How to prepare for Industry 4.0 through intelligent machinery
Industry 4.0 is loosely defined as the computerisation of
manufacturing and welcomes the exciting new concept of intelligent
machinery. One crucial outcome of Industry 4.0 is reducing
production time, by integrating intelligence via a PC into
machinery and the manufacturing process. ATM Automation are
responding to this by giving intelligence to our systems and
work benches through our control system with Overall Equipment
Our control systems are the heart of the BuildAssist range and
are predominantly used within the Automotive, Medical and Plastics
industries for a wide range of technologies including, assembly,
clipping, vision, welding and bonding. This OEE software
calculations refer to three factors: availability, performance
Availability - takes into account the
down-time loss and is calculated on the percentage of effective
operating time in respect to planned or ideal production time.
Performance - focuses on the speed loss
and is calculated on the percentage of pieces effectively produced
in respect to programmed target total and ideal run time.
Quality - looks at the loss of
quality and is calculated on good pieces produced and total number
of pieces produced.
These indicators are applicable using time range,
production line, machine, shift, batch and operator
OEE gives clear and crucial information of company productivity
which enables managers to establish means of improving production
assets, machine efficiency, optimise production time and reduce
waste. If the control system shows a low OEE score, this will
cause your company an increase in unitary production costs and will
consequently lead to a reduction in profits and opportunities.
For a production line running 24/7 this would mean a loss of 4% of
productivity potential for every hour lost in a production downtime
event. The ability to analyse production data to detect the
bottlenecks and downtime events enables your company to take
immediate action to reduce loss.
As an example, if OEE software was able to recover just a 2%
loss, this would lead to retrieving 3.5 hours productivity time per
week. On an annual basis, that's 168 hours of productivity gained
which translates to a significant increase in profit.
Based on a theoretical OEE value of 100%, the most efficient and
high productivity company will generally reach an OEE value equal
to 80-85%. Without using any control methods, most companies
operate on average at an OEE value level of around 60%.
For information on our machines and control systems for
the Automotive, Medical and Plastics email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0116