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  1. Introduction
  2. The similarities in the organizations
    1. Affirmation of the self and focus on communication and credibility
    2. Using similar tools
    3. The intrinsic and original differences
  3. Monetary strategies: similarities and differences
    1. ECB: the fight against inflation
    2. Fed: Growth and inflation
    3. Flexibility and a more pragmatic Fed
  4. Current crisis: common objectives erasing entrenched differences?
    1. Unprecedented rate cuts for ECB
    2. Fed adopts 'unconventional measures'
    3. Persistence of the 'Atlantic Wall'

Wastage in any form has to be condemned. Managing resources efficiently and judiciously can bring down wastage in companies to a large extent. Preventive maintenance was started in Japan when certain methods of maintenance from the United States were implemented by Deming in 1950.

Nippondenso, a part of Toyota was the first to implement the idea of preventive maintenance in its entire plant in 1960. The year 1970 revealed Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) as a complete management system. Being an ideal company does not refer to only reducing the losses, eliminating incidents and defects in production. It also refers to running other functions such as maintenance, purchase and controls flawlessly.

In order to meet these objectives, methods such as the Productive TPM were conceived for total maintenance. TPM mainly focuses on zero defect, zero accident, zero unplanned equpiment failure, 5Ss and total quality control. This report's purpose is to explain the method and its implementation. This information is based on books and documents of companies, which have reported on the subject and its applications.

The significance of the TPM or Total Productive Maintenance is defined as (M)Maintenance of the facilities in good condition by taking corrective and preventive measure. (P)Production, to ensure and improve the maintainenece shops without blockage or to manage the schedule without disrupting production. (T) Total, consider all aspect and to involve all staff as maintenance is everybody'd business.

TPM is an approach involving all staff who wants the systematic elimination and final production losses related to the machine or the environment. The concept ?I make, you fix? should disappear in part, with the use of the TPM method.

Technical monitoring of the machines, accurate operation, performance and weakness, where there is no need to manage what is known well. The daily monitoring of the machines, performance at workshops, operators to monitor the activities and have initiative for optical improvement is conducted. The concept of group work keeps the motivation high, in data management, monitoring developments, personal growth of production activity.

It is well known that operators are aware more than anyone what the significant points of functioning are at their workplaces as well as the weaknesses.

Tags: Total, Production, Management, the TPM approach, Toyota,

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