TPM Book. 1.Overview of TPM

(c) “TPM in Process Industries”. Edited by Tokutaro Suzuki

TPM is uniquely Japanese approach concerning automation combined with just-in-time production, stimulated interest in improving maintenance management. Called total productivity maintenance (involving all emploees). TPM first took root in automobile industry (Toyota, Nissan etc.) and then spread further.

Special features of Process Industries:

  • Diverse production systems
  • Use of static equipment
  • Centralized control and few operators
  • Diverse equipment-related problems
  • High energy consumption
  • Standby units and bypasses commonly used
  • High accident and pollution risk
  • Poor working environment
  • Shutdown maintenance

The Twelve New TPM Development Program Steps:

  1. Top management announces it’s decision to introduce TPM
  2. TPM introductory education
  3. Create TPM promotion organization
  4. Establish basic TPM policy and goals
  5. Draft a TPM master plan
  6. Kick-off TPM initiatives
  7. Focused improvement; Autonomus maintanace; Planned maintenace; Training
  8. Early Management
  9. Quality Management
  10. TPM administrative support departments
  11. Safety and Environmental management
  12. Sustaining TPM implementing and raising levels

to be continued…



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