When you’re in the food processing business you don’t mess around with quality, safety or hygiene. You make sure your production environment is safe, hygienic and efficient. The best way to do this is by having well-maintained equipment. When your equipment is operating at peak efficiency, you are setting up your manufacturing operations to meet safety standards and reduce downtime.

Determining the best strategy to minimize downtime is the typical course of action taken to mitigate risks. However, coordinating these efforts is often a scramble that leads to stress, frustration, and short-term fixes.

Using preventive maintenance in conjunction with a predictive and reactive maintenance strategy, you can control costs while managing downtime and maximizing uptime.  A properly implemented CMMS will 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 Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), you can eliminate costly machine downtime and shift to preventive maintenance.

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 food processing operations. 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 computer, smartphone, or tablet.

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 to 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, a CMMS provides your operations with the tools it needs to fully adopt the TPM principles of business operation. CMMS brings the goals of TPM into the hands of businesses while helping take your operations to newer and greater heights in technology, Preventive maintenance, and predictive analytics. Preventive maintenance should be an integral part of every food processor’s daily operations.

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