Autonomous maintenance is a management strategy based on the idea that all members of a workforce, not just technicians, should engage in day-to-day equipment maintenance. It is the first step to implementing Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) within a manufacturing environment.
TPM reasons that businesses can only achieve maximum production if everyone is involved in maintaining the machinery and equipment.
That’s where autonomous maintenance comes in. This technique focuses on machine operators taking responsibility for basic maintenance tasks. It aims to keep equipment in “like new” condition.
In return, technicians have more time to focus on strategic and preventive approaches. They can apply their specialized skillset to plan and prioritize more complex equipment-related issues.
If done correctly, autonomous maintenance yields numerous advantages to manufacturers. You can learn more about the benefits of autonomous maintenance as we answer the following questions: