An experienced senior administrator with a career in chemical facility operations and management that spans approximately 35 years, Donald "Don" Lee Pferdehirt currently serves as president of his own consulting company, ChemOps Insights, in Spring, TX. One of Don Pferdehirt’s areas of expertise is Total Productive Manufacturing.
An approach that furthers the general goals of lean manufacturing methodology, Total Productive Manufacturing (TPM) promotes a strong relationship between maintenance and operations at any given company. By aligning the standards and objectives between these two areas, TPM has proven to be successful at eliminating equipment breakdowns and keeping manufacturing lines working continuously and at a rapid pace.
By streamlining changeovers (i.e., alterations, cleaning, and other processes of change on the production line) and reducing stoppage, TPM operates under the fundamental premise that all factory equipment should be able to run seven days per week and 24 hours per day. TPM also works to reduce manufacturing defects and promote a safe working environment.