Total Productive Maintenance

As a member of the C-suite, it’s important that you’re always working to prevent problems from occurring in your business that may have negative repercussions when it comes to meeting your short-term and long-term goals.

Just like the captain of the ship who ensures that the passengers reach their destination without hitting any icebergs, the CEO, CFO, or CMO is responsible for ensuring that every employee has the tools and knowledge to achieve their goals. Especially for manufacturing plants or businesses that rely on a lot of computers or other technology, maintaining these tools can be central to your company’s overall growth and success. This is where the concept of Total Productive Maintenance, commonly shortened to TPM, comes in.

Total Productive Maintenance is an approach to managing your equipment in order to prioritize equipment reliability and avoid costly defects or breakdowns that can hurt your production process. Rather than responding to problems as they arise—reactive maintenance—TPM allows you to have a game plan that goes above and beyond routine maintenance and ultimately keeps the manufacturing process and overall equipment effectiveness much more functional. Keep reading to learn more about TPM and how it could help your company reduce downtime and increase productivity.

The 5 Pillars of TPM

In order to ensure that your manufacturing process runs smoothly, it’s important to have a clear strategy for addressing and communicating maintenance tasks and maintenance activities. This is where a lean manufacturing approach like the TPM program can become incredible helpful. The pillars that comprise TPM are often referred to as the 5S foundation. This is because each TPM pillar starts with the letter “S.” The 5S’s of TPM that you should look to engender in your team in order to fully embrace the TPM program are sort, separate, shine, standardize, and sustain. While initiating these steps in your company can’t guarantee that you won’t have zero accidents, they will help you create a work environment where productivity loss isn’t a common concern and ensure that preventive maintenance and proactive maintenance around your most important piece of equipment is handled in such a way as to mitigate any major loss that a decrease in production time might cause.

How TPM Can Help Your Company

Only thinking about your maintenance staff and maintenance technicians as a way to react to problems is a terrible way to run your business. No machine is going to run with zero defects, no matter how new it is, and if equipment operation and equipment availability are critical to your company’s success, then your maintenance technicians should be, too. By adopting the TPM process and working to execute TPM implementation, you’re able to empower your team to better tackle equipment maintenance, leverage data to ensure that your schedule is aligned with the proper preventive techniques and a common-sense predictive maintenance schedule, and properly budget for new equipment based on what your reliability engineers are saying. All of this doesn’t just reduce upkeep costs and increase productivity, but it also ensures that a quality issue doesn’t turn into a problem that creates a dangerous place to work. Thus, the TPM process can boost your profit while also promoting a more safe working environment.

How to Integrate TPM for Perfect Production

In order to fully embrace TPM implementation you need to fully understand the TPM concepts and what your business’ TPM goals should be. The best way to learn more about the TPM program is to have top management attend a training or workshop to learn more about the implementation process. There are plenty of qualified consultants who are quite familiar with the goals of TPM and can help you come up with all of the tasks necessary to complete in order to create a more profitable, safer workplace with less unplanned downtime.

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