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23 May 2014


TPM Japan Study Tour 2014

JMAC TPM Company recently conducted a Japan-based TPM study tour to showcase TPM implementation in the land of its origin. Some of the highlights included first-hand observation and practical examples of improvements at plants implementing TPM, a full-day TPM forum and attendance at the TPM Awards Ceremony. Participants from nine countries and eight distinct industries made the journey to Japan and on top of enhanced TPM knowledge, they also returned to their home countries with an increased appreciation of Japanese culture, food, music and daily life.

Day 1 - TPM Knowledge Session & Plant Tour: Sakata Inx, Osaka

The TPM Japan Study Tour started at full speed, with a morning TPM knowledge session which included a brief introduction on Through-neck Analysis - a method to derive new solutions (kaizens) by analysing the sub-processes in a manufacturing process flow.

An afternoon plant tour to the Osaka plant of Sakata Inx - one of the top 20 printing ink manufacturers in the world - where implementation of through-neck analysis is well-established, rounded out the first day.

Day 2 - TPM Knowledge Session & Plant Tour: Suntory Beer, Kyoto Brewery

After some unexpected snow at the end of the first day, the second day focused on an introduction to two of the three core pillars of TPM: Autonomous Maintenance (AM) & Focused Improvement (FI). In the afternoon, the group was joined by the head of TPM research at JMAC, Takao Izumi, and set out to visit the Kyoto Brewery of one of the largest food and beverage groups in the world: Suntory. In the evening, the JMAC TPM Week Reception united JMAC TPM Company's partners and clients from close to twenty countries.


Day 3 - TPM Knowledge Session & TPM Awards Ceremony

The third day saw the final of the TPM Knowledge Sessions, which focused on the final core pillar of TPM: Planned Maintenance (PM) as well as an introduction to the remaining 5 pillars that round out the eight TPM pillars. As the week of the TPM Japan Tour coincided with the TPM Awards Ceremony, participants attended the ceremony which celebrates the achievement of all plants certified with TPM Awards around the world during the previous year. The Keynote Speeches were as always, a highlight of this event.


Day 4 - Plant Tours: Mikuni, Kikugawa & J-Oil Mills, Yokohama

Participants had the choice of one of two plant tours on Day 4, and after a shinkansen (bullet train) ride, each team spent time at either Mikuni's Kikugawa plant or J-Oil Mills' Yokohama plant. Mikuni is one of Japan's leading manufacturers of carburettors and fuel-injection parts and equipment, while J-Oil Mills is one Japan's major producers of vegetable fats and cooking oils.


Day 5 - TPM International Forum

The final day was devoted to a full-day TPM International Forum, organized by JMAC TPM Company as part of its JMAC TPM Week. Presenters from Japan, Italy and India shared their TPM knowledge, experience and case studies. The day was rounded out by a surprise appearance from Mr. Kunio Shirose, one of the leading TPM authors and leaders.



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