5 Best Practices for Setting Your Machine Monitoring System up for Success

Abby Baumann Jul 6, 2021

The purpose of implementing a machine monitoring system is to improve plant productivity, but some manufacturers get much better results than others. We wanted to know exactly what accounts for the difference—and what steps manufacturers can take to ensure success.

To find out, we studied the implementations of more than 50 Amper customers, measuring 10 contributing parameters and their effect on the factory floor. Ultimately, our research team identified five key factors that drive the most successful outcomes. Every business seeks a good return on its investments. To get the most from your OEE tracking system investment, we suggest you follow these five proven best practices for implementation and beyond.

Defining Success

A manufacturer that uses its machine monitoring system correctly and fully reaps the following benefits: An improvement in QCD metrics, resulting in enhanced customer value. (For example, achieving consistent on-time delivery is one measurable outcome.) The ability to sustain a culture of continuous improvement. When it comes to CI, some factories go through sporadic bursts of activity, followed by lulls. Ongoing use of a machine monitoring system helps keep CI efforts top-of-mind. Data-based improvements in operations, including:

  • Giving operators the support they need to maintain productivity
  • Providing engineers with the data needed to move projects forward
  • Arming executives with intelligence that allows them to make informed hiring, purchasing and pricing decisions

Furthermore, these factories share the following characteristics:

  • The machine monitoring system is installed across the entire shop floor, despite varied equipment.
  • The manufacturer has identified specific goals to track and work toward.
  • Users across the organization know how to use the system and its data.
  • Use of the system is consistent and sustained.
  • Managers rely on the system, rather than manually collecting data off the plant floor.
  • Managers know where the bottlenecks and training needs are and can address them.
  • No unpleasant surprises. Machines won’t go down and sit idle for hours before someone notices there’s a problem.

5 Best Practices for a Successful Implementation

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