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    1) My company is moving toward TPM. I like the system, but have never helped implement one before. Can you recommend a good book on where to start, how to use a planned, systematic approach, mistakes to avoid and so on? Otherwise, I will probably start by working my way through the 8 pillars left to right. (Pedantic? Who said I was pedantic?)

    2) Also, is there any good reason NOT to start with Autonomous Maintenance (AM)? Upper management wants me to start with an overview to let people know what’s coming, then focus first on AM. I believe the idea is to get more employee involvement, and to keep the machines running better right away. Comments? Opinions?


    #656446 Reply

    Here is a graphic version of the 8 Pillars of TPM.

    #657338 Reply

    This is the told standard of what TPM is but strategy for implementing isn’t its focus.

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    Keep in mind there are two “TPMs” … the original Total Productive Maintenance and the modernized Total Productive Manufacturing. Total Productive Maintenance blurred the distinction between maintenance and production. In many organizations, there was limited impact beyond those two functions. As a result, most TPMaint implementations failed.

    Total Productive Manufacturing recognizes the entire organization must be involved. JIPM (Japanese Institute of Plant Maintenance … the key sponsoring organization for TPMaint) has largely picked up on this and increased their focus, but it’s not universal.

    Another consideration is the use of the term “autonomous maintenance.” Many organizations struggle with adoption from both operators and mechanics. From the operators, I hear words like “if you want me to do maintenance work, pay me like a mechanic.” On the other extreme, there are rumblings of “all you’re trying to do is replace the mechanics with the operators and pay them a lower wage.” There is also the inherent limitation of the words. We usually have to explain what is meant by autonomous … that’s simply an education issue and shouldn’t affect implementation. The limiting term however is using “maintenance.” On the surface, there is no focus on safety, quality, efficiencies, changeovers, timing, etc. Obviously, ideal monitoring checks would be preventive, predictive, and all encompassing. When we’re helping implement TPMfg, we simply refer to the monitoring initiative as Online Checks. Online Checks would then replace the Autonomous Maintenance pillar normally seen.

    Bottom line: depending on your location and level of support, you may want to fine-tune the approach, even to the point of calling it Total Productive Manufacturing.

    Hope that helps!

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    There are many books available, I found these ones useful:
    1. Introduction to TPM: Total Productive Maintenance (Preventative Maintenance Series) Hardcover – October, 1988 by Seiichi Nakajima (Author), Norman Bodek (Introduction)
    2. Total Productive Maintenance: Proven Strategies and Techniques to Keep Equipment Running at Maximum Efficiency (Mechanical Engineering) 1st Edition
    by Steve Borris (Author)
    3. TPM in Process Industries (Step-By-Step Approach to TPM Implementation) New edition Edition by Tokutaro Suzuki (Author).

    The Japanese Institute of Plant Maintenance are also a good source of progress made through their assessments and award program. See



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