What is TPM (Total Productive Maintenance)
Total Productive Maintenance is an element of Lean that integrates the care and maintenance of equipment (and processes) into the main stream of operations. Equipment performance needs to be consistent, at its design point and predictable. Just like the process that needs to be monitored and controlled to keep it within spec limits, so too does the equipment need to be monitored and fine-tuned to keep it operating at its required level of performance and reliability. Obviously there are subject matter experts to advise on machine conditions and refurbishments, but the maintenance of the equipment and the maintenance of the process are seen as one with the team responsible for both.