Figure 7.2 Scoping study process

The principles and philosophy of TPM are well proven. The key is to tailor the TPM suit of clothes to fit the body or plant. If you force your body into the 'off the peg' TPM suit of clothes, it will probably not fit at all well. The tailoring of the suit, however, is not corrupted so much that it becomes unrecognizable as a suit of clothes: the founding principles and pillars of TPM are still valid.

Another way of considering the scoping study is to think of TPM as a human heart: in a successful heart transplant, if you don't match it to the patient, you get rejection!

The objectives of the plant-specific scoping study are to:

• set down precisely how TPM will help achieve the business drivers and fit with other initiatives;

• assess equipment losses for potential improvement;

• carry out a cost/benefit appraisal;

• assess people perceptions and readiness for the TPM programme;

• identify TPM pilot opportunities and priorities;

• identify the critical success factors and how TPM will fit;

• develop a site roll-out approach;

• develop implementation and training plans to cover:

- potential pilot(s)

- likely benefits from pilots (plus potential for site-wide TPM)

- team size and membership

- key contact membership and roles

- logistics and resources plus costs

- initial awareness, communication and training plan plus timing

- TPM facilitator support requirements plus training

- TPM Steering Group membership and terms of reference

- TPM pillar champions

As an example of Step 1 in the scoping study process, Figure 7.3 shows the potential impact of TPM on this company's vision of the year 2002.

Figure 7.4 articulates how TPM will provide the mortar between the other building blocks already in place at this company as their 'site improvement strategy for sustainable growth'.

The second stage in Figure 7.2 is to assess people's perceptions and feelings. What people think is what matters. Whether we agree with their perceptions is neither here nor there. If somebody has a so-called 'negative attribute', then it is our belief that they have a perfect God-given right to feel that way, because something or someone has made them feel that way. Our collective responsibility is to turn that negative energy into something positive.

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