Planned Maintenance

There are several keys to maintaining TPM levels once they are achieved. Building strong teams at every level and staffing a promotion organization helps integrate TPM in daily work, for example. Following the systematic, step- by-step approach recommended for TPM activities helps lock in results. Emphasizing a continuous-improvement approach through the CAPD cycle, continually revising goals upward, and setting new challenges, like the PM Special Prize, are also helpful. None of these approaches will be effective without the support of careful, continuous, and concrete measurement.

Start with clear baselines and document improvement results regularly and in detail. Use management indicators that show everyone (at every level) what concrete progress is being made and motivate their continued involvement. Measuring TPM Effectiveness, for a detailed summary of key management indicators to use for charting and encouraging progress in TPM activities.