Importance of Maintenance
In manufacturing industry, maintenance play important role to enhance overall performance by ensuring availability of equipment in acceptable condition, so organization can maintain its on time delivery and quality. Nevertheless, i just realize that many organizations, in the past, pay less attention to this aspect since cost related is quite high n hard to predict. This condition happened because; those organizations mostly apply corrective or reactive maintenance initiative, which related to fire fighting activity. Thus, by having this approach, organization jeopardizes its performance since high downtime, frequent breakdown and quality issues most likely to occur compare to organization that apply proactive and preventive maintenance initiative.
In regards, preventive maintenance, I see TPM as the most comprehensive approach to respond today's competitive environment. Thus, TPM apply continuous improvement approach through involvement of all people within organization in order to foster creation of ownership in regards of the equipment. In knowledge management, organization can initiate several activities such as training, education and empowerment which assist workers to create, share and store valuable data and information then transform into knowledge that useful to help organization enhance its performance.
if i may recall my working experience, organization who implement TPM initiatives show supportive culture that start from top management to shop floor level that aim to foster sense of ownership in regards equipment and machinery so it empower people to maximize their contribution to help organization achieve its objectives and enhance performance level.
it's quite nice to have this assignment when you have appropriate working experience to see real-life example on how asset management (maintenance) through knowledge management initiatives can help organization performance.