History of Total Productive Maintenance
The origins of TPM are in the expansion of maintenance into a more comprehensive view with increased employee involvement. Equipment maintenance was formerly carried out by the operation. After work became more organized and specialized, preventive maintenance was turned over to specialists. This was typically a small group of highly trained individuals who could fix nearly any problem with the machine.
What is Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)?
TPM is a philosophy of manufacturing that focuses on the effective relationship of workers to equipment and the meaning and elimination of waste. Routine maintenance responsibilities are carried out by all employees through small group activities so troubles are identified by the employee before quality begins to suffer.
- Preventive Maintenance: Routine inspections, replacements, and repairs on a scheduled basis.
- Corrective Maintenance: Redesigning and/or modifying equipment to prevent breakdowns or simplify maintenance.
- Breakdown Maintenance: A plan enabling quick response to unscheduled breakdowns.
- Maintenance Prevention: Installing equipment that needs little maintenance.
TPM is a valuable tool when inspecting your facility and the following are found:
- Dirty equipment
- Buildup of raw material waste
- Tangled lines (electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic)
- Dismantling of equipment for inspections
For more information on total productive maintenance and how Juran can help you leverage it to improve business quality and productivity, please get in touch with the team.
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