Industrial Training - The Best for Less

PLC Training

Secure Trusted Site

Autonomous Maintenance Steps: Step 0

LEAN | TPM | Autonomous Maintenance Steps | Step 0: Education


Autonomous Maintenance Steps?

Step 0: Education: Understanding functions of equipment & Maintenance


Step 1: Cleaning: Initial cleaning

Step 2: Sources: Eliminate sources of contamination

Step 3: Standards: Establish standard inspections, cleaning and lubrication

Step 4: Inspection: Check levels, leaks, tighten, damage and wear.

Step 5: AM Standards: Operator performs small maintenance tasks on equipment.

Step 6: Quality: Constant improvements (Kaizens) to spot & reduce variability.

Step 7: Supervision: of operators implementing AM (Steps 1-6) and continuous education (Step 0).

(Notice AM requires continuous operator education of equipment-maintenance.)


You may know the Autonomous Maintenance steps, but did you know there is a step 0 before Autonomous Maintenance step 1? This article explains and has a free Autonomous Maintenance PDF to help you share Step 0 with others.


With the growing demand for manufacturing facilities, authorities took many actions to escalate the efficiency of production processes. Many formal methods were implemented for a longer period of time without acquiring significant growth in the field. But with the introduction of Autonomous Maintenance (AM) to the modern manufacturing facilities they achieved an increment in efficiency and productivity in a historical brisk pace.


Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) which was initially practiced in a subsidiary company related to Toyota and it concerns about improving overall equipment effectiveness (oee) of machineries used in the production facility. lean and tpm are commonly addressed when it comes to modern manufacturing facilities while tpm within lean tries to increment the productivity of a facility, ultimately LEAN philosophy targets to reduce waste. Autonomous maintenance is listed first in the 8 pillars of TPM and it’s considered as a key concept of total productive maintenance.


Most of the machines used in modern facilities are a result of sophisticated technology and technicians with a versed knowledge are responsible for the health of such machines. When compared to technicians, machine operators spend considerable amount of time with the machine throughout their working hours. With the repetitive actions performed in the same machine for a prolonged period of time, machine operators gain an experience about the working patterns of the machine. Those experiences can be used to perform small kinds of maintenance actions on the machine. Hence dedicated technicians are no longer needed to perform such maintenance activities like General Visual Inspection (GVI), lubrication, bolt tightening, monitoring and cleaning.



Autonomous Maintenance Step 0:

Autonomous maintenance is achieved by undergoing 7 simple steps and the initial step being, Step 0: Operator Autonomous Training. In the step zero of autonomous maintenance, the goal is to increase basic understanding about machine components and train machine operators to perform maintenance activities to a certain level. If the maintenance action is too complex for a machine operator, technicians can be called upon for the assistance. With the relief from ordinary maintenance activities technicians can be detailed for specific improvement and preventative tasks which requires technical expertise. Autonomous maintenance directly impacts on the Overall Equipment Effectiveness and OEE can be raised by adopting autonomous maintenance actions which are outlined under autonomous maintenance as described above.


An approved training is mandatory to train machine operators to perform such maintenance tasks to achieve planned effectiveness and to reduce accidents that may encounter during newly incumbent tasks. A proper training program can standardize the tasks and assists machine operators to comply with the correct standards. Technical experts within the company are good assets that can be utilized to conduct training programs for the operators. Machine one point lessons, instructional videos and machine component sheets can be utilized to enhance the effectively of the training program.

Nowadays courses which are offered through internet has become the prime concern in trainings due to their high quality and readily availability. Most of such courses contains instructional videos to make the learning experience more interesting and effective.



Being trained under the Step 0: Operator Autonomous Training, operators can proceed a step forward by commencing some autonomous maintenance activities. The actions to be performed next is explicitly stated in the Autonomous Maintenance Step 1: Thoroughly clean equipment and its surroundings. When the machine operator arrived to the Autonomous Maintenance Step one, they are equipped with necessary information which were taught in the step zero to perform needed maintenance tasks. Hence going through the step zero is mandatory before the step one to ensure the safety of machine operator and integrity of the task performed.


Already started your Autonomous Maintenance Program? Remember AM Step 6: Continuous Improvement and AM Step 7: Continuous Education! So don't let having an existing Autonomous Maintenance program in place stop you from educating your operators more about the equipment and maintenance practices.




2) AM Steps article in PDF format)






© business industrial network and,  Copyright © 2018 - . Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Business Industrial Network and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

TOPICS: LEAN TPM |tpm maintenance | autonomous maintenance | autonomous maintenance step 1 LEAN TPM tools and resources referenced in this autonomous maintenance are are OEE, 5s, and our in-house operator training program.


All trademarks and trade names are property of their respective owners.