Applications of systems like total quality management (TQM), total productive maintenance (TPM) and just‐in‐time (JIT) have been studied mainly in large industries with little attention being paid to small and medium industries (SMIs) in developing countries. This paper discusses the state of implementation of TPM in SMIs and the effects of lack of productive maintenance. The main hypothesis is to determine if SMIs have understood the importance of a productive maintenance system as a constituent of manufacturing management. A survey methodology has been applied for this test. The outcomes of some case studies are kept in mind. All these show that the implementation of TPM or preventive maintenance in SMIs is still low. Therefore, more effort should be given to developing a better understanding, motivation and participation for implementation of productive maintenance systems. Finally, an implementation methodology is proposed.
Ahmed, S., Hj. Hassan, M. and Taha, Z. (2004), "State of implementation of TPM in SMIs: a survey study in Malaysia", Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 93-106. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552510410539178
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