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Total Productive Maintenance [TPM]

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a philosophy, a set of principles, and specific practices aimed at improving manufacturing performance by improving the way that equipment is maintained.  It was developed in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s, based on preventative maintenance and productive maintenance (PM) practices developed in the United States.  But where PM is focused on the maintenance shop and on mechanics, TPM is team-based and involves all parts and all levels of the organization, including supervisors, plant managers, and perhaps most importantly, operators.  It drives toward autonomous maintenance, where the majority of maintenance is done by those closest to the equipment, the operators.  In this operating model, the maintenance group can now focus on equipment modifications and enhancements to improve reliability.” King, P.L., (2019). Lean for the Process Industries



Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a system of maintaining and improving the integrity of production, safety and quality systems through the machines, equipment, processes, and employees that add business value to an organization.

TPM focuses on keeping all equipment in top working condition to avoid breakdowns and delays in manufacturing processes.

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