If you’re finding lean manufacturing to be a bit overwhelming, it can help to separate the process into parts. Once you improve one aspect of production, it becomes easier to widen your focus to the rest of it. One place to consider starting is Total Productive Maintenance.
TPM is part of a quality management system that has been enveloped by lean manufacturing strategies. It maintains and improves production and quality systems by focusing on the processes, machines, equipment, and employees that add value to the product. In return, plant and equipment productivity are increased with only a modest investment in maintenance. According to this article, TPM “Enhance(s) the volume of the production, employee morale and job satisfaction.”
TPM aims to increase the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) in the plant. The basic formula for OEE is:
Performance x Availability X Quality = OEE.
Each factor in this equation accounts for two losses each. They are:
Performance – minor stops; running at a reduced speed
Availability – product changeover; breakdowns
Quality – running rejects; startup rejects
By identifying the losses, you address the causes of accelerated deterioration. When you empower teams to self-manage and problem solve, you create ownership between operators and equipment. The teams follow a list of priorities to proactively and preventatively improve equipment reliability:
- Focused improvement
- Autonomous maintenance
- Planned maintenance
- Quality maintenance
- Cost deployment
- Early equipment management
- Training and education
- Safety health environment
TPM also focuses on five cornerstones to keep equipment in top working condition:
- The product
- Processes allowing the product to be produced
- The organization providing the environment conducive to a working process
- The organization’s guiding leadership
- The entire organization’s commitment to excellence
As you can see, TPM involves the entire organization, from top leadership to the end product. This is a great foundation for adopting other lean concepts. Within it, employees are accountable for maintaining and operating the equipment so that breakdowns and delays are avoided. The process both gets employees invested in Continuous Improvement and increases productivity of the plant.
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