TPM®: Total Productive Maintenance

The production management system with capital intensive business organizations

In process or capital intensive companies, where plants and machinery do contribute significantly to the production process, the improvement activities are often associated with substantial investments and the use of external expertise. Else, they are rerely carried out by companies.

In many cases the efficiency levels are low or it may seem impossible to make them even slightly better. The TPM® (international trademark registered by our sister company JIPM) shows a different way to obtain excellent results in such cases:
– focusing on production processes,
– integrating the jobs of a numeber of corporate bodies
– involving all the company’s people.

TPM® is a methodology conceived and formalized by Seiichi Nakajima, a honoured consultant with JIPM – Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance). THe JIPM belongs to the JMA (Japan Management Association) group, of which JMAC Europe is a member.

The method is applicable to pharmaceutical, food, chemical, electronic and mechanical metal companies and many other sectors. Furthermore, the concepts and the path developed by TPM® can be applied to service suppliers using equipment: transportation companies, companies offering technical assistance in aftersales services, etc.

Our experience is pan-European and crosswise most processes of  the indutries stated above.

The methodology provides for different improvement paths (called “Pillars”), gradual and systematic that can be taken as a reference by the entire orgnization structure for achieving stable and efficient results. The phases in which JMAC supports the customer are the following:

  • Policy Deployment and master plan drawing up
  • Introduction and roll-out of the pillars
    • Focused Improvement: continuous improvement of the production processes based on kaizen
    • Autonomous Maintenance: the correct management of the equipment by the operators
    • Planned Maintenance: the correct management of the equipment by the mainteners 
    • Quality Maintenance:  continuous improvement and zero defects by preventing from deterioration
    • Education & Training: management of business skills and involvement of people
    • Initial Phase Control : mprovement of the industrialization process of new products and machinery
    • Office TPM : efficiency and improvement applied in staff offices
    • Safety & environment: management of safety and energy waste
  • Follow-up of the activities started and assisting the operational teams
  • Alignment and auditing
  • Training on methodologies and tools for improvement.