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is now incorporated as a routine part of asset care in Figure 5.25. The key point is that the operators and maintainors have developed these asset care routines on the basis that 'If it's my idea, 1 will stick with it'.

The nine-step improvement plan provides a comprehensive analysis toolbox capable of reducing sporadic losses to zero, providing the appropriate infrastructure is in place. This infrastructure must include a continuous drive to reduce chronic losses by striving for optimum conditions. Not only does this keep people motivated to carry out the essential routine tasks, it provides progressively higher company competence to direct towards improved customer services.

The progressive implementation of front-line asset care and preventive maintenance provides the improvement /.one partnership to deliver such improvement. If the nine-step improvement plan provides the answer to what is required, then the improvement zone implementation process provides the answer to how it is to be delivered. The how, where and when of this is part of management's role in 'creating the environment' for TPM (discussed in Chapter 8).

5.3 Problem prevention cycle Step 8 Best practice routines

Following the restoration of equipment and development of asset care, the next step brings together all of the practices developed for operating,

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