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An evaluation of TPM initiatives in Indian industry for enhanced manufacturing performance

I.P.S. Ahuja (University College of Engineering, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India)
J.S. Khamba (University College of Engineering, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Article publication date: 25 January 2008




The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the contributions of total productive maintenance (TPM) initiatives towards improving manufacturing performance in Indian Manufacturing Industry.


In this study, a large number of manufacturing organizations have been extensively surveyed, to ascertain contributions made by TPM initiatives in the Indian manufacturing industries towards realizing manufacturing performance improvements. The correlations between various TPM implementation dimensions and manufacturing performance improvements have been evaluated and validated by employing various statistical tools.


The research focuses upon the significant contributions of TPM implementation success factors like top management leadership and involvement, traditional maintenance practices and holistic TPM implementation initiatives, towards affecting improvements in manufacturing performance in the Indian industry. The inter‐relationships between various TPM implementation success factors with the manufacturing performance improvement parameters have been evaluated, to efficiently manage the TPM implementation program to realize organizational objectives of growth and sustainability.

Research limitations/implications

The study establishes that focused TPM implementation over a reasonable time period can strategically contribute towards realization of significant manufacturing performance enhancements.

Practical implications

The study stresses upon the need for improving the synergy between maintenance function and other organizational quality improvement initiatives in the organizations, to establish maintenance as a competitive strategy for meeting the challenges of highly competitive environments.


The study highlights the strong potential of TPM implementation initiatives in affecting organizational performance improvements. The achievements of Indian manufacturing organizations through proactive TPM initiatives have been evaluated and critical TPM success factors identified for enhancing the effectiveness of TPM implementation programs in the Indian context.



Ahuja, I.P.S. and Khamba, J.S. (2008), "An evaluation of TPM initiatives in Indian industry for enhanced manufacturing performance", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 147-172.



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