What is Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

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What is Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) 2016-08-26T13:01:17+00:00

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is one of the lean tools, and a concept of maintenance activities. It empowers the workers, as it involved the machine operators in the preventive maintenance of their machines.

Total Productive Maintenance Responsibility

Nearly all production processes are carried out with help of machines. So it should be given that there need to be focus on those to improve productivity. The main principle behind Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is that everyone feels responsible for maintenance and continuous improvement of machinery.

Total Productive Maintenance Awareness

When starting out with TPM, first step is to raise awareness of the hidden losses e.g. machine failure or machine setup. In an ideal situation we would have a loss free process; this is the case if the machine is running 100% of the time at maximum speed without producing defects.
Even though this is the target, in reality there will always be some kind of loss. The goal with Total Productive Maintenance is to gradually increase the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), constantly moving it towards the 100%.

Total Productive Maintenance Owner

Without Total Productive Maintenance it is often the situation where the operator runs the machine and the engineer repair it. With TPM it is a joint effort where operator and engineer as a team, share the responsibility to keep the machine running.
As a team they would look at problems that limit the OEE the most, and use problem solving activities to improve the efficiency. As they are implemented, OEE will be checked to validate if it have been improved.
This is just one of the pillars of Total Productive Maintenance; the other 7 are listed below.

  • Autonomous Maintenance: This is routine maintenance, such as cleaning, lubricating, and inspection.
  • Planned Maintenance: This is schedules maintenance tasks based on failure rates.
  • Quality Maintenance: Design error detection and prevention into production processes.
  • Early Equipment Management: Use knowledge and experience of equipment to improve the design of new equipment.
  • Training: Train all stakeholders to reach the goal of TPM.
  • Safety: Maintain a safe and healthy environment.
  • TPM in Management: Implement TPM principles to management functions.

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is one of the lean tools, if you found it interesting then our 5S Training might be of interest to you. It is usually the first step to take when starting out with lean, as it creates the foundation for further improvements to be implemented.

Alternatively you can continue to our Quality Training page to see some of the other types of training we provide.

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