TPM Implementation in Piston Manufacturing Industry for OEE
Pages : 118-124
Frequent machine breakdowns, low plant availability and increased overtime are a great threat to a manufacturing plant as they increase operating costs of an industry. The main aim of this study was to improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) at a manufacturing company through the implementation of innovative maintenance strategies . A case study approach was used. The paper focuses on improving the maintenance in a piston manufacturing set up using an innovative maintenance regime mix to improve overall equipment effectiveness. Interviews, reviewing documentation and historical records, direct and participatory observation were used as data collection methods during the research. Reduced demand and lack of raw materials particularly imported items are adversely affecting the manufacturing operations. The company had to reset its targets from a higher limit to a very lower one due to lower availability of machines as result of breakdowns as well as lack of raw materials. The price reductions and uncertainties as well as general machine breakdowns further lowered production. Some recommendations were given. For instance, employee empowerment in the company will enhance responsibility and authority to improve and totally eliminate the big losses. If the maintenance department is to realize its proper function in a progressive, innovative industrial society, then its personnel must be continuously trained to meet current needs as well as future requirements. To make the maintenance planning system effective, it is essential to keep track of all the corrective maintenance jobs and preventive maintenance inspections. For large processing plants these cannot be handled manually. It was therefore recommended that the company implement CMMS.
Keywords: Maintenance, Manufacturing, Overall Equipment Effectiveness
Article published in International Journal of Current Engineering and Technology, Vol.1,No.1 (Dec. 2011)