Automated and real-time production monitoring enhances productivity and efficiency. And when done with the right tools, production monitoring can transform an entire manufacturing company. It helps reduce costs, find opportunities for improvement and aid in achieving goals.
The benefits you can expect from Evocon’s OEE software extend to the whole company, regardless of the size, industry, or production process.
How Does Evocon’s OEE Software Solution Benefit the Whole Company?
This article reviews ten of the most significant benefits that Evocon provides. We chose these benefits based on reviews on Capterra given to Evocon by our clients. The overview of the benefits and quotes from our clients will help you better understand what to expect when you start to monitor your production and OEE. We also invite you to read these reviews on Capterra so you can hear directly from our end-users themselves in their own words.
Today, Evocon clients in 14 industries use our production monitoring and OEE software to free employees from unnecessary paperwork.
We use our IIoT device to collect all relevant information from production by utilizing sensors, PLC outputs, and HTTPS requests. We then securely store the data on Amazon AWS servers so that you can access it anywhere and anytime.
As a result, you no longer need to enter the collected data into Excel, saving your workforce countless work hours that you can use more productively. More importantly, you free your people from the burden of manual data collection and let them do value-added tasks. Furthermore, it means you no longer have to worry about data accuracy.
Tip: Read HKScan’s case study to learn about the benefits of data automation and removing unnecessary paperwork.
Reports are an essential way of understanding the effectiveness of your production process and the impact your efforts have on improving the process. You must keep track of OEE, downtime, performance, quality, and more.
All this data can quickly become a burden for any team. Having to track, aggregate, put together, and present different KPIs each week and month, manually, really is a waste of time.
That’s why automating your production reports with Evocon is a significant benefit, because it helps you:
- Save time and save money.
- Get data that you haven’t been able to get before.
- Increase the reliability and accuracy of your reports.
- Visualize your production data in an easy-to-understand way.
- Utilize the potential of your staff by freeing up their time.
The only way to get reliable data about the production process is to make OEE usable for machine operators on the shop floor. The key to achieving this is by giving them a tool that is easy to use and highly visual.
Visual feedback matters because it drastically improves our ability to work with and understand complex data. Not only can we comprehend the information faster, but relationships are easier to identify.
Making production data actionable to operators helps them understand how their performance affects the overall progress of the shift. Moreover, they will learn to understand what they can do to improve.
By having visibility into your production process, your company can seek a way forward based on what the data says — increasing productivity and removing waste along the way.
Learn more: How do Machine Operators Benefit from Evocon?
Most manufacturers start optimizing their production by looking for ways to eliminate unnecessary and unplanned machine downtime. To do this, you first need to clearly understand how much downtime you have and the reasons that are causing it. Then you can review this information and work on implementing solutions.
By automating machine downtime tracking and making it easy for operators to register downtime reasons (a few clicks from a predefined list of breakdown reasons), Evocon provides you with the data you need to understand which issues are most relevant and where to focus your attention.
Analyzing and understanding collected production data can open up new possibilities and resources for your company that previously might have been completely overlooked.
Understanding how your production process is performing against expectations, what is the estimated time to complete an order, and how much time is lost due to micro stops and slow cycles, helps empower you and your team with an ability to plan your resources more effectively.
Instead of buying a new machine, you can pull up the information from Evocon and decide how much hidden potential you still have. Over time, you can minimize the gap between what you are producing now and your real potential.
Keeping your attention on what is most important in production is one of the most essential ingredients if you want to be able to:
- Stick to your production goals.
- Continuously improve the production process.
- Stay competitive in your industry.
Like most things, this is, of course, easier said than done. It’s easy to get distracted, feel overwhelmed, and stressed out. When this happens, you end up doing things that do not contribute to the success of your company and team. But with reliable data as a starting point and real-time production monitoring by Evocon, you can keep out the daily clutter and focus your attention where it matters most.
Using Evocon, we will help you understand the real problems in your production so you can prioritize improvement activities accordingly.
Learn more: 7 Best Practices to Improve OEE and Productivity
Another OEE software benefit is a new layer of transparency that it helps provide. This helps everyone see what is happening in production and what are the real problems.
Once you and your team have a clear picture of what is happening on the shop floor, finding solutions to productivity issues becomes a lot easier. Instead of accepting bottlenecks as “the reality of your shop floor,” you can start eliminating them.
This paves the way for collaboration, communication, and trust among your employees. Because once people understand that Evocon is a way to report back to management about the issues on the shop floor instead of scrutinizing them, it is seen as a tool that empowers them.
With Evocon monitoring your downtime and technical availability, there is a history of recorded production stops with clearly linked explanations.
This information helps initiate proactive repair and preventive maintenance procedures. Plus, it prevents some breakdowns altogether. It also means that machine operators become more involved and aware of machine stoppages and their causes.
Once you capture all stoppages in real time, you give your maintenance department the information it needs to become proactive rather than reactive.
Most manufacturers have a production schedule, but how many consistently meet it? And what is the basis of their production plan? Scheduling always happens before the execution of the scheduling plan. That’s why you must base your plan on objective and accurate data.
With Evocon monitoring your production equipment, you’ll know right from the beginning whether your estimate is feasible and what is the utilization rate of your assets. With this knowledge comes an achievable schedule and plan.
If you are working in a large multinational corporation, then you probably have production facilities in both hemispheres, and with data collected and stored by Evocon, you can begin to analyze, benchmark, and optimize your production globally.
Our clients with cross-border operations have started to realize this benefit.
As we discuss in our case study on Yara, Evocon has been effectively used to roll out lean manufacturing, OEE, and standardized loss reporting for over 135 production lines worldwide.
This standardization of OEE tracking helps you benchmark differences between countries, regions, and factories more accurately than ever before. Leading to increased awareness, expertise, and sharing of best practices on a global level.
Ultimately, global standardization enables your company to speak the same language across all operations.