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OEE primer: How to reduce production waste

In an ideal world, a packaging plant’s equipment would operate 100 percent of the time at 100 percent capacity with a good-quality output of 100 percent.

In real life, of course, this scenario is rare indeed. Losses in production time and materials are to blame for this disparity, but properly directed efforts can help an operation reduce these efficiency-robbing occurrences.

Calculating the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) rate represents a crucial element of any serious commitment to reduce equipment- and process-related wastes through total productive maintenance (TPM).

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