Total productive maintenance implementation in the newspaper printing industry: an action research approach

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The objective of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is to maximise plant and equipment effectiveness, to create a sense of ownership for operators, and promote continuous improvement through small group activities involving production, engineering and maintenance personnel. This paper describes and analyses a case study of TPM implementation at a newspaper printing house in Singapore. However, rather than adopting more conventional implementation methods such as employing consultants or through a project using external training, a unique approach was adopted based on Action Research using a spiral of cycles of planning, acting observing and reflecting. An Action Research team of company personnel was specially formed to undertake the necessary fieldwork. The team subsequently assisted with administering the resulting action plan. The main sources of maintenance and operational data were from interviews with shop floor workers, participative observation and reviews conducted with members of the team. Content analysis using appropriate statistical techniques was used to test the significance of changes in performance between the start and completion of the TPM programme. The paper identifies the characteristics associated with the Action Research method when used to implement TPM and discusses the applicability of the approach in related industries and processes.



Publication date2000
Publication titleEurOMA 2000 : operations management : crossing borders and boundaries : the changing role of operations
EditorsRoland van Dierdonck, Ann Vereecke
Original languageEnglish
Event7th International conference of the European Operations Management Association EurOMA 2000 - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 4 Jun 20007 Jun 2000


Conference7th International conference of the European Operations Management Association EurOMA 2000

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