Equipment Optimization to Drive Profitability
OEE: Speed Index x Quality Index x Time Index
By optimizing all of the steps in the production cycle and standardizing materials,
very high efficiencies can be achieved. An example is shown in Figure 1, where 134
makereadies and 273,000 impressions were completed in 24 hours on a sheetfed press. For a more in-depth guide to OEE, click here.
4. Post-production considerations: Postpress can be the bottleneck in getting finished products to the customer. However, scheduling this area can be used to actually drive production and, in certain instances, pricing. An example of postpress driving production would be scheduling similar job types together, such as all trifold brochures, so that set-up is eliminated/minimized in all but the first job. In addition, optimizing your postpress in many cases will not only ease production but will also result in higher productivity, as the number of last minute/late-breaking job changes are minimized. An instance of a facility optimizing postpress activities occurred when a printing company linked their billing to their shipping scanner. The invoices for certain customers were automatically generated and distributed, in this case saving not only time and costs, but also gaining an additional five days of cash flow.
In a recent productivity program with one customer, 1,750 hours of added print production capacity was achieved in the first year. These improvements were achieved through technical services, followed by additional training and monthly progress reviews that drove the project implementation and persuaded complete buy-in from the management and the staff.
Analytics, tools, and support are available to drive equipment efficiency and business growth. There needs to be parallel efforts to drive the business and the equipment efficiency to obtain the maximum benefits. Evaluating and acting on the findings and recommendations will
ultimately lead to increased profitability.