8 Pillars of TPM is a set of strategic initiatives focusing on maintaining and improving production and quality systems through the machines, equipment, processes and employees that add value to an organization.

The eight pillars of TPM are mostly focused on proactive and preventative techniques for improving equipment reliability

The overall goal of a TPM program is to improve the integrity of production and the quality of products through regular equipment maintenance. Just think of TPM as preventative medicine for your machines and equipment – one that helps your business increase production processes

So how does TPM work?

With TPM implemented in your workplace, running equipment and machines until they break down is part of the past. Preventative maintenance allows your organization to focus more on production time, instead of wasting time on emergency and unscheduled repairs.

In order to improve the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and eliminate product waste, create small multidisciplinary teams to measure processes. OEE is part of the improvement step of process worth management and takes into account all losses – from availability, performance, and quality.

Tracking and collecting the OEE data is an integral component of the TPM process, as each collection aims to stop all defects, breakdowns, and stops.

The three questions to measure OEE are:

Availability – What is the percentage of time that a piece of equipment or a particular process is available for production, without downtime from breakdowns?

Performance – How well is the production process performing? Has the speed or efficiency of the equipment changed?

Quality – How many products were of good quality? Has the defect-rate of produce goods increased or decreased?

The eight pillars of TPM are mostly focused on proactive and preventive techniques for improving equipment reliability:

1. Continuous Improvement
-Applied elimination of major losses
2. Autonomous Maintenance
-Operator executes inspections, cleanings and
maintenance independence independently.
3. Preventive Maintenance
-Undisturbed machines and facilities produce faulty
goods for total customer satisfaction
4. Training and Education
-Tailored qualification of employees to improve their
abilities to operate and maintain etc