Companies crave processes that create improvements in quality, costs, and productivity – at a speed that exceeds their competitors – to become a leader in their industry. Through the process of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), you can learn ways to reduce defects, decrease lost production time, and reduce material waste.
What is TPM?
TPM is a lean tool used for maintaining and improving the integrity of production and the quality of products through regular equipment maintenance. TPM help your business increase production processes, ultimately adding value to your organization.
How to apply TPM in your business?
The first pre-requisite to TPM is the 5S workplace organization - it’s important to have your workspace clean, and organized. Read more about how to create a Lean 5S workplace here.
- Total: Through skills and total participation of your workplace, TPM focuses on cultivating the overall success of the facility. To begin applying TPM concepts, the entire company must be onboard to recognize problems and come up with solutions that prevent downtime from breakdowns of equipment or machinery.
- Encourage the complete participation of your workforce by placing TPM Control Boards throughout your facility.
- Productive: In order to eliminate productive waste of time and resources, create small multidisciplinary teams to improve the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).OEE is part of the productivity improvement part of TPM and takes into account all losses – from availability, performance, and quality.
- Use TPM Inspection Sheet Pads to regularly inspect the condition of equipment and determine pro-active methods.
- Rate the condition of your equipment and communicate defects and action plans to eliminate issues in the future with TPM Blue Tags.
- Maintenance: TPM brings the need for daily scheduled maintenance into focus. The goal of TPM is clear - to keep emergency and unscheduled maintenance to a minimum – ultimately, resulting in more production hours. With TPM implemented in your workplace, running machines and equipment until they break down is part of the past. TPM places preventative maintenance at the heart of the organization.
- After performing scheduled maintenance on machinery or equipment, conduct a problem analysis, determine the root cause, and mark all details on TPM Problem Tags.
Why TPM works?
TPM will help you achieve the following S.M.A.R.T objectives:
- Save money by equipment and products meeting company standards.
- Manage a clean and organized workplace.
- Avoid product, material, and time waste in a rapidly changing economic environment.
- Reduce accidents and repairs.
- Teamwork and confidence among your employees through TPM processes.
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