OEE/Operational Efficiency

Harford OEE/Operational Efficiency provides automated, accurate, real-time information that empowers your team to make decisions where and when they are needed – based on facts, not opinions. With a flexible, user-friendly interface, our line performance solution offers full visibility into your manufacturing processes.

Our OEE Solutions – Improving Manufacturing & Production Performance

Only what is measured can be managed and improved.

Following substantial investments in machinery, maximum productivity of assets is necessary to achieve the optimal return on investment. As a standard measure, used worldwide in manufacturing operations, OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) helps to easily understand the actual performance of production processes. This information is crucial in order to take appropriate improvement actions.

Harford provide semi and fully automated, accurate, real-time information, which enables each team to make decisions when and where they are needed – based on facts, not opinions. With a flexible, user-friendly interface, our line performance solution enables full visibility of your manufacturing processes in real time, any time, onsite or remotely.


OEE Systems – Helping Achieve Manufacturing Excellence

Our OEE/Operational Efficiency solutions help manufacturers increase productivity, reduce downtime, improve equipment utilisation, enhance quality control,  improve efficient resource allocation and support overall operational excellence. By optimising changeovers and unlocking hidden capacity, our solutions empower factories to improve line performance in real-time and achieve manufacturing optimisation.

With the Harford OEE solution, you will achieve your business objectives easily:

  • increased output without further capital investment or additional labour, or
  • reduced use of resources (material & time) to achieve the same output

Accurate and Reliable Data 24/7

For any kind of production line performance analysis, we need data. The traditional way of manually recording downtime on a piece of paper only works to a certain extent, so why is paper so popular across the manufacturing industry?  Because it is easy and it’s cheap.  New test record needed at the end of the line?  No problem, another sheet of paper, and so on.

Easy and cheap as this is, it suffers a number of key weaknesses which are viewed as real show stoppers by those committed to cost effective and lasting improvements:

  • No operational discipline
  • No analysis
  • No visible summary of performance
  • No relevant action prompts
  • No traceability
  • No audit trail

OEE Data Analysis

Reporting accurate information in real-time is key to making the right decisions. We provide a wide range of standard reports with countless options to make them suit your exact needs for Overall Equipment Effectiveness reporting. The depth and breadth of Harford reporting are unrivalled.

Any data captured by the Harford system is automatically analysed, prioritised and made available in real-time so that you can take instant action to improve performance. Depending on preference, you can choose to view information as list (and export to MS Excel and other formats) or display it in a wide range of graphs and visuals.

OEE Improvement

Harford also provide a range of improvement tools, to make it even easier for you to make an impact on performance. From simple Pareto analyses to specialised improvement tools for cause-and-effect analysis, e.g. fishbone (Ishikawa) diagrams, to guiding problem-solving through a 5 Why process.

More Than OEE

Because we recognise how important each business is to its Board, shareholders, employees and, hopefully, most of all, its customers, we exist to help protect businesses from risk, reduce wastage and improve profit margins and to move them towards ‘world class’ levels. Though OEE is certainly the most popular, it is not the only measure and by far a perfect fit for all manufacturing operations.

Therefore, the Harford system includes a number of commonly used efficiency measurements and also provides reports that incorporate labour and other important factors, such as units per man hour, production cost per unit, conformance to plan and much more.

Solutions for FMCG, Food & Drink, Pharma & Health & Beauty Companies

Harford OEE and Operational Efficiency controls have been designed to satisfy a very wide range of industries including FMCG, Food & Beverage, Health & Beauty, Household, Toiletries, Confectionery, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, on the experiential understanding that, whilst the products and processing and very diverse, there are many similarities.  Put simplistically, they all buy raw materials and, via a number of steps, create finished packs for sale.  It is the whole process which interests us as controls will be needed from goods-in to despatch.  Every stage creates opportunities for wastage, efficiency improvements and mistakes to be made.  This is where Harford provides huge benefits to users in the minimisation of risk, consistently high quality, increased efficiency and the fastest ROI.

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Downtime Analysis

Identify causes of production interruptions using 5 Whys, Pareto, Fishbone (Ishikawa) diagrams, etc.

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Changeover Tracking

Monitor and optimize changeover processes to minimise downtime

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Short Interval Control

Real-time performance monitoring for timely operational adjustments

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OPC & Machine Integration

Seamlessly integrate with existing systems for data synchronisation

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Centerlining and Process Stabilisation

Establish optimal operating parameters for consistent results

Looking for improving efficiency for your factory?

Call us on: +44 (0) 1225 764461

Why Work with Harford Control?

Harford OEE/Operational Efficiency solutions not only provide real-time data but also turn data into actionable insights, empowering factories to achieve performance improvement. With real-time, actionable information at their fingertips, managers and operators can immediately take informed actions. We provide the granularity that you need to drill down to the root cause of downtime. Our OEE/Operational Efficiency solutions can be integrated into the overall Harford MIS/MES system.

The continuous development of our performance improvement systems for more than half a century keeps us at the leading edge of real time factory floor MIS/MES technology. No other single company has created such an impressively integrated set of production modules which so seamlessly work together to form the most comprehensive picture of factory performance.

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  • What is OEE in manufacturing?

    Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a performance metric that measures the efficiency and effectiveness of equipment or machines in a manufacturing process. It takes into account three key factors: availability (downtime and idle time), performance (speed and rate), and quality (defects and rework) to provide a comprehensive view of equipment performance. 

  • How is OEE calculated?

    OEE is calculated by multiplying the availability, performance, and quality factors together. The formula is OEE = Availability × Performance × Quality. Each factor is expressed as a percentage, and the resulting OEE score represents the overall equipment effectiveness as a percentage of the maximum possible output. 

  • What is the purpose of measuring OEE?

    Measuring OEE helps manufacturers understand the efficiency and productivity of their equipment. It provides insights into the actual performance compared to the ideal performance, identifies areas of improvement, and helps prioritize optimization efforts. OEE is a valuable tool for driving continuous improvement, reducing downtime, improving throughput, and maximizing equipment utilisation.

  • What are the benefits of improving OEE?

    Improving OEE leads to increased productivity, reduced downtime, and enhanced overall equipment performance. It helps manufacturers optimize resource utilization, identify and address bottlenecks, improve production efficiency, and maximize output. Improved OEE results in higher throughput, better product quality, and increased profitability for manufacturing operations. 

  • How can OEE be used for performance analysis?

    OEE serves as a key performance indicator (KPI) for performance analysis in manufacturing. It provides a quantitative measure of equipment efficiency and helps track performance over time. By analysing OEE data, manufacturers can identify trends, patterns, and areas of improvement to optimize equipment utilization, reduce losses, and enhance overall operational performance.

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