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The Importance of Total Productive Maintenance

What is Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)?

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a system of maintaining and improving production, safety and quality systems of machinery in order to produce high-quality end results, valued by an organisation and its customers. The main objective of TPM is to increase the effectiveness of equipment

Result of this approach will:

  • Reduce breakdowns
  • Ensure there is no small stops or slow running
  • Reduce the total number of defects

Defects, breakdowns and disruptions to the running of equipment can mean big losses to a business so the use of TPM improves the effectiveness of production lines. In addition to these values, it supports the practice of a safe working environment.


To introduce a TPM system to any manufacturing environment, there are a series of steps to follow:

  1. Initial evaluation of TPM level
  2. Introductory Education and Propaganda (IEP) for TPM
  3. Formation of TPM committee
  4. Development of a master plan for TPM implementation
  5. Stage by stage training to the employees and stakeholders on all eight pillars of TPM
  6. Implementation preparation process
  7. Establishing the TPM policies and goals and development of a road map for TPM implementation

The foundation of TPM is “5S” and is itself an integral part of a lean manufacturing approach and continuous improvement.

Traditionally TPM has “8 Pillars” that focus on proactive and preventative techniques to improve the reliability of equipment. These pillars include autonomous and planned maintenance, placing more ownership of equipment maintenance in the hands of the operator and having a proactive approach to maintenance to achieve the desired approach.

The results of a successful TPM approach will ultimately be seen in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), which is tightly coupled with the TPM goals above.

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