Chapter 13

Total Productive Maintenance


The revival of the 16th century practice of the machine operator himself doing the routine machine maintenance is one of the most significant steps in lifting up the quality of production. The operator feels responsible not only for the output and quality of his output, but also for proper working of his machine. This also motivates him to take part wholeheartedly in the quality circle meetings and put forward his suggestions for the improvement of machine performance. This modern practice is aptly called Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). This chapter discusses the history of the development of this concept and highlights its various aspects in relation to the TPM philosophy, which is an ...

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