Total Productive Maintenance

If Your Equipment Isn’t Available to Run at Full Capacity, Profit Maximization Efforts Will Fall Short.

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is the key to optimizing the productivity of all equipment used by a company throughout the life of these tools. The TPM process addresses both downtime and reliability. 

Lean manufacturing is the single most important methodology available to manufacturing operations to improve productivity across their entire business. The adoption of these principles will improve the company’s ability to compete, grow and be profitable.

What is total productive maintenance?

TPM is a building block and essential component in the process leading to a complete adoption of Lean for a manufacturing operation. It addresses the reliability of the equipment, especially in respect to worker productivity. Total productive maintenance is designed to keep every machine in top condition and ready to perform its necessary function at all times. In terms of Lean implementations, this is referred to as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). TPM also addresses the potential elimination of waste and develops a shared responsibility for equipment reliability and complete optimization of the workforce.

OEE equals (Availability) x (Performance Efficiency) x (Rate of Quality of Products).

The DVIRC Lean Manufacturing Team delivers a complete TPM program, covering everything from assessments to solutions. This group of industry professionals is certified through the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) with diverse professional and practical manufacturing and Lean experience. The four-step process from the DVIRC team will result in a final report that outlines the state of the equipment through a series of performance measurements and the steps that are needed in order to prompt a change in the process and yield improved performance.

Total Productive Maintenance has an extremely high rate of success concerning the improvement of equipment effectiveness, ownership productivity and maintenance, increased maintenance skills, more effective equipment maintenance, both in terms of preventative measures and immediate adjustments. According to the NIST, manufacturers will typically experience up to 65 percent OEE improvements, quality improvements up to 50 percent and maintenance expenditure reductions of up to 50 percent after implementing a TPM program.

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