Reliability Improvement

Greg's Total Productive Maintenance Tips

With more than 17 years experience I feel that I have accumulated some useful Total Productive Maintenance/Total Process Reliability (TPM/TPR ) tips.  In today's blog post I want to share a few of these tips with you.  They should provide valuable ways to improve and optimize your TPM/TPR process.

Strategy Vs Action…the chicken AND the egg!

I recently participated in a forum discussion on LinkedIn, hosted by R Dillibabu, asking the question “Is practical knowledge more important than theoretical knowledge in factory management?”

As I considered my response, I remembered a quote from Dr. W. Edwards Deming, stating “it is …application that discloses inadequacy of a theory, and need for revision…without theory, there is nothing to revise.”

I began to consider that the answer, like many things in life, is having proper balance between theory and practical experience. Without practice, a theory is never improved and without theory, a practice has no structure, framework or understanding. 

When developing a reliability improvement strategy, it is important to balance the practical experience of company personnel with known theories on change management. The organization needs to understand that the theory or strategy behind the reliability improvement plan is as important as practical examples of success.  If either is missing, failure is predictable.