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  • AnonymousDecember 30, 2011 Reply

    Thank you for articles written this year. They are written at a level of understanding accessible, which is very good. Practically every article made ​​me remember the fundamentals of SPC, at least, if you have taught me something new.
    For 2012, I wish you a happy New Year, with many interesting articles.
    Nicholas DARABAN

  • AnonymousDecember 31, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for your excelent articles during these years. They are very effetive.

    Lafayette U Tenorio

  • AnonymousJanuary 5, 2012 Reply

    Performance efficiency in unit lbs/hours or as %?

    In table 2 the Performance efficiency is stated in units lbs/hours uptime, and not as % of Best Run Rate. This must have confused the author, and consequently give wrong results for the OEE chart. The average OEE is 7.96%, not 79.6%. Recalculate column 8 (Perfomance efficiency) to % of Best Run Rate before calculation of OEE in column 9. I think that OEE cannot be larger than 100% (see days 6 and 13)!

    I read your articles and appriciate this kind of educational service!

    Best regards
    Helge Karlsson

    • billJanuary 5, 2012 Reply

      Performance efficiency is a % given as:

      % Performance Efficiency = 100(Run Weight/Uptime)/(Best Run Rate)

      where Best Run Rate has the same units as Run Weight/Uptime. So, if run weight is in lbs and uptime is in hours, the best run rate is also in lbs/hour. In the example, the best run rate is 1000 lbs per hour. If you run higher than this, the %PE can be greater than 100. So, OEE can be greater than 100 also.

      I think what confused the situation is that the lbs product (and lbs rework/scrap) had a zero left off their data in Table 2. That has been corrected as of today (1/5/12).

      Thanks for the kind comments.

      Best Regards,


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