Is your business looking for a Lean approach to equipment maintenance? Or are you looking to increase the OEE of your plant? Then look no further than total productive maintenance. Total productive maintenance, or TPM, is a holistic and comprehensive manufacturing concept that works to improve productivity by reducing defects, downtime, and speed losses while also promoting a safe and organized working environment.
TPM can often be a tricky Lean strategy to implement, and in this Q&A section we hope to answer any questions you may have. Explore how to use other Lean tools alongside total productive maintenance and find some helpful tips for starting your own company-wide TPM program! Some of the things we will go over in this section include:
- The eight pillars of TPM: TPM consists of eight strategies (or pillars) that ensure equipment is consistently maintained and inspected by instilling a sense of responsibility for equipment in all employees.
- How to implement TPM: Learn how to implement TPM in your facility by gaining everyone’s participation, training, and establishing a target plan for your facility.
- Useful tools: TPM mainly utilizes visual tools to help remind employees when the right time to perform maintenance on equipment is. We will go into depth and provide options for these necessary tools.
The above are just a handful of the most common questions about TPM to get you started on your Lean maintenance journey.
TPM Questions and Answers
- How are TPM and Lean related?
- How can I use visual communication in TPM?
- How does TPM relate to OEE?
- What are some tools of TPM?
- What are the objectives of TPM?
- What are the pillars of TPM?
- What are the steps to implementing TPM?
- What does TPM stand for?
- What is OEE?
- What is the difference between TPM and TQM?
- Who developed TPM?