What is TPM short for and how do you define TPM?

TPM stands for Total Productive Maintenance. It is a concept that creates a team-based system, which constantly aims to improve equipment effectiveness by focusing on proactive as well as preventative techniques for increasing plant and equipment reliability. It can be considered as the medical science of machinery, where the goal is to maintain and increase the production by keeping emergency, along with unscheduled maintenance, to a minimum and thereby to prevent machines from potential breakdowns.

How does TPM work?

TPM is a system of maintaining and improving the integrity of production along with quality systems through the machines, equipment, processes, and employees. The operators, maintenance people, engineers together with equipment suppliers and others who are working on the machines can be involved in the maintenance process, where they work together to improve the overall equipment effectiveness. The TPM strategy operates according to the idea that everyone in a facility should participate, as the concept of TPM as a whole aim to put those who are most familiar with the machines, they work with in charge of the maintenance of them.

What are the benefits of TPM?

First of all, by keeping an eye out for changes with the equipment, big issues will be spotted earlier and the maintenance team can go through with earlier check-ups on possible issues, rather than reacting to an emergency breakdown; hence the team will experience higher performance and fewer breakdowns.

With regular maintenance, technicians can spot problems ahead, and do their work without having to be under pressure. This means they are less likely to take potentially dangerous risks, as they otherwise do in rushed situations when trying to fix a breakdown.
Furthermore, if everyone is keeping an eye on maintenance, small fixes will be detected faster and the issue can get under control right away. This will take the pressure off the maintenance team, whereby they can concentrate on bigger errors, which will increase the overall performance of the business.

  1. Autonomous Maintenance
  2. Planned Maintenance
  3. Quality Maintenance
  4. Focused Improvement
  5. Early Equipment Management
  6. Education & Training
  7. Safety, Health & Environment
  8. TPM in Administration

TPM and OEE – How are they related?

OEE is short for Overall Equipment Effectiveness and is the main performance measure that drives action within TPM. This performance metric continuously measures the TPM, which seeks to improve processes and equipment through regulations in the TPM. OEE identifies the percentage of manufacturing time that is truly productive, and will indicate the efficiency of the production. It will measure the quality (the good parts that are manufactured), performance (time that is spend on each part) and availability (the ‘no stop time’ on the machines). By measuring OEE as well as the underlying losses, important insights will be available to successfully improve the Total Product Maintenance (TPM).

CMMS software in a TPM solution

Anyone who runs a business wants to make sure that everything runs as planned. Unnecessary accidents, product defects and failures are not welcomed, and therefore many businesses wisely choose to get a CMMS software installed. CMMS stands for Computerized Maintenance Management System, and is a software intended to support as well as make it simpler for businesses to implement TPM. The CMMS software aims to bring the general goals of TPM more easily into the hands of businesses, by simplifying data and turning TPM into something people can see and track on their computers, tablets etc.