Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a system to maintain and improve the integrity of production processes to maximize productivity. Learn how to fully integrate the maintenance of machines and equipment into the manufacturing process for more efficiency with our TPM resources.


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Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

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What is the difference between TPM and TQM?

Total productive maintenance and total quality management are two terms often used interchangeably when talking about Lean manufacturing. While the two programs do share a number of similarities, they are… 

How can I use visual communication in TPM?

When total productive maintenance is used in a facility, operators are trained to perform preventive and routine maintenance on the machines they work with every day. Operators should be trained… 

What are the objectives of TPM?

Total productive maintenance is comprised of three things: objectives, goals, and tools/tactics. Like any other Lean manufacturing strategy, TPM aims to impact production, waste, and employee morale. However, it's objectives… 

What are the steps to implementing TPM?

Total productive maintenance is a strategy that must be carried out in a number of steps. Different organizations will have different needs for their specific TPM program, but the following… 

How is TPM and Lean related?

The goal of Lean manufacturing is to systematically minimize and eliminate wastes within the manufacturing process will maximizing efficiency. To achieve this, Lean offers a number of tools and strategies,… 

What are some tools of TPM?

Total productive maintenance aims to improve productivity in the workplace and reduce waste through its eight different pillars, a tall order! There are tools available however, that are designed to… 

How does TPM relate to OEE?

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is a Lean term you will often see associated with TPM and is considered a manufacturing best practice. OEE drives action within total productive maintenance and… 

Who developed TPM?

There is no concrete answer as to who first coined the term total productive maintenance and when it was first used; some say it is derived from American manufacturers decades… 

What are the pillars of TPM?

Total productive maintenance consists of eight primary concepts, also referred to as the 8 Pillars of TPM. These concepts are preventive in nature and empower employees to be proactive with… 

What does TPM stand for?

Lengthy delays occur and valuable resources are wasted when a machine or piece of equipment is always on the fritz, costing an organization big time. Total productive maintenance, or TPM,… 

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