The driving force for a successful TPM process are the goals which include ensured capacity, a lifetime maintenance program, department support, employee involvement, small group activities, and continuous improvement. It is helpful to have a TPM champion who can manage the overall TPM process, provide training, and make sure the TPM process is effective. There is likely to culture shock as the evolution of change takes place with TPM. The stages for the TPM process include selecting a pilot area for the first TPM initiatives, performing preventative maintenance, performing predictive maintenance, computerizing the maintenance management system, and continuous improvement using the predictive maintenance data. The benchmark for success is the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) results that combine the quality output with the production rates and the equipment availability or uptime.
By Gary Conner
By George N Bullen FSME