Sustaining TPM: How to Gain Consensus

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Sustaining TPM: How to Gain Consensus


What does an organization have to do in order to take the first step to achieve sustained reliability improvement? Here at Marshall Institute, we believe that this is to assess the organization's current state and gain consensus on strengths and opportunities.

Greg Folts covers this topic in the second video in our Sustaining TPM series. He discusses the importance of gaining consensus in sustaining TPM improvement and identifies proven methods to achieve consensus. These are:

  • Map your processes: identify gaps in your processes by comparing your current processes against an ideal state.
  • Ask your employees: speak candidly with employees about what they view as the company's strengths and opportunities for improvement.
  • Get Data: nothing is more objective than data. To understand strengths and reliability improvement opportunities, find key data such as: cost, equipment availability, mean time to repair, and mean time between failure. 
  • Benchmark: compare your key performance indicators with the best of the best. Identifying performance gaps between you and best-in-class organizations will help to build your improvement strategy.

The key with these methods is to objectively gain consensus of vital areas to achieve reliability improvement. Gaining consensus makes sustainability more possible. Try these tactics and I'm sure you'll be amazed at how effective they are in building consensus. In the next video in the series we look at Building a Case for Change.

Our Sustaining TPM video series is designed to support individuals and organizations to be more effective implementing Total Productive Maintenance (TPM).  The series is structured around 4 key implementation steps:

  1. Gain consensus on strengths and weaknesses
  2. Build a case for change
  3. Develop internal expertise
  4. Develop a strategy

Thanks for reading and best of luck with your improvement.



Greg Folts

Tom Furnival

Business Development Manager

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