A key tool for enabling an organization is Asset Utilization, a measure of actual production versus the ideal achievable with those assets. Asset Utilization (AU) differs from Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) in that it naturally measures process-wide losses, excludes nothing and ties out to actual production performance and business impact.
After over than a decade of experience in operational excellence at Hercules, Brown founded MxStrategies, offering MxMax Productivity™ which affords instant global visibility of production performance. “We devised means to ‘institutionalize’ progress, where tomorrow always builds on the progress of today—honed by our experience in driving sustainable long-term improvement,” says Brown, Founder and President of MxStrategies. MxMax™ benchmarks each shift or batch to the best. It effectively engages the operator in accounting for loss reasons (including downtime, rate reductions, rework/recycle, cycle time delays, and batch size reductions). Supervision checks accuracy/root cause and engineering analyzes the results. MxMax removes non-value-added administrative and reporting activities from the engineer and efficiently engages production floor personnel in their area of expertise. It provides information of sufficient granularity to quantify and confirm improvement opportunities.
We devised means to ‘institutionalize’ progress, where tomorrow always builds on the progress of today
MxStrategies shared several case studies with us of customers’ experience with MxMax™; one from Belgium, one from Germany and one from the US. One example showed a two-year improvement, each exceeding 20 percent. Two were of more recent customers, who upon implementation quickly realized advantages over their prior systems. Internal systems prove difficult to maintain for the long term, and spreadsheets take much more engineer’s time than companies realize. In both cases, the site quickly found substantial improvement opportunities that were not evident using their prior system.
MxMax™ is currently configured in eight languages and has been implemented on five continents. MxStrategies has plans to expand further into pharmaceutical production and mining, both being industries positioned to gain from manufacturing excellence. But its core focus is on existing customers. Ensuring their success feeds the continuous improvement of the product. Because MxMax™ is a cloud based service, all customers benefit not only from responsive customer service but also from having instant access to every improvement made to their subscribed modules.