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Computer/human integrated manufacture y

Figure 3.8 The future vision and impact on TPM

improvement. TPM is a practical application of total quality and empowerment working at the sharp end of the business - on your machines and processes.

It is useful to note here that the main trade union in the UK - the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU) - proactively pursues union/management partnership, where competitiveness is achieved and sustained '... through the knowledge worker in the knowledge-driven economy...'

Powerful stuff! And, furthermore, the AEEU sees the partnership benefits of TPM coming through the key points highlighted below in Figure 3.9.

• Increased profitability • Job stability

• Improved return on investment • Able to influence business direction

• Increased customer service • Responsibility

• Reduced site costs • More interesting job

• Enhanced local reputation • Improved earnings

• Attract group investment • Improved workplace

• Increased profitability • Job stability

• Improved return on investment • Able to influence business direction

• Increased customer service • Responsibility

• Reduced site costs • More interesting job

• Enhanced local reputation • Improved earnings

• Attract group investment • Improved workplace

Both Parties

• Excellent control and understanding of the business

• Excellent recognition and motivation

• All seeking to continuously improve and add value

Figure 3.9 Partnership benefits of TPM

All sixteen bullet points are again powerful statements, but perhaps the final one of 'all seeking to continuously improve and add value' is the key.

Setting the vision is all very well, but we must also quantify the vision and make sure it reflects our business drivers and business objectives. In Table 3.1 below is a typical illustration of clear, hard targets for which TPM is the enabling tool.

Table 3.1 TPM-related targets
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