What Is Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)?
Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a “Company Strategy” aiming at zero downtime in production processes, zero quality defects and zero work accidents, bringing autonomous maintenance responsibility to the operator with the participation of all employees, maximizing efficiency of the production system and equipments.
With the realization of TPM, significant financial gains are obtained as follows:
- Productivity increase
- Decreased failures
- Decrease in product defects
- Decrease in work accidents
- Decreased customer complaints
- Decrease in semi-finished good stocks
- Decrease in maintenance costs
- Increase in employee suggestions
The following gains of total productive maintenance (TPM), which cannot be measured, also contribute to the development of the company:
Which cannot be measured:
- As a result of autonomous maintenance activities, operators start to adopt their machines.
- The belief of “Zero Failure”, “Zero Work Accident”, “Zero Defect” becomes widespread.
- Cooperation between departments increases
- Information sharing becomes widespread
- The working environment becomes cleaner and tidy
As the total productive maintenance works begin to settle in the factory, machine operators become maintenance operators, and maintenance personnel become improver maintainers.
In other words, downtime is so reduced over time that maintenance workers now turn to jobs such as early equipment management and construction of new machinery / equipment instead of repairs.