TAFE’s Engineering Plastics Division at Maraimalai Nagar, Chennai, won the Special Award for TPM Achievement’ for the year 2019, by the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM), on January 28, 2020.
Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) was developed by Seiichi Nakajima in Japan between 1950 and 1970. It was an experience that helped recognize that a leadership mindset – one that engages the frontline teams in small group improvement activities – is an essential element of effective operation. The outcome was the application of the TPM process in 1971. One of the first companies to gain from this system was Nippondenso, a company that created parts for Toyota. They became the first winner of the PM prize. Thus, came into existence the internationally accepted TPM benchmark developed by JIPM, and consequently, Seiichi Nakajima came to be known as the father of TPM.
The PM award system was launched by JIPM in 1964, to “strengthen the improvement of enterprise constitutions and contribute to the development of industry, by promoting the modernization of plant maintenance and the development of plant maintenance technologies.” The TPM Excellence Awards, in which the results of plants’ TPM activities are judged and honored, have been awarded to some 2,000 plants since the award’s inception. These awards play a valuable role in JIPM’s assessment operations for the development in manufacturing industries. We at TAFE, are proud of our Engineering Plastics Division – Maraimalai Nagar Plant Team, for achieving this coveted accolade!