At the annual JIPM-TPM Conference last month in Atlanta, four American plants distinguished themselves by being the first from this country to win the "TPM Excellence" award for plants having over 500 employees.
At the annual JIPM-TPM Conference last month in Atlanta, four American plants distinguished themselves by being the first from this country to win the "TPM Excellence" award for plants having over 500 employees. The winners are Hitachi Cable Indiana, Inc., New Albany, IN; Michigan Automotive Compressor, Inc., Parma, MI; Phillips 66 Co., Sweeny, TX; and Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Inc., Lafayette, IN.
Each year, the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM) bestows Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) awards to plants that have satisfied rigorous screening criteria. Although plants from many countries apply for these prestigious awards, no US-based plant has earned one until now.
Screening for the awards is a detailed process involving both documentation and onsite visits. Activities scrutinized include TPM policies and objectives; TPM organization and management; individual improvement; autonomous maintenance; planned maintenance; quality maintenance; product and equipment development and control; training and development; administration and supervision; safety, sanitation, and environmental control; and TPM effectiveness assessment.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey