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Total Productive Maintenance

Are you looking for an extremely effective means of caring for an improving equipment and production systems?

You just found TPM...


 

TPM is accomplished by taking corrective action to eliminate breakdowns and increase throughput by involving the entire workforce in day-to-day activities.  Companies, which thoroughly implement TPM, succeed in reducing breakdowns to almost 1/100th and defects to almost 1/40th of their original levels, while accidents and incidents are totally eliminated.

 

TPM required change


  • Traditional attitudes towards specialization must change

  • Function and quality of equipment must change

  • Operators must change their mind set

  • Maintenance personnel must change and grow

  • A training system is needed to upgrade the skill sets of 
    both maintenance and production

  • The workplace must change  

 

Two main goals of TPM    


  1. Develop optimal conditions for the human-machine system

  2. Improve the overall quality of the workplace

 

Autonomous Maintenance


Natural deterioration is the normal wear-out of equipment that occurs in spite of proper

use and maintenance.  Everything has a life cycle, which will end in spite of all attempts to prevent it.

Accelerated deterioration is caused by human factors and occurs over a much shorter period of time.  It usually results from neglect of important equipment needs like cleaning, lubrication or bolting.  TPM reverses the effects of accelerated deterioration.

 

One of the characteristics of TPM is that the production department participates in machine maintenance through activities of autonomous equipment operators.  In TPM every operator is responsible for maintaining his or her own equipment.  This is known as autonomous maintenance.