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Total Productive Maintenance leads to greater productivity

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a transparent improvement method that consists of several steps. Concretely, it increases productivity by optimising the availability of your machinery. The Overall Equipment Effectiveness of your machinery, or simply OEE , is improved by small, multidisciplinary teams. TPM requires great involvement from your staff. It therefore comes as no surprise that it can be used as the foundation for a World Class programme. At a later stage, Lean and Six Sigma elements can also be introduced. TPM is sometimes even used as a starting condition for Lean.

Identify problems & find solutions

The basis for any efficient manufacturing company is a well-oiled machine park. Without a solid, well-functioning production unit it is virtually impossible to have just-in-time production, i.e. a production process without too many intermediate stocks. A full TPM implementation generally takes about five years. In the first phase, teams are formed with staff members from various departments. One of the teams’ first tasks is to determine the current Overall Equipment Effectiveness. Based on this, the reasons for productivity losses are identified. Subsequently, a problem-solving approach is developed and implemented. Finally, the situation on the shop floor is monitored to check how the problem is being dealt with.


Advantages of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

The introduction of the TPM method offers the following advantages:
  • A productivity boost (up to 70%)
  • Considerably higher effective production time
  • Better product quality
  • Significant cost reduction (up to 30%)
  • Fewer maintenance interventions required

Real-time insights into machine performance

Total Productive Maintenance is based on the principle that everybody should feel responsible for the machine park maintenance. The term ‘maintenance’ also refers to ‘progress’ and ‘improvement’. The TPM philosophy states that machines function the worst immediately after they have been purchased. TPM aims to systematically identify and report (hidden) faults, so that improvements can be made permanently. The ultimate goal of TPM is to gradually increase the OEE for every machine. MyPlantFloor  by Agilitec gives you and your staff a (real-time) insight into the performance of your machines, operators and production lines. Contact us for more information  without obligation, or watch the demonstration .