Total Productive Maintenance is a manufacturing improvement method that increases production and reduces waste through continuous attention to the condition of machines and processes. It is a critical element for any successful lean enterprise that relies on production machines and equipment.
Part of the award-winning Manufacturing Insights video series, Total Productive Maintenance Blitz follows a cross-functional team from the Modern Drop Forge Company. Watch as team members immerse themselves in a four-day total productive maintenance kaizan event within a problematic manufacturing cell.
This program highlights how the team established which equipment to focus on, identified potential problems, determined the root causes for underperforming equipment, and then brainstormed improvement ideas. The team then quickly implement over 50 ideas, which resulted in the company saving over $50,000 per year by reducing production downtime by 50%, and scrap by 10%.
By Philip D Rufe, CMfgE
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