A companywide approach to improving the effectiveness and longevity of equipment and machines, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a critical component of production line success. The need for a step-by-step guidelines on how to achieve TPM has been filled with the publication of The TPM Playbook: A Step-by-Step Guideline for the Lean Practitioner.
By: Gene Constant
TPM involves employees company wide in preventing equipment abnormalities and breakdowns. The first line of defense: equipment operators-the people most familiar with daily operating conditions. In addition to regular cleaning and inspection, team-based improvement activities make effective use of operators' hands-on knowledge.