TPM involves employees companywide in preventing equipment abnormalities and breakdowns. The first line of defense: equipment operators-the people most familiar with daily operating conditions. In addition to regular cleaning and inspection, team-based improvement activities make effective use of operators' hands-on knowledge.
How do you organize TPM teams and keep them vital? TPM Team Guide tells supervisors, workgroup leaders, and operators how to develop the team-based skills required for successful TPM implementation. Geared toward TPM projects, it describes basic elements of improvement activities for any kind of shopfloor team.
TPM Team Guide gives simple explanations of basic TPM concepts such as the six big losses, and emphasizes the integration of TPM activities with production management. Chapters describe the team-based improvement process step by step, from goal to standardization of the improved operations. Team leaders will learn how to hold effective meetings and deal with the human issues that stand in the way of success. The tools for team problem solving and the steps for preparing a good presentation of results are detailed here as well.
Written in simple language, with abundant illustrations and cartoon examples, this book makes TPM activities understandable to everyone in the company. Frontline supervisors, operators, facilitators, and trainers in manufacturing companies will want to use this practical guide to improve company performance and build a satisfying workplace for employees.
"A practical guide to the implementation of team-based TPM. This work fills the need for an easily understandable guide that teams can use to begin and sustain their TPM efforts."
Barry Dellinger, Corporate Training Specialist, Vermont America Corporation 06/01/04
"In my search for a starting point for our company's TPM process, I have read several books and articles. Out of these come a lot of information, facts, and figures, but no clear, straightforward facts as to what, when, and how these teams should function. Within TPM Team Guide I found that straightforward, step-by-step guide to TPM team development and success."
Warren Barry, TPM Facilitator, chromalox Engineering, 06/01/04
"TPM Team Guide is a toolbox of practical advice and techniques for starting TPM and keeping it going. Its sensible approach to TPM makes this book the 'how-to manual' for supervisors and operators. The book's format makes it easy to use as a primer for teams beginning TPM and a handy reference guide for existing teams. There's one good concept/idea per page."
Mark O'Brien, TPM Specialists, Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp of America 06/01/04
"This landmark book brings a new dimension on how to transmit the powerful concepts of TPM, breaking down a complex system into its elements and presenting it in very understandable language."
Luis F. Castro, Light Gauge Product Specialist, ALCOA 06/01/04
Chapter 1: TPM and Team Activities
Chapter 2: Tips for Managing TPM
Chapter 3: Managing Team Activities
Chapter 4: Keeping Activities Alive
Chapter 5: Making Effective Presentations
Chapter 6: The Workplace Audit
Chapter 7: Tools for Team Activities
Chapter 8: Questions and Answers
Further Reading on Tools for Teamwork
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