Customer question: The planning factor in OEE, what is it?

Customer question: The planning factor in OEE, what is it?

In Cierpa OEE you can view the planning factor in the standard report (via Show details). However, what does that number mean and how can you use it?

What will the planning factor tell you?

The planning factor shows you how much time the factory was closed, or planned out. The machine readout gives you theoretical availability and net availability, or actual use of the machine.
For instance, it’s possible that a machine won’t be used during nighttime, which makes total availability 24 hours and net availability 16 hours. The ratio between these numbers is the planning factor. The planning factor is a percentage, in this case, 66%.

OEE uses net hour availability, not total availability. OEE doesn’t take the unplanned part into account. The focus is on improving actual production.  So when OEE cannot be improved anymore but production needs to be better? Then it’s time to look at the planning factor.

How to improve your planning factor

Suppose the planning factor is 66%. And the machine was in use 2/3 of the time. You want to raise productivity? Raise the working hours and increase the planning factor.

More questions? Please contact us! Cierpa customers can also view a planning factor video in our online learning center. Please contact support to gain access!


Cierpa Software enables you to improve your organization continuously. LEAN manufacturing changes your work floor processes towards better and faster results and ultimately reduces any waste. With our LEAN software for companies, it’s possible to manage this ongoing process quickly and easily. Our Cierpa improvement consultants can also offer help.

Techniques and methods like 5S audit, Kaizen, OEE and the underlying LEAN thought principles are at the very core of our software suite. With Cierpa OEE, Cierpa Kaizen, Cierpa Quality, Cierpa Competence and Cierpa Assessment, Cierpa Software really speeds up all your improvement processes!

More news & tips on 5s, OEE and Kaizen?
Please subscribe to our newsletter! (approx. 6 times per year in dutch)