Productive maintenance carried out by all employees. It is based on the principle that equipment improvement must involve everyone in the organization, from line operators to top management.
An integrated set of activities aimed at maximizing equipment effectiveness by involving everyone in all departments at all levels, typically through small group activities. TPM usually entails implementing the 5 S System, measuring the six big losses, prioritizing problems, and applying problem solving with the goal of achieving Zero breakdowns.
Total productive maintenance aims at maximizing equipment effectiveness and uptime throughout the entire life of the equipment.
A series of methods, originally pioneered by Nippondenso (a member of the Toyota group), to ensure every machine in a production process is always able to perform its required tasks so that production is never interrupted.