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Guide: How to Evaluate Overall Equipment Effectiveness for Sanitary Spiral Conveyors

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Regardless if you rinse, wash down, use dry steam, or run the belt through a water bath, maintaining a profitable food production line requires carrying out rigorous sanitation protocols between shifts. As sanitation regimes affect your system’s uptime, cleanability is a major factor to evaluate when deciding to invest in a new spiral conveyor system for your food production line.

 

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The best way to analyze any potential system is by determining the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). The calculation measures the availability, performance, and quality of the equipment where:

  • Availability – Includes both the planned and unplanned stops of the system with a score of up to 100% indicating the system has zero unplanned downtime during a production run
  • Performance – Relates to the cycle time required for a production line but factors in elements like small stops to accommodate other upstream or downstream processes.  A performance score of 100% means when the process is running it is running as fast as possible the entire time.
  • Quality – Indicates the scrap rate of items (or items requiring additional processing or manual intervention).  A quality score of 100% would indicate zero defects in individual products, only good parts are being produced.

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