Total Productive Maintenance

(TPM)

TPM is a holistic approach to maintenance which sets goals of (1) no breakdowns (2) no slow or reduced running (3) no product defects (4) no accidents. TPM shares responsibility for maintenance between equipment operators and maintenance technicians and engineers. The scope of TPM includes unscheduled maintenance prevention (through design or selection of easy-to-service equipment), equipment improvements, preventive maintenance, and predictive maintenance (determining when to replace components before they fail).