Introduction to UPTIME a.k.a Total Productive Maintenance

Understanding the pitfalls of managing TPM as a Project
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Understand why we need to change TPM to UPTIME
Understand the pitfalls to most TPM projects
Understand why easier and better is a great approach to improvement
Understand the importance of making a decision


  • Some interest in improving machine uptime: the rest you will learn about in the course.


This course is an introductory course to UPTIME the new standard for TPM (Total Productive Maintenance).

TPM is long in the tooth, isn’t it time to reinvent seventy-year old system? Well, the stars aligned when George’s client and Mike Wroblewski came up with the same idea at the same time. Today, the UPTIME@ System for Equipment Effectiveness will forever change the way you look at and care for your equipment.

This course is meant to share the pitfalls of TPM, and the approaches that have not worked in the past. Join Mike Wroblewski and George Trachilis as they share their experiences in this mini course. The full course will be available by the end of 2023.

UPTIME stands for:

  • Understand the losses

  • Problem Solving

  • Teamwork

  • Involve Everyone

  • Maintenance Effectiveness

  • Equipment Efficiency

Mike Wroblewski is an internationally-recognized expert in kaizen and lean leadership.

As a sensei, coach, consultant, author and keynote speaker, Mike shares his experience with the world. Mike is President and Founder of Dantotsu Consulting.

He is the co-author of the book Creating a Kaizen Culture which was selected for a 2015 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. Mike has over 25 years of experience in industrial engineering, continuous improvement and kaizen. He was the former Director of Kaizen Institute USA. He has also served as an internal consultant and Lean Sensei with Batesville Casket Company with three factories winning the IndustryWeek “Top 10 Best Plants” awards a total of nine times and one facility awarded Assembly Magazine North American Plant of the Year.

He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a Bachelors Degree from Miami University and Masters Degree from Kettering University. Mike is a popular keynote speaker at numerous national and international conferences sharing his insights and experiences leading kaizen.

Who this course is for:

  • Any person or company that uses machines to add value for the customer.
  • Executives trying to understand why TPM has failed in their organization


The Lean Guru
George Trachilis
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George Trachilis

George is the Shingo Research Award-winning contributor and publisher of the book, Developing Lean Leaders at All Levels. His insight as an entrepreneur and Lean Coach will astound. Don’t miss his talks. He welcomes meetings from friends he has not yet met - book him at  GeorgeTrachilis dot com - the BOOK ME tab.

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Mike Wroblewski
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  • 14 Reviews
  • 721 Students
  • 1 Course

Mike Wroblewski, President of Dantotsu Consulting and Shingo Award winning co-author of “Creating a Kaizen Culture”, has over 30 years of manufacturing management experience, strong technical skills and a passion for teaching Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma.

During his career, Mike has held various management and leadership positions including Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Manager, Manager of Quality and Continuous Improvement, Director of Operations and Lean Sensei. Mike’s journey into Lean manufacturing began in the 1985 while working for the Hill-Rom Company. Under the watchful eye of Shigeo Shingo, Mike successfully improved a die changeover from 45 minutes to less then 5 minutes. Mike learned first hand from the master, Shigeo Shingo, the techniques of the SMED system along with the early teachings of eliminating waste from manufacturing operations.

Mike has a MS in Manufacturing Management from the GMI Engineering & Management Institute, a BS in Production and Operations Management from Miami University and a Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

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