Total productive maintenance (TPM) is an equipment management strategy that began in the 1960s and involves a partnership with production, maintenance, engineering, and technical services. The backbone of TPM is the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) metric for continuous improvement. There are five pillars of TPM and specific goals and objectives. The Productivity Pyramid shows the interaction of total employee involvement (TEI), total quality management (TQM), just-in-time (JIT), and total productive maintenance (TPM). TPM can lead to a competitive advantage by combining the continuous improvement process to jointly include quality results, throughput, and equipment availability.
By Gary Conner
By George N Bullen FSME