Join Steven Brown as he explains how to use total productive maintenance, or TPM, to keep factory machines working and available when they are needed.
- A factory cannot function unless the machines are working … and available when they are needed. … Now that may seem like a pretty simplistic statement, … but this is what Total Productive Maintenance, … or TPM, is all about. … TPM tries to understand both preventive … and corrective maintenance procedures … and to apply those methods in the most effective manner … to keep the factory running when needed. … TPM practices ensure that machines … will not break down unexpectedly … and that scheduled maintenance will be completed … in a timely manner. … The goals here are to minimize equipment downtime … and maximize equipment availability. … The approaches are closely intertwined … because the biggest factor in preventing unexpected downtime … is to make sure that periodic maintenance activities … are diligently completed. … This increases production flexibility … to allow changes as needed and helps to ensure a smooth flow … of material through the factory. … The most significant contribution Lean has made …
Steven outlines the process stages in Six Sigma (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control), along with the Lean toolkit: the 5s principles, kanban (scheduling), downtime, poka-yoke (error proofing), and kaizen (continuous improvement). He also explains how leadership works within Lean Six Sigma, the principles of project execution, and how Lean Six Sigma is applied to the service sector and supply chain management. Make sure to watch the "Next steps" video at the end of the course for further resources.
- List the three main focuses of Six Sigma.
- Explain why lean is an important element of the Six Sigma approach.
- Summarize why Control is the most important step in the Six Sigma process.
- Analyze variables to determine if they are a good performance measurement.
- Describe three typical methods of improving supply chain functions.
- Identify three things you will need in order to lead a Lean Six Sigma project effectively.