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Lean Maintenance – Reduce costs improve quality and increase market share

Posted by vietnamwcm trên 8 Tháng Tám 2008

Lean Maintenance (PDF File)

Reduce costs improve quality and increase market share

by Ricky Smith & Bruce Hawkins

… Lean Maintenance is a relatively new term, coined in the last decade of the twentieth century, but the principles are well established in Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). Lean Maintenance—taking its lead
from Lean Manufacturing—applies some new techniques to TPM concepts to render a more structured implementation path. Tracing its roots back to Henry Ford with modern refinements born in Japanese manufacturing, specifically the Toyota Production System (TPS), Lean seeks to eliminate all forms of waste in the manufacturing process—including waste in the maintenance operation.While the first chapter of this Lean Maintenance Handbook seems to dwell on Lean Manufacturing and does not address maintenance, there is a purpose for that. All Lean thinking — the premise of Lean Manufacturing and Lean Maintenance—is originally based on manufacturing processes. Some believed that everything else would just naturally evolve, or fall into line, from those roots. Time, however, has unmasked the difficulties of instituting “Lean” in production support operations, those areas adjacent to the manufacturing production process, such as maintenance, without the presence of some prerequisite conditions. That topic is the subject of the remainder of this book after initially establishing some common ground…

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