The effects of total productive maintenance on cost savings and equipment reliability
Aimable, Sherrian S.
University of Wisconsin-Stout
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XYZ Company has suffered substantial losses due to downtime of the blow molder at the facility being studied, mainly due to it being poorly maintained. This resulted in substantial downtime on the blow molder, challenges in meeting targets and low employee morale. While some preventative maintenance was being done on the blow molder, most of the repair work was reactive versus proactive. Total productive maintenance was the program chosen to increase the reliability of the blow molder, mainly because the program provides many benefits outside of equipment reliability. Total productive maintenance also provides a learning platform for all involved, opportunities to work on cross function teams and by extension, an increase in employee morale. Minor stops and breakdowns, though not eliminated, were reduced significantly during the period studied. Employees have a new found sense of ownership of the blow molder, focusing more on preventative maintenance. The ability to work closely with maintenance technicians, supervisors and managers has shown operators that the company is invested in them and the success of the facility.
Total productive maintenance