Total Productive Maintenance or TPM is a comprehensive, company wide approach that seeks not to simply fix problems when they arise, but instead to create a system that keeps equipment in optimal conditions at all times. This Lean manufacturing technique focuses on the relationship between the operators and their machines.
With Lean education and training, operators acquire a greater understanding of the equipment they use everyday, and are able to take greater command of maintenance activities. This improves conditions for both the operators and their equipment.
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It is important to remember that the goal of increasing equipment effectiveness is not simply to produce as much as possible, as fast as possible. TPM actually works best when it is incorporated into a Just-In-Time production system; one that only produces what is needed, when it is needed, and in the quantity needed based on customer demand. TPM ensures that equipment is available to produce what is needed, whenever it is needed, without defects, breakdowns, or accidents.
TPM is a challenging endeavor. It most often takes around 4 years to become fully implemented. Although it requires a long term company wide effort,
the positive transformation that TPM brings about is well worth the investment.