A brief article considering the nature of total productive maintenance (TPM) and reliability‐centered maintenance (RCM) and the relationship between the two. Notes equipment management and empowerment of employees as key features of TPM. Sees the development of an effective preventive maintenance program as essential to effective equipment management and suggests that RCM is central to the development of such a program. Points out that, if implemented within the framework of TPM, RCM can help achieve better results from the TPM implementation.
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