TPM is an acronym for Total Productive Maintenance which is a system of coordinated group efforts for greater equipment effectiveness. Users & operators are responsible for the routine inspection, care, upkeep and minor repairs of their machines. Additionally, there is a maintenance staff who holds the responsibility for major upgrades, repairs, and maintenance. The maintenance staff also coaches the users and operators.
Elements of a Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) System
- Uses predictive and preventative maintenance to maximize equipment effectiveness.
- Engineering, operations, and management groups implement.
- Involves all employees from top to bottom.
- Operators update / maintain equipment autonomously.
How TPM is Used to Control the Improved Process
- Goal is to reduce or eliminate all waste, failures, defects, and loss due to equipment breakdown.
- Reports of post-TPM implementation of only 2% of regular breakdowns and 90% defect reduction.
- Fight the Big 6 losses:
- Equipment failure
- Set up and adjustment
- Idling and stopage
- Reduced speed
- Process defects
- Reduced yeild
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ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt Total Productive Maintenance Questions
Question: Which of the following is the best way to enhance the long-term availability of a machine?
(A) Machine repair
(B) Total productive maintenance
(C) Computerized SPC systems
(D) Increased operator training