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TPM, or Total Productive Maintenance,
is a highly effective Japanese physical asset management system that has gained worldwide recognition for its transformative impact on manufacturing and operations.

At its core, TPM emphasizes proactive maintenance, employee involvement, and a relentless pursuit of continuous improvement. It seeks to eliminate losses, reduce downtime, and enhance overall productivity. TPM has become a crucial framework for organizations looking to stay competitive and achieve operational excellence.


Proactive Maintenance

TPM encourages employees at all levels to take responsibility for the condition and performance of their equipment. This includes regular inspections, cleaning, lubrication, and minor repairs. By addressing issues before they escalate, TPM helps prevent breakdowns and costly downtime.

Employee Involvement

TPM is not solely the responsibility of maintenance teams; it involves everyone in the organization. Employees are empowered to identify and solve problems related to equipment and processes. This collaborative approach fosters a sense of ownership and accountability.

Continuous Improvement

TPM is a journey of constant improvement. It encourages the use of tools like PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) and Kaizen to drive incremental enhancements in equipment reliability, product quality, and overall efficiency.


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Ms. Supriya Pradhan has over three decades of experience in the TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) field and is an accomplished name in the industry. With formal education as a TPM Instructor directly from JIPM (Japanese Institute of Plant Maintenance), Ms. Supriya has helped 150+ companies improve their productivity, quality, cost, and safety. She is the Head TPM Consultant at QSenS, where she leads a team of experienced consultants in helping organizations implement and sustain TPM.

Over the years, she has helped many companies, such as Bajaj Auto, Tetrapak, Mahindra Tractors, Godrej Precision Engineering, Godrej Appliances, HUL, Aditya Birla Group, Kalyani Forge, Sany India Ltd, Tata-Hitachi, Owens Corning, Lumax Auto technologies, and Apcotex industries, to name a few, in achieving higher levels of TPM certification.

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Dr. Milind Thakur (PhD)

Dr. Milind Thakur (PhD) brings over three decades of expertise in Quality Assurance & Control, Process Safety, and Improvement within the consumer goods industry. With a rich professional background spanning renowned companies such as Colgate Palmolive, Cipla, J&J, and Henkel, both in India and abroad, Dr. Thakur has established himself as a leader in the field.

As an adept Technical Services Manager, Dr. Thakur possesses a proven track record in various domains including Pharmaceutics, Cosmetics, Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Biotechnology, Product Development, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliance. His solid foundation includes a Doctorate in Industrial Quality Systems and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Microbiology from the esteemed University of Mumbai. Dr. Thakur is committed to implementing best practices from diverse industries to drive sustainable growth and enhance overall organizational performance.

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Mr. N. M. Bhat

Mr. N. M. Bhat brings over 42 years of extensive experience as a Freelance Quality and Food Safety Consultant, specializing in system implementation, documentation, audits, and training. With a focus on the cosmetics, oral care, and hair care industries, as well as expertise in warehousing, modern trade, and distribution, N. M. Bhat is a seasoned quality expert with a profound understanding of industry standards.

Having served in pivotal roles at Marico Ltd. Mumbai as Corporate Quality Assurance Manager and at Colgate Palmolive [India] Ltd. as Laboratory Manager, N. M. Bhat has demonstrated a commitment to driving excellence in quality assurance and laboratory management. As a proactive advocate for food safety and quality assurance, N. M. Bhat is associated with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) as a FoSTaC Trainer for Advanced Manufacturing, further showcasing a commitment to industry-wide education and best practices.

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Improved Equipment Reliability

Reduced Downtime

Cost Savings

Enhanced Product Quality

TPM reduces unexpected breakdowns by addressing equipment issues early, leading to higher availability and better performance.

By minimizing unplanned downtime, production schedules become more predictable, and there's less disruption to operations.

TPM helps lower maintenance costs by optimizing resource utilization and reducing the need for emergency repairs or spare parts.

With a focus on preventive maintenance and process stability, TPM contributes to improved product quality and consistency.

Increased Employee Morale

 Involving employees in TPM activities can boost morale and engagement as they see their contributions directly impact the organization's success.

Competitive Advantage

Organizations that embrace TPM often outperform their competitors by delivering products on time, at higher quality, and with lower costs.

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TPM Pillars

Autonomous Maintenance

 Involves operators in basic maintenance tasks, empowering them to take care of equipment on a daily basis, such as cleaning, inspecting, and lubricating.

Planned Maintenance

Focuses on scheduled, systematic maintenance activities to ensure machines and equipment remain in peak condition.

Quality Maintenance

Concentrates on maintaining and improving product quality through rigorous process controls and error prevention.

Administrative and Office TPM

Extends TPM principles beyond the shop floor to administrative processes, improving efficiency in administrative tasks and reducing waste in paperwork and bureaucracy

Focused Improvement

Encourages teams to identify and work on improvement projects that address chronic problems, inefficiencies, and bottlenecks in the production process.

Early Equipment Management

 Integrates TPM principles into the design and acquisition of new equipment to ensure long-term reliability and maintainability.

Education and Training

Provide employees with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively implement TPM practices and contribute to the organization's success.

Safety, Health, and Environment (SHE) TPM

Focuses on ensuring a safe and environmentally friendly workplace by proactively identifying and mitigating potential risks.


Implementing TPM requires commitment and a structured approach. Here are some steps to consider when starting your TPM journey.

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A thorough assessment of the current state of the organization's maintenance practices is essential before starting to implement Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). This assessment will help to identify areas where improvement is needed and to develop a plan for implementation.

Begin by assessing your current maintenance and operational practices to identify areas for improvement.

Shaking Hands


Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a long-term improvement process that requires a significant commitment from all levels of an organization, including senior management, middle management, and front-line employees.

Gain commitment from all levels of the organization, emphasizing the importance of TPM in achieving strategic goals.

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Training is essential for successfully implementing Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). All employees involved in TPM should be trained in all its aspects. This increases their chances of implementing TPM.

Provide training to equip employees with the necessary TPM knowledge and skills.

Pilot Projects

Pilot projects are an essential part of starting to implement Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). Pilot projects allow organizations to test TPM principles and practices in a small area before implementing them throughout the organization. This helps organizations to identify and address any potential problems before they have a major impact on the organization.

Start with pilot TPM projects to gain experience and demonstrate the benefits.

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Continuous Improvement

By continuously improving their equipment, processes, and systems, organizations can achieve significant benefits from TPM, including increased productivity, improved quality, reduced costs, and improved safety.

TPM is an ongoing process; regularly review and refine your TPM practices.



Incorporating TPM into your organization's culture can be a game-changer. It's not just about maintaining equipment; it's about optimizing your entire operation for maximum efficiency, quality, and competitiveness. Start your TPM journey today and experience the transformative power of this Japanese management system.
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