Why Timely Maintenance is Important
The importance of an effective maintenance program for your factory or office site cannot be overlooked. A facility or machine that is not working is not paying for itself. If it is performing below the capacity we require, we are losing time and money. The main purpose of regular maintenance is to ensure that all equipment required for production is operating at 100% efficiency at all times.
The Cost of Maintenance
The cost of regular maintenance is very small when it is compared to the cost of a major breakdown. It is when the small steps are ignored that the damage becomes severe and your equipment will need a major and costly overhaul or replacement.
What is an Effective Maintenance Program?
Many organizations follow a haphazard approach to maintenance. This is where the engineers or mechanics are left to decide on their own what should be maintained. As the facility ages, equipment begin to fail and require emergency repairs. After a while, the emergency repairs become regular features of daily operations. The business is now one short step to closing down permanently.
An effective maintenance program needs to be developed and implemented if we want to reduce waste and run an efficient, continuous, and profitable manufacturing operation, business, or service operation. Through short daily inspections, cleaning, lubricating, and making minor adjustments, minor problems can be detected early and corrected before they become a major problem that can shut down your operations.
A good maintenance program requires that everyone in the organization participates. It needs to be supported by everyone from the top executives to the shop floor and warehouse personnel.
TPM as a Strategy for Maintenance
TPM is a production management method which has been developed in Japan over the past few decades. TPM stands for Total Productive Management and aims for:
- No Accidents
- No Breakdowns
- No Small Stops
- No Slow Running
- No Defects
With production at its centre, TPM has evolved into a program which encompasses nearly all aspects of a company’s operations from production to the support offices. TPM creates a corporate culture which constantly strives to eliminate loss through overlapping small group activities within the site.
TPM is now implemented world-wide as a primary strategy for the maintenance of many of the world’s largest and most profitable operations.
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