Bosch Packaging presents Overall Equipment Effectiveness Consulting Service to help manufacturers increase efficiency, detect disrupting factors, including downtime, low machine output, product waste

Kendall Sinclair

Kendall Sinclair

Oct 27, 2011 – Bosch

GERLINGEN, Germany , October 27, 2011 (press release) –

  • Tailored solutions to improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness
  • Focus on increasing machine availability, performance and output quality
  • Continuous monitoring boosts productivity and profits
Bosch Packaging Technology presents the OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) Consulting Service for increasing overall efficiency. As competition intensifies, increasing efficiency continues to be a main objective of food and pharmaceutical manufacturers. To support this, Bosch offers its new consulting service to detect process-disturbing factors, such as downtime, low machine output and product waste. “Every minute of production counts and it is therefore crucial for manufacturers to determine the exact causes of losses to maximize overall line efficiency,” said Roland Pichler, Manager OEE Consulting, Bosch Packaging Technology.

The structured approach identifies root causes of losses in availability, performance and quality, suggests improvements and implements individually tailored solutions. Bosch specialists work closely with manufacturers throughout this process and offer the expertise and technical know-how to ensure productivity and profits are optimized over the long-term.

The OEE Consulting service starts with an OEE audit, where Bosch experts review the current manufacturing set up including individual machines and entire packaging lines. Production data is gathered about three key areas: machine availability, performance and output quality.

A detailed, statistical evaluation of the data is then conducted. Reviewing machine availability data allows Bosch to identify sources of unplanned downtime while performance assessments determine the amount of output wasted by running machines at less than optimal speed. Finally, output quality is dissected to understand how much time is wasted producing products that do not meet quality standards. Bosch conducts the evaluation of the three factors across an extended period of time and summarizes data in a report to provide insights into overall line efficiency.

Detailed action plan

Based on the audit findings, Bosch experts present a detailed plan of action to detect the root causes of any losses and improve line efficiency through reducing downtime, improving process flow, reducing waste, increasing machine output and boosting quality. Recommendations might include installing new equipment or modernizing existing equipment, or preventive maintenance activities such as maintenance team training. As part of the OEE Consulting service, Bosch also provides continuous performance monitoring to show improvements resulting from implemented recommendations and provide ongoing advice on additional line adjustments.

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