Production downtime

What is production downtime?

Production downtime is when a machine or system isn’t working. It can be caused by various things, like an outage, human error, or a software issue. Production downtime can be avoided in most cases if you have proper backup and recovery strategies.

What causes production downtime?

Production downtime can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Human error (the most common cause of production downtime)
  • System failure
  • Natural disasters
  • Equipment failure or damage to machinery or other equipment used
  • Software failure or a bug when using software applications in production processes

How is production downtime tracked?

There are different ways to track downtime:

  1. By cause: You can track downtime by the specific cause. This would include things like defective parts or machinery, human error, weather damage, etc. It's important to note that tracking by cause does not include planned downtime due to maintenance or upgrades; those should be tracked separately from unplanned losses.
  2. By severity: You can also track downtime based on how severe it is, meaning what percentage of your production capacity has been affected by the outage? For example, if you have one production line working at 100% efficiency and another down for 48 hours with minimal impact on output, then only 10% of your capabilities were impacted. The same scenario would have a much higher impact if both lines were offline at once due to some catastrophic failure that prevented any output during that period.

What KPIs are specific to track for production downtime?

KPIs specific to production downtime include:

  • Downtime per hour
  • Downtime per month
  • Downtime per year
  • Downtime per day, week, and quarter

How is production downtime calculated?

Production downtime can be measured in several ways. You can calculate it by dividing the total number of minutes your production lines were idle during the year by the total hours in a year (8,760). You could also use this formula:

Total hours of downtime / total hours worked = % of time lost due to downtime

Total hours of downtime divided by total hours worked = percent of time lost due to downtime

This calculation provides a more accurate picture of how much money your company may have lost due to production downtime.

Why is it important to track production downtime?

Production downtime is important to track because it helps you manage current downtime, prevent future downtime, improve customer and employee satisfaction, and increase business efficiency.

How do you prevent production downtime?

To prevent production downtime, you should:

  1. Use a monitoring tool to track production downtime like a CMMS.
  2. Make sure you have a good backup and recovery plan.
  3. Use a remote control system to monitor production without disrupting the environment further.

What are some tips to keep in mind with production downtime?

  • Keep the machine clean, well-maintained, calibrated, and lubricated.
  • Ensure that your machine is properly adjusted and aligned.
  • Position your machine so that it's accessible for adjustments when you need them.
  • Develop a preventative maintenance plan and strategy to avoid any downtime in the future.

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Production downtime can have a large effect on a business, and it's important to track it properly

Production downtime should never be taken lightly, and there are ways to prevent it from happening (or at least make sure things are going smoothly). By taking action before production downtime occurs, you'll ensure that any potential issues will be caught before they become problems.

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