When it comes to ongoing business operation, maintaining a structured plan is critical. The last thing your factory needs to deal with is an unexpected hiccup or delay from product defects, failures, or accidents. Determining the best strategy to minimize downtime is the typical course of action businesses take to mitigate risks. However, coordinating these efforts is often a scramble that leads to stress, frustration, and short-term fixes.
Rather than adhering to this “wait-and-react” model, CMMS systems have continued to gain popularity and traction within manufacturing processes. The primary purpose of a Computerized Maintenance Management System is to manage, capture, and track inspection, maintenance and repair activities for cost containment, risk reduction, as well as improving the customer experience. When you combine a CMMS with TPM (Total Productive Maintenance), organizations can eliminate costly machine downtime and shift to proactive maintenance methods.
Getting to Know TPM
With a history dating back over 50 years to 1961, TPM works to shift the mode of thinking within manufacturing to preventative maintenance. As mentioned, many manufacturing installations only implement a reactive model which simply addresses problems as they occur. By integrating maintenance directly into a workflow, TPM incorporates these elements of planning to help reduce downtime and improve an organization’s efficiency.
TPM helps to orient the service and maintenance professionals most familiar with a system toward remaining in charge of their maintenance and repairs. This will mean fewer incidents of unexpected downtime and a much better overall operation.
As technology continues to push toward improved automation and reporting with the Internet of Things (IoT), the principles of TPM can be utilized even more greatly within a CMMS system. CMMS reflects the state of the industry in its ability to monitor and address machinery in real-time. These systems will serve as the core driving force behind any type of TPM to create a truly preventative maintenance dynamic.
Heading Toward Predictive Maintenance
Availability of machine monitoring systems integrated with CMMS helps to achieve the objectives of TPM much more easily and directly for businesses. These systems are much more than a set of business standards and a tracking spreadsheet. Instead, it provides a live and interactive tool which management can see and understand in real-time directly on their computers, smartphones, and tablets.
As data is accumulated, it can also provide insight on operational trends, identify pain points, and even indicate potential problems over time. This type of predictive maintenance can lead into even greater operational efficiency. And with the push toward Lean Manufacturing, this predictive model will lead to an operation pushing the limits of efficiency and production potential.
TPM and CMMS: A High Value Partnership
As you can see, CMMS platforms such as Eagle’s Proteus MMX provide your business with the tools it needs to fully adopt the TPM principles of business operation. Eagle Technology proudly provides both CMMS and EAM solutions for manufacturing operations throughout the world. We’re proud to help you take your operations to newer and greater heights in technology, preventative maintenance, and predictive analytics.