TPM - Total Productive Maintenance

Increasing Operational Efficiency and Equipment Effectiveness 

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a method aimed at improving equipment reliability, increasing operational efficiency, and optimizing productivity within an organization. It focuses on raising employee awareness to take responsibility for equipment maintenance and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. 

TPM, also known as comprehensive productive maintenance, is a strategy or cultural transformation that involves the entire company, led by top management, with clear business expectations. It emphasizes employee involvement in equipment maintenance and continuous improvement. The leadership introduces new workplaces and defines pillars, tools, and methods based on potential and actual losses and goals. TPM is not carried out solely by dedicated personnel but by managers who diagnose, transform implementation, and assist in finding solutions. 

Definition and Key Features: 

    • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a comprehensive approach to equipment maintenance that involves the entire organization. 
    • TPM aims to reduce equipment downtime due to failures, errors, or accidents by actively involving all employees. 
    • It promotes preventive maintenance and emphasizes proactive measures to ensure optimal equipment performance. 
    • TPM focuses on improving Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and equipment efficiency by eliminating losses and waste. 

Purpose of TPM: 

    • The main purpose of TPM is to maximize equipment efficiency and reduce losses in production processes. 
    • TPM strives to establish a culture of continuous improvement, where employees at all levels actively participate in equipment maintenance and improvement. 
    • It encourages a sense of ownership, responsibility, and pride among employees regarding equipment maintenance. 

Key Goals Achieved with TPM:  

  1. a) Improving Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE):

    • TPM aims to enhance OEE, which measures equipment availability, operational efficiency, and quality level. 
    • By reducing downtime, failures, and errors, TPM increases OEE, leading to improved productivity and profitability. 
  1. b) Zero Equipment Failures and Accidents:

    • TPM seeks to eliminate equipment failures and accidents through proactive maintenance practices, inspections, and training. 
    • This ensures a safer work environment, reduces disruptions, and improves employee well-being. 
  1. c) Autonomous Maintenance:

    • TPM encourages equipment operators to perform routine maintenance tasks to prevent deterioration and early detection of issues. 
    • Empowering employees for autonomous maintenance improves equipment reliability and reduces dependence on maintenance teams. 
  1. d) Cost Reduction:

    • By optimizing maintenance strategies and reducing equipment failures, TPM reduces maintenance costs and minimizes losses in production. 
    • It promotes efficient resource allocation, inventory reduction, and elimination of unnecessary expenses. 
  1. e) Culture of Continuous Improvement:

    • TPM fosters a culture of continuous improvement by encouraging employees to identify and implement small improvements in equipment and processes. 
    • It promotes regular group meetings, knowledge exchange, and problem-solving techniques, leading to innovation and improved efficiency. 


Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a method that focuses on maximizing equipment reliability, operational efficiency, and productivity. By involving employees at all levels, TPM creates a culture of continuous improvement and ownership, resulting in reduced downtime, improved equipment performance, and cost savings. Implementing TPM enables organizations to achieve higher levels of operational excellence and competitiveness in a dynamic business environment. 



TPM pillars

TPM pillars


Opportunity to change organizational culture