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5 Benefits of Using a Cloud-Based OEE Solution

time clock 8 min read • December 7, 2019 evocon visualises global oee
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Martin Lääts

Head of Design & Service

In the constantly changing business world, cloud-based OEE solutions are the answer to manufacturers’ questions regarding production monitoring. As part of the manufacturing digitalization process, the cloud model provides significant benefits to companies of all sizes. Collaboration, affordability, and cost-efficiency, to name a few. This article covers the 5 benefits that the cloud brings and how they can contribute to your production process.

1. Cloud-Based OEE Solutions Enhance Collaboration

How can we take faster action when there is an unplanned stop?
Is there a more straightforward way to share data across departments?
What can be the alternate solution to the neverending spreadsheets?

These questions sound familiar to most of the manufacturers who collect production data manually. Not surprisingly, the answers lead us to cloud-based OEE solutions.

Collaboration in the cloud environment enables the production team to communicate across departments and factories easily. Compared to traditional methods, employees can share information faster and more efficiently.

Let’s assume that your production line has just stopped due to a technical breakdown. If you are using a paper-based system, an operator (hopefully) marks this stop info on paper. The data travels from one spreadsheet to another. Then it finally reaches the person responsible for solving this. In some cases, the information may even be lost.  So, even if the operator solves the problem, the person responsible for preventing this issue from happening again never knows about it.

In the future, the same problem can arise again without the right people knowing. All the while, your organization keeps losing time and money.

However, if you are using an online OEE solution, the data is accessible right away. It is ready to be shared, acted upon, and analyzed for improvements. In a nutshell, cloud solutions turn data into actionable information promptly.

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2. Your OEE System Is Always Up to Date

Am I using the latest version of my current system?
How can I receive updates more regularly?
Is there a way my team and I can save some time when dealing with the updates?

With local servers, the responsibility of keeping everything up-to-date is on you. Not only that, but all new updates cost you time and money. However, in the cloud, everything is the responsibility of your provider. So, you have the chance to manage your time more efficiently as well as your finances.

Using a cloud-based system provides you with real-time solutions. The examples include immediate updates, be they bug fixes, security patches, or new features. This ensures that you are always using the latest technology. Thus, your life on the shop floor and in the office becomes much easier.

In conclusion, compared to an on-premise system, you save a lot of time and money with a cloud-based OEE system. So, you can focus on your goals and improve your production.

3. Cloud-Based OEE Solutions Provide You With Flexibility in Your Production Goals

How can my team and I react to the ever-changing industry dynamics more quickly?
Is there a smart tool that provides us with more flexibility when our plans change?
How can I manage the production process more efficiently?

Your organization may need to adjust its operations and storage needs due to the circumstances in your industry. As your goals change, you need more flexibility. Many companies have adopted the cloud model to be able to make the correct adjustments when necessary.

In another case, you may identify a need for optimization. So, how can you improve your production process? Where do most of your expenditures lie?

Cloud-based OEE solutions help you optimize your business in many ways. Detecting the root causes of downtime and discovering your hidden factory are only two of them.

In conclusion, the cloud model gives better overall management and standardization possibilities as well as flexibility in planning.

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4. Cloud Systems Help Keep Your Data Secure 

Should we send our corporate data into the cloud?
Is my data protected there?
Are there any risks to consider when using a cloud-based OEE solution?

These are the most common questions regarding data security. As more and more providers exchange data, security has become paramount.

Thanks to the latest developments in SaaS and cloud-based OEE technologies, manufacturers are shifting towards the cloud model with these new solutions. That’s because those services can take advantage of robust cloud platforms that are built with security as a priority.

Cloud platform service providers, mainly led by Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, can demonstrate better security practices and certifications. This is related to their scale, ability to build data centers, and hire the best experts in their fields.

One of the other reasons why companies prefer cloud-based OEE solutions is the developments in authentication, authorization, and encryption technologies. They were challenging to manage or implement in the past. Now, they are used as standards all across the web to move data securely.

Learn more: Security Overview at Evocon

5. Cloud-Based OEE Solutions Reduce Cost

What is the alternative to using on-premise solutions?
How can we avoid high costs related to training our personnel?
Is there a way to lower IT company fees and the implementation cost?

If you are using an on-premise OEE system, you are probably familiar with these questions. One of the reasons why you should implement a cloud-based OEE solution is cost.

By using this system, you can save on updates as mentioned before. Furthermore, your provider is also responsible for the implementation, training, and support. So, you only pay for the product, leave the rest to your service provider, and enjoy the cost reduction.

Learn more: Evocon’s OEE Software Price – What to Know?

By Choosing Cloud, You Choose The Future

The production industry is firmly moving towards digitalization and Industry 4.0. This creates ecosystems between different machines, users, and production processes. In today’s world of data, using a cloud-based OEE solution is almost inevitable to keep the whole system running and under control.

Using cloud-based OEE monitoring offers similar benefits. You not only have an excellent overview of all monitored processes across your company but also enjoy cost-reduction and effective collaboration. Even when your company has facilities with many machines all over the world with a high number of employees.

Furthermore, all the data moves in the cloud in real-time and comes together on your dashboard. Considering all the benefits, why not take action and start today?