2nd P&Q Best Practice Management Series: TPM Applications for Competitive Advantage, March 9, 2012, Crowne Plaza Quezon City

The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) in collaboration with APO Grantees represented by Kairos Management Technologies (KMT) implemented the 2nd APO Grantees Forum: Productivity & Quality Best Practice Management Series last 9 March 2012 at Crowne Plaza Galleria with the theme “Total Productive Maintenance Applications for Competitive Advantage”. The half-day affair provided the opportunity for participants to understand the basic principles and concepts and proven practices of Total Productive Maintenance and learn from actual examples of local and foreign companies effectively utilizing TPM.

APO Grantees Experts invited were Prof. Elisier M. Fantillo, Faculty/Consultant of Mapua Institute of Technology, Mr. Edmund A. Araga, Vice-President for Manufacturing of KEA Industrial Corporation, and last but not the least Engr. Lyndon D. Alarcon, President of Production and Operations Management Association of the Philippines (PROMAP), and also the Senior Operations Manager of RCM Manufacturing Inc. (Philips Home Healthcare Solutions). A total of 36 participants representing public and private sectors, industry associations, academe, and SME companies in the manufacturing industry attended. Topics discussed included Revisiting TPM Concepts and Principles, Local Application of TPM at the Company Level – KEA Industrial Corporation experience, and TPM Best Practices in Bangladesh – APO Training Course on TPM Highlights.

The participants have appreciated the forum and expressed that they gained more knowledge about TPM and its benefits in business, 5S as an important foundation, the 8 pillars of TPM, and some challenges in TPM implementation.

During the integration, Mr. Fantillo said that the case presentations of KEA Industrial Corporation and Rahimafrooze Batteries LTD Bangladesh, show that consistently, everything starts with 5S. Philosophically, 5S ensures that everything is clear. Problems that come out as a result of 5S are real problems. 5S has to be done so every problem can be cleared. “TPM is about improving upon the improved, but in order to do this, the problems must first be identified”, he said.

Many suggested that a similar activity be organized to showcase a higher level of TPM application, or a much deeper discussion for each of the 8 TPM pillars. Nevertheless, the participants are grateful for the generosity of the speakers in sharing what they learned during their participation to APO-sponsored training programs.