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Total Productive Manufacturing

What is TPM?

Hear first-hand from Phil Spooner and Andy Brunskill about the core system of  Total Productive Manufacturing and how it is used as a foundation of Operational Excellence.

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To deploy a Total Productive Manufacturing (TPM) system we recommend 6 steps:

  1. Engage Stakeholders
  2. Build Capability
  3. Complete a Pilot Study
  4. Create a Coaching & Support Framework
  5. Review Pilot and set objectives for full roll-out
  6. Roll-out the programme organisation wide.


Often abbreviated as ‘TPM’ and also known as Total Productive Manufacturing, TPM is a system that unlocks the capability of people and machinery. Great TPM will provide a framework where physical assets are introduced, managed and retired with a plan for their full lifecycle. One of the primary drivers for TPM is to improve the reliability of equipment and therefore the company.

TPM is about establishing the correct relationship between people and their equipment in order to create ownership. It is also about unlocking our productive capacity by unlocking the potential of people.  TPM is also about improving flow through the use of appropriate Lean Tools & techniques.

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Try the Interactive TPM Awareness Course

The purpose of this interactive awareness course is to get you familiar with TPM (an introduction) and the approach we take here at S A Partners. The style of the course is to self-teach through reading and listening.

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Our TPM customers include:

accolade wines

Our latest TPM Masterclass, hosted by Princes Edible Oils

The workshop explored both what and how to deploy an effective, systematic approach to TPM. We looked at the use of the appropriate Lean thinking tools and systems, along with the leadership and engagement systems that will support sustainable change.

“Brilliant course, great teaching skills making the course a very understandable and great experience”

“Very good.  Knowledge base was good and experiences shared”

“Really great to involve the shopfloor for some of the steps. Great discussion with Phil and Andy at the perfect pitch”

Shingo Publication Award for TPM: A foundation of Operational Excellence

On May 19 in Orlando, Florida, John Quirke, Life Science Practice Leader at global consulting company, S A Partners, received the SHINGO Publication Award on behalf of the team for the book TPM (Total Productive Manufacturing): A Foundation of Operational Excellence.  John, along with business colleagues Andy Brunskill and Peter Willmott, are authors of the book which has been hailed as a key reference text in relation to operational excellence.  READ MORE…

S A Partners 11 Step TPM Model

The 11 Step TPM Model developed by S A Partners has become a benchmark for excellence.  This model has been deployed in companies worldwide.  The 11 Steps are identified in our useful download and also form the basis of our SHINGO award-winning publication TPM: A foundation of Operational Excellence.


Start your TPM Journey with a TPM Assessment

We recommend that all organisations begin their TPM transformation journey with a benchmarking assessment at their site.  Our assessments can be delivered at either a Macro or Micro level. The assessment will look at understanding your current state and where you are against industry best practice.  The assessment can then be used to support the development of a sustainable TPM strategy and programme for your organisation.  For more information contact

Take our free online self-assessment to get a quick measure of your TPM maturity


Pocket Guide to: Changeover Optimisation

Manufacturing organisations are under pressure to increase productivity and improve flexibility & responsiveness to customer needs. Changeover optimisation is a means of improving performance to create a more flexible manufacturing environment. Equipment flexibility & responsiveness are core requirements of all modern manufacturing thinking and largely determined by process changeover capability.

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A day in the life with 60% OEE

Hear industry expert and legend Peter Willmott explain what can happen on a typical shift in an organisation that hasn’t deployed TPM.

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TPM White Paper Series

Download the TPM White Paper series, designed to support your TPM journey.

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TPM Case Studies

There are a number of case studies which will support you with your own TPM journey.  Follow the link below to see our full list of available materials, or do contact us for more information…  CLICK HERE

TPM Learning Pathway

To support you develop your teams skills in TPM, we have developed an accredited learning pathway which includes:

  • 1/2 Day TPM Awareness
  • 2 Day Masterclass Programme
  • 5 Day Practitioner
  • 5 Day Advanced Practitioner

Our courses are accredited by the Lean Competency System and are delivered using the 70:20:10 learning approach.

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