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WOOD DALE, Ill. — August 27, 2013 — Unplanned downtime results in direct and indirect costs that can greatly impact manufacturing productivity and profitability. Yet, companies can be proactive and take four critical steps to minimize unplanned downtime and improve the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) of operations including: designing and configuring the line to meet quality and output requirements; selecting the right equipment for the application; maintaining the equipment properly during its lifecycle; and clearly defining measures and processes to continuously improve the operation of the equipment. Benchmarking performance is essential to advancing an organization’s operations and determining existing and potential issues. In lean manufacturing, root cause countermeasure tools assist companies in identifying and analyzing problems leading to effective solutions, often referred to as the Problem Solving (PS) method.
Videojet Technologies Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of coding, printing and laser marking products, fluids and accessories for the product identification industry, outlines the problem solving basics:
To maximize OEE, companies need to adopt clearly defined measures and processes for continuous improvement and enhanced performance of equipment and operations. Effective problem solving requires strong leadership, teamwork and follow-through with countermeasures. A focused and methodical approach helps organizations narrow the focus to root causes, determine the critical root causes that need addressing, correlate each cause to impacts and their relative severity and identify the causes that can be corrected quickly with the greatest benefits. Prevention, however, is the best countermeasure to any unplanned downtime.
Videojet printers offer customers the ability to increase productivity with unique and efficient tools that present downtime information in a logical way. The Videojet 1550, 1650 and 1650 UHS continuous inkjet printers feature innovative tools and capabilities that help measure OEE, including Availability metrics that provide data to discover root causes of unplanned downtime. The information is displayed on Videojet’s CLARiTY™ interface so operators can quickly identify the issue and implement sustainable process improvements.
For more information on OEE, please visit http://uptime.videojet.com/us/en/productivity-tools.html
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Videojet Technologies Inc. is a world-leading manufacturer of coding, printing and laser marking products, fluids, and accessories for the product identification industry. As experts in continuous inkjet (CIJ), thermal inkjet (TIJ), case coding, thermal transfer overprinting (TTO), and laser marking technologies, Videojet has more than 325,000 units installed worldwide. Sales, service, training, administrative and application support is provided by direct operations worldwide, including Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom, with more than 250 direct sales and service personnel in the United States alone. Videojet’s distribution network includes more than 175 distributors and OEMs, serving 135 countries.
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