Make the operator responsible for your assets. So, learn more about TPM (Total Productive Maintenance)
TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) is a system strongly recommend to be applied in companies that make high use of machinery in their production. It has 8 pillars: Autonomous maintenance, specific improvement, planned maintenance, education and training, early management, quality maintenance, manufacturing support and, finally, safety, hygiene and environment. Its main ideal is that the participation and collaboration of all employees is essential to maximize production.
TPM’s objective is to obtain the highest efficiency from its assets and, with that, extend the life cycle of machines and equipment. However, its objective is not only to focus on the machines. He encourages the participation of the employees who operate them, as they are responsible for quality production.
Improvements in both machinery and human level should be valued. Trained professionals are able to perceive the level of criticality of the assets. In this scenario, these professionals can organize themselves to maintain the level of productivity.
A TPM program aims to keep equipment performing under the conditions defined by the manufacturer, similar to new equipment, with high performance and without breakdowns. This avoids problems in production process, such as productivity and quality losses, accidents, high maintenance costs, among others.
In this program, employees consider themselves “owners” of the equipment they operate, resulting in a greater care when using these tools. This makes possible to eliminate the forced deterioration of machines and stop the misuse of assets.
TPM stands out for encouraging and training employees to be responsible for cleaning and maintaining machines, making these tasks no longer performed by specialized teams, contributing to increased productivity. In addition, it encourages employees to become more proactive when faced with potential problems.
Creating this sense of collaboration at all hierarchical levels, especially on the shop floor, helps to face challenges such as lack of motivation and recognition of work. The participation of all operators contributes to the successful use of the Total Productive Maintenance technique.