Total Productive Maintenance is a major element in Lean Manufacturing.
. As Lean Manufacturing teaches to reduce batch production
and lead times, it is critical that machinery operates as
intended without failure. The TPM discipline shows that machinery
should never or rarely “break down”, because the
equipment is kept in “new” condition. TPM is critical
in reducing or eliminating breakdowns, but is also vital to
reducing small stops from minor failures.
TPM increases Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). OEE measures
the overall effectiveness of machinery, which includes comparison
of actual speed versus theoretical, and machine run time versus
available time. If the machine is not available because of
maintenance, OEE is reduced.
Prior to TPM, in many industries, operators “ran”
the machine, and maintenance “fixed it”, or tried
to prevent failures through preventive maintenance. TPM involves
the operators of the machine working with maintenance and
management to keep machinery operating as it did when delivered,
often better. Operators in a total productive maintenance
system do much of the routine maintenance. This often includes
greasing the machine and changing wear items. Some companies
with effective TPM have operators doing almost all of the
maintenance on their equipment, thus freeing up the maintenance
staff for improvement activities. New operators work with
maintenance on all repairs to their machines until they are
able to perform the tasks themselves.
TPM is one of the most effective disciplines in a lean manufacturing
system. Producing without lead times and inventory demands
better maintenance of all equipment. Without excellent maintenance
systems, lean manufacturing systems will have problems.
Our online lean manufacturing course teaches the elements
of TPM and how to implement successfully immediately after
BPR’s lean manufacturing certification online courses
can be completed at your convenience 24/7. Simply log in and
begin the course. You can stop any time and come back to where
you left off. Once the course is successfully completed, the
certification will be mailed to you.