TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) is nothing more than global maintenance. The main purpose of this concept is to ensure full availability of critical devices in production plants. The TPM model helps ensure flexibility, high quality and minimizes or completely eliminates the production of defective components. The elimination of production hazards in the TPM model is defined as the 3 * Zero principle:

  • Zero failure,
  • Zero defects,
  • Zero accidents.

There are six main losses in the functioning of machines:

  • Failures,
  • Downtime,
  • Start-up losses,
  • Retooling and maintenance,
  • Slowing down the machine,
  • Fixes.

Total Productive Maintenance, apart from the functioning and improving the operation of machines, focuses equally on people. To improve the effectiveness of maintenance, it is necessary to conduct employee training and constantly improve their qualifications. An investment in the knowledge of the staff often increases the responsibility for the duties performed. There are also other possibilities to help increase the efficiency of the maintenance department. At this point, mention should be made of systems supporting mechanics and engineers in their activities. The most commonly used solutions supporting employees include

  • CMMS systems ( Agility ),
  • MES systems,
  • ERP systems.