What Is The Purpose of Autonomous Maintenance?

The purpose of Autonomous Maintenance – to provide more ownership for operators with routine maintenance tasks.

Autonomous Maintenance releases the core maintenance team to perform preventative maintenance and technical improvements.


Graphic showing the autonomous maintenance pillar of the TPM model

Benefits of Autonomous Maintenance

  • Gain in the number of people engaged in maintenance activities with an appropriate balance of ownership, based on capability, between central maintenance and operators.
  • Early detection of asset degradation
  • Improved Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)
  • Generates capacity on bottlenecks
  • Engages workforce and builds flexibility through multi-skilling

There is a paradigm that operators should operate and cannot contribute to maintenance, however, the opposite is true.  Basic inspections and maintenance tasks can be performed by frontline operators with over 50% of maintenance activities shifting from a Planned Maintenance (central) status to forming part of an Autonomous Maintenance

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This page was written by Bob Newton in February 2018. Due for review in 2019.

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