizational and technical issues. Maybe there were no live birds available. It could, however, be that the shackling team doesn't work efficiently enough. Either way, IMPAQT displays the reason, allowing management to take appropriate action.