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    Case Studies

    The Use and Abuse of OEE

    Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is fast becoming a widely used measure for the manufacturing industry, but it is also one of the more misunderstood and misused measures, causing much confusion...


    Quantum Leap Yield Improvement

    Production Preparation Process (3P)—Milestone 13
    In the highly competitive world of vinyl siding production, “process yield is king.” A fraction of a percentage point change in yield traditionally is very difficult to attain let alone sustain. So you can imagine what was going through one plant manager’s head when he got the news that yield had to improve 2.4% above last year’s performance.


    A Journey to World Class

    The Samlesbury brewery, now owned by Interbrew, has used its Asset Care programme as a key tool for pursuing cost reduction through more intensive use of plant


    United Seating and Mobility

    As with many companies, the challenges facing United Seating & Mobility include increasing expectations of quality products and services, pressure from customers to reduce prices, and competition from numerous competitors in an industry suffering through consolidation. But by committing itself to becoming lean, United Seating – which produces customized wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility products – is not only surviving, but expanding as other companies fall by the wayside.


    Operator Maintenance vs. Autonomous Maintenance

    When Productivity Inc. came across the work of the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM), developers of total productive maintenance (TPM), as part of our research into Japanese manufacturing practices in the 1980’s, we encountered the same problem as with other systems: how do we teach this to people in the West?