Total Productive Maintenance is a
company-wide cultural change programme which involves all
levels of the workforce from the lowest level to the
upper management level to work toward a collaborative
relationship in focused activities that lead to change in
condition in process management as well as in all
functional areas of the organization. In other words, TPM
strives towards developing the organization through
improving the productive capacity as we developing the
capability of the workforce.
TPM achieves transformation through focused activities
that are to be practiced on a daily basis and as a way of
life . TPM forms a significant part of the organizational
development program in that it addresses the issue of
change conditions and employees skills development in a
systematic step-by-step manner.
While many of the theories and practices are not new,
TPM provides a structured approach with specific named
activities for step-by-step guided implementation
according to defined criteria.
Today, each focused activity has evolved into a body
of knowledge (BOK) with sophistication in its
implementation in practices, criteria assessment and
judgement. By BOK, we mean extensive and intensive
knowhow that must be learnt to assure success in each
type of TPM activity.
The TPM activities are popularly called Pillars in
Japanese. This is because strong pillars provide the
basic foundation for strengthening the nurturing the
enterprise in all weather conditions.
There are many pillars in TPM that you must pile.
Piling means you have to do some ground work and the
foundation work must be designed, learned, and worked
upon on a daily basis. Some of the pillars are more
important than others and their implementation will draw
upon resources to assure both time and energy from
current production-focused activities. Of course, this
implies that your resources must be "Doing the Right
Thing Right the First Time". Otherwise, time, money
and effort will not lead to the desired results that you
want to see.
The key is to be able to read deep into the
inter-relational role of each of the pillars and how to
tie them up with existing organization development
activities which are already in place. You cannot afford
to dismantle the castle you have already built ... they
are the pillars of your effort and your success.
Some of our Organization Development training
programmes (which are also available for in-house
trainng) are given in the Training Programmes Menu.