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A very important aspect of TPM is the establishment of autonomous maintenance.

According to Kunio Shirose:  
The purpose of autonomous maintenance is to teach operators how to maintain their equipment by performing:

  • Daily checks
  • Lubrication
  • Replacement of parts
  • Repairs
  • Precision checks
  • Early detection of abnormal conditions

As most of the Lean Manufacturing techniques and tools, autonomous maintenance is based on education and training. It is about raising awareness of the operators on the knowledge and understanding the operation principles of their machines. 

To that purpose we will help them develop three skills:

1.- Ability to determine and judge if operating conditions become abnormal

2.- Ability to preserve normal conditions

3.- Respond quickly to abnormalities by repairing the machine or having some technician take care of it when he (she) does not have enough knowledge, skill or resources.

The 7 Steps of Autonomous Maintenance

1.- Initial
* Ability to determine machine abnormalities

* Ability to design and make improvements

Development of the skill to spot abnormalities and opportunities and to make the improvements and solve the abnormalities
2.- Eliminate sources of contamination and inaccessible areas
3.- Creation of a checklist for cleaning and lubrication standards Operators determine by themselves what they have to do
4.- General inspection Understanding operation principles of machine and its systems More skilled operators and maintenance techs. teach the least experienced
5.- Autonomous Inspection Understanding of the relationship between equipment conditions and product quality Data organization to describe optimal conditions and how to maintain the

6.- Organization and housekeeping

7.- Full Implementation

Autonomous Maintenance Implementation Program Click here to see the Guaranteed Succesful Plan to Implement Autonomous Maintenance


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