TPM was developed in Japan between 1950 to 1970. Like TQM, Lean and Six Sigma, TPM also one of the proven strategies for Operational Excellence. Seiichi Nakajima is regarded as Guru of TPM. The Core of TPM is Machines and Equipments. Some people called TPM as Medical Science for Machines.
Similar to Lean, TQM and Six Sigma; TPM is also expanded beyond manufacturing Industry. Today even healthcare Industry, Hospitality Industry and Service Industries are exploring the possibilities of Integrating TPM in to their Business Excellence Strategies.
Managing Change is a challenge from Centuries. One of the TPM principles says Operators responsible for maintaining their own machines by doing daily Cleaning, Lubrication, Inspection, Tightening and Adjustment (Popularly known as CLITA).It is easy to sell this concept in Japanese Auto companies like Toyota Honda and their subsidiaries in other countries. But think about taking it beyond Japan and Automotive Industries. It will be a very tough task. The first resistance comes from Production Managers and Supervisors (not from Operators!)
Based on decades of our experience in implementing operational Excellence in various cultures, we suggest the following steps to make your TPM Journey successful. These steps are based on a simple and yet powerful tool called 5W1H (What, Why, Where, When, Who and How)