How does TPM
improve machine productivity?
How is it possible to save time and money by improving
manufacturers, making everything from computer chips to
potato chips, Agilent uses machines to manufacture its
products. The fact is machines do virtually 100 percent
of the product manufacturing work. The only thing we
people do, whether we’re operators, technicians,
engineers, or managers, is tend to the needs of the
machines in one way or another. The better our machines
run, the more productive our shop floor, and the more
successful our business.
TPM is an
equipment-focused improvement effort; we work on
creating the ideal equipment state. Any gap between our
current state and the ideal state must be closed. These
gaps are created in part by: deficiencies in our
equipment maintenance plan; people’s lack of knowledge
as to how to perform their work correctly; and
weaknesses in machine, process, and product designs.