• Autonomous maintenance. Operators are given a degree
of “ownership” of their equipment, with responsibility
for cleaning, lubricating, inspecting and other
• Planned maintenance. Unplanned stop time is
significantly reduced by scheduling maintenance tasks
based on predicted or measured failure rates.
• Quality maintenance. Quality defects are reduced by
designing error detection into production processes,
and applying root cause analysis to eliminate recurring
sources of defects.
• Focused improvement. Small cross-functional teams
work together to achieve continuous improvement in
• Early equipment management. New equipment reaches
planned performance levels much faster since knowledge
gained through TPM was used to improve its design.
• Training and education. Everyone fills in knowledge
gaps to achieve TPM goals. Operators develop
maintenance and inspection skills; maintenance personnel
learn proactive and preventive techniques; and managers
focus on TPM principles, as well as on employee
coaching and development.
• Safety, health, and environment. Potential health and
safety risks are eliminated, leading to the goal of an
• TPM in administration. Extends TPM benefits beyond
the plant floor by addressing waste in administrative
functions such as order processing, procurement
Having an asset management program in place means there
is already some form of preventive maintenance, which is
extending asset life and reducing unexpected downtime, while
increasing safety. Deploying the software on mobile devices
or a maintenance kiosk gives technicians the ability to take
ownership of routine maintenance in a way that works for
them on the job.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIo T) plays a role here as
well. IIo T devices gather data from multiple sources such as
equipment, computers, vehicles, mobile devices and building
automation systems. Multiple meters can be placed on critical
equipment — just as a hospital patient is monitored for pulse,
respiration and other important indicators. Asset management
software will analyze the IIoT data and automate work orders
based on specified alerts.
The result of TPM + EAM + IIo T? Better decision making,
greater accuracy, improved safety, increased uptime and a
more involved workforce.
Kevin Price is the Technical Product Evangelist at
SPRAYON™ ELECTRICAL CLEANERS
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