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Focused Improvement (Kobetsu Kaizen)


Focused Improvement is one of the key pillars of TPM. Also known as Kobetsu Kaizen in Japanese, this presentation provides shopfloor TPM teams, including production workers, maintenance technicians, engineers, and managers a strong framework for further improving equipment performance as well as eliminating the 16 big losses. 

As distinguished  from Autonomous Maintenance, in which the main goal is to restore basic conditions to prevent accelerated deterioration, Focused Improvement looks at weaknesses that everyone previously thought were unavoidable.

Developed by our JIPM-certified TPM instructor, this training presentation teaches you the knowledge and skills for planning, organizing and implementing Focused Improvement activities in the workplace. It includes the step by step process and the common analytical tools and techniques for Focused Improvement. 

Note: This training package includes:

  1. Focused Improvement training presentation (PowerPoint format)

  2. Focused Improvement poster (PDF format, in color and monochrome, printable in A3 size)

​Learning Objectives​

  1. Understand what is Focused Improvement and why it is important in TPM implementation

  2. Acquire knowledge on how to plan and organize Focused Improvement activities

  3. Describe the Focused Improvement approach and the common analytical tools

  4. Gain practical tips for sustaining Focused Improvement activities and the key factors for success


1. Introduction to Focused Improvement

  • Focused Improvement is One of the Key TPM Pillars

  • The Two Abilities that Companies Require

  • Focused Improvement Aims to Increase Production Efficiencies by Eliminating the 16 Big Losses

  • Difference Between Autonomous Maintenance & Focused Improvement

  • Focused Improvement Activities Cut Across All Job Functions

  • Allocating Roles In Focused Improvement

  • Focused Improvement is a Cross-Functional Management Activity

  • How Focused Improvement Fits with the Other TPM Pillars

  • Focused Improvement Builds on a Strong Foundation of Autonomous Maintenance

  • Gains are Consolidated through Standardization

2. What is Focused Improvement?

  • The Meanings of "Focused" and "Improvement"

  • What is Focused Improvement?

  • Objective of Focused Improvement

  • Benefits of Focused Improvement

  • Focused Improvement - Target

  • Factors Affecting Product Quality

  • Examples of Focused Improvement Events

  • Equipment Losses & OEE

  • Improving OEE through Kaizen Event

  • Kaizen Toolbox for TPM / Focused Improvement Problem Solving

3. Planning and Organizing for Focused Improvement

  • TPM Implementation Structure with Focused Improvement

  • Different Levels of Overlapping Teams

  • Analytical Tools & Techniques for Reducing the 16 Big Losses

  • Steps for Dealing with Speed Loss

  • Approaches for Eliminating Minor Stoppages

  • Ideas for Reducing Chronic Defects

  • Getting Started: How to Implement Focused Improvement

4. The 8 Steps of Focused Improvement

  • Step 1: Set the Improvement Topic

  • Step 2: Understand the Situation

  • Step 3: Expose & Eliminate Abnormalities

  • Step 4: Analyze Causes

  • Step 5: Plan Improvements

  • Step 6: Implement Improvements

  • Step 7: Check Results

  • Step 8: Consolidate Gains

5. Common Tools & Techniques for Focused Improvement

  • Cause and Effect Diagram

  • 5 Whys Analysis

  • P-M Analysis

  • Quick Changeover (SMED)

  • How to Sustain TPM & Focused Improvement Activities

  • Critical Success Factors

You may also be interested in the following training presentations and documents (sold separately):

  1. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

  2. Autonomous Maintenance (Jishu Hozen)

  3. Focused Improvement (Kobetsu Kaizen)

  4. Planned Maintenance

  5. Quality Maintenance (Hinshitsu Hozen)

  6. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

  7. TPM Team Guide

  8. TPM Self-Assessment Guide & Tool

  9. TPM Autonomous Maintenance Audit Guide & Checklists

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