TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) applies a series of techniques that ensure equipment is always available to turn out products of the desired quality at their maximum capacity or, in other words, to maximize the OEE (overall equipment effectiveness).
It implies improving production and quality systems through the machines, equipment, processes, and employees involved. Companies around the world that seek operational excellence in manufacturing by eliminating the Six Big Losses benefit from TPM implementation.
For the implementation of TPM, it is necessary to comply with some basic conditions
The availability and accessibility of reliable shop-floor data plays a fundamental role in the involvement of personnel. The performance data by team, product, and work shift—as well as knowledge of statistics regarding (unscheduled) production stops—will motivate the staff to participate and propose solutions for each of the opportunities for improvement.
With progressing empowerment and autonomy, the staff begins to feel ownership of their work, an important element to promote the involvement of the personnel.
A production monitoring system that provides the OEE indications helps users to know the productive efficiency of the equipment. This equips them for direct work on the Six Big Losses based on the three OEE-parameters: availability, performance, and quality.
Additionally, reliable stop statistics obtained from a production monitoring system allows users to establish, through probabilistic and statistical models, in which phase of the life cycle the equipment is. The idea is to work with the bathtub curve, considering 3 periods: initial or premature failures, constant or accidental failures, and faults by wear or aging, in order to establish the most appropriate maintenance strategy.
M-Box shop-floor monitoring provides the necessary data to drive involvement, analyze the OEE, and select the most appropriate maintenance strategy to make TPM a success. It is the most direct path to World Class Manufacturing.