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TPM Chapter 1 - It's a Culture

In my introductory blog about TPM, I mentioned that the path to implementing TPM is a challenging one and to my knowledge it fares better than the other management concepts. The reason why I say that is simple: TPM is a cultural change.
A cultural change requires a combined effort from all the departments in the organization but the most important support required is from the Top Management. Top Management can be the biggest obstacle in the implementation of TPM. If they understand the importance of TPM and its benefits, the journey becomes a tad bit easier. But the challenge still remains as the mindset of the managers & the middle managers need to be changed. One needs to sit with all the managers and middle managers and make them understand the importance of implementing TPM in our organization and asking for their inputs and support in implementing it. If they are not convinced then they can be a hindrance at every step but if they get involved in the implementation then the…

TPM at SKAPS - Introduction

TPM which stands for Total productive Maintenance is a management concept that focuses on Bottoms-up approach and increased participation of people at all levels in decision making. SKAPS embarked on the journey of TPM in 2015 with primarily two goals in mind: Stabilization and Involvement of Everyone. Being the TPM Manager at SKAPS I can tell you this that the journey has been a challenging one but at the same time the results have been rewarding. TPM, unlike other management concepts like TQM, Six-Sigma, lean etc. gives utmost importance to empowering the floor workers and urges management to spend more time on the floor than on the computer and this is what creates the difference. I am not saying that other management concepts are inferior to TPM just because I am implementing it in SKAPS but according to me it has an edge over other concepts if implemented judiciously. TPM says that machines are the heart of any manufacturing firm and if you take care of the machines you take car…