The TPM improvement plan

TPM is about maximizing the overall effectiveness of equipment through the people who operate and maintain that equipment. In order to provide the essential link between equipment and people it is essential to identify a clear set of phases and steps which together make up the TPM improvement plan. As outlined in Chapter 3, there are three phases to the plan:

• The measurement cycle, which assesses the present effectiveness of the equipment and provides a baseline for the measurement of future improvement.

• The condition cycle, which establishes the present condition of the equipment and identifies the areas for improvement and future asset care.

• The problem prevention cycle, which moves equipment effectiveness forward along the road to world-class performance.

For convenience, Figure 5.1 repeats Figure 3.6.

Throughout the TPM improvement plan five themes prevail, as discussed in Chapter 3.

The measurement cycle

Collect equipment history & performance information

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