Traditionally, maintenance has always been viewed more as a supporting function versus a non-value adding function of a business or organization. Until recent years, managing equipment performance has not been the biggest priority in a manufacturing industry. The adverse affects of the organizational competitiveness among aeronautical manufacturers today are often blamed on that of the inadequacies of the maintenance practices in the past. So to counter this, companies are paying more attention than ever to the maintenance practices that they conduct. This is easier said than done considering the fact that the global sector of aeronautical manufacturing has undergone massive changes within the past quarter century. Aeronautical manufacturers have accepted the fact that equipment maintenance, in addition to general aircraft maintenance, is an indispensable function for ensuring the sustained profitability of the entire enterprise. With that said, the search for reliable manufacturing equipment, in addition to the maintenance to go along with it, is of the utmost importance.
Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is based on the foundation of JIPM, Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance. JIPM has evolved from a solution to the globalization challenges and energy crisis of the early 2000’s to achieve more with less.
The achievements of manufacturing an enterprise through the strategies and implementations of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) initiatives are clear if studying a company that follows these practices and one that does not. The goal of TPM is to have no equipment breakdowns, through part replacement programs, before failure. This is attainable if implemented correctly and effectively.