The TPM Certification Program begins in September 2010 and is designed for executives at any company interested in increasing process capability, improving equipment reliability, and establishing a culture of team work - all critical components of an effective continuous improvement initiative.

“TPM enables a company to move from being a reactive to a proactive maintenance organization focused on preventive, scheduled and corrective maintenance activities,” said Maureen Fahey, managing partner of Productivity, Inc. “Moving from fix-and-repair to equipment management provides the flexibility necessary to substantially reduce costs and generate additional income by increasing overall capacity.”

Over four non-consecutive weeks, each participant will experience a series of learning modules; in between the weeks of training, students will be required to apply the methods they have learned in class to operations at their own companies.

Participants who successfully complete the four-week training and mentoring program, pass the certification exam and demonstrate successful implementation of the techniques in their own facility are then certified by Productivity Inc. and the Fisher College of Business as TPM Managers. Recertification is required after three years.

“More and more organizations are realizing that corporate profitability is built on asset reliability,” said Ellis New, Senior Management Consultant for Productivity. “As a result, it has become apparent that the Lean Manager can’t do it alone.  There is a need for a counter-part to manage the improvement initiative from the equipment process reliability side.  The TPM Manager fills this need.  Having both a certified Lean Manager and certified TPM Manager will provide organizations with the synergy they need to really succeed.”

TPM Certification Program is the latest certification program offered by Productivity Inc. and the Fisher College of Business, which also conduct the Lean Manager Certification Program and the Lean Tool Awareness Certificate.

About Productivity Inc.

Based in Shelton, CT, Productivity Inc. ( is a leading consulting and training firm delivering leading-edge Lean implementation strategies throughout the Global 1000. For more than 30 years, its proven waste elimination and culture change methodologies have helped companies worldwide improve their operational effectiveness and get results. Productivity’s team-based approach to implementation ensures a transfer of ownership of the improvement process to clients, enabling them to sustain the improvements gained.

About The Fisher College of Business

Since 1916, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business ( has produced exceptional leaders who meet the challenges of a changing global business environment through creative and effective solutions. One of the premier management institutions in the country, Fisher emphasizes experiential learning, offering a wide range of international study options. Fisher’s international reputation continues to rise and is reflected in rankings which place the college among the top 25 business schools in the nation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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