Learn more about Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and how it can support your Lean efforts.

As we have learnt TPM is a combination of preventive maintenance, total quality control, and total employee involvement aimed at achieving Zero Accidents, Zero Defects, and Zero Breakdowns.

Watch this overview video by the Gemba Academy to find out more about:

  • what TPM is and isn’t about;
  • why use TPM;
  • importance of TPM;
  • goal of TPM; and
  • eight key TPM strategies.

The video is part of Gemba Academy’s Total Productive Maintenance series.

Want to know more?

Traditional TPM model consists of a 5S foundation and eight pillars:

The traditional TPM model
The traditional TPM model (source)

LeanProduction.com has aa informative article on TPM to get you started with your implementation. If you are interested in the big picture start by comprehensive literature review by Ahuja and Khamba (2008). Introduction to TPM by Nakajima (1988) and Total Productive Maintenance by Borris (2006) are all the books you need to get you kick-started in your TPM implementation.


Ahuja, I.P.S. and Khamba, J.S., 2008. Total productive maintenance: literature review and directions. International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, 25(7), pp.709-756.

Nakajima, S., 1988. Introduction to TPM : Total Productive Maintenance. Cambridge, Mass: Productivity Press.

Borris, S., 2006. Total Productive Maintenance. New York: McGraw-Hill.

This post was originally written for The Lean Presentation.