An important element of manufacturing process is the technical system which is aimed at maintaining the company's production capacity for a constant and a high level. The number of failures and downtime of production resources are crucial issues that directly affect the productivity of the whole production system. Technical problems related to frequent failures of machines lead to: destruction of the production plan, an increase of exploitative costs of machines, an increase of manufacturing defects number etc. The key role in maintaining the efficiency of the machinery is played by the maintenance services in manufacturing companies. Through a proper management of the machinery, i.e. the activities related to the planning and execution of maintenance tasks, a well-functioning technical system that eliminates problems associated with failure frequency may be created.In many enterprises (also in steelworks) the maintenance department realizes assumptions of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) conception which assumes the continuous improvement of the efficiency of the machinery by the system management and cooperation of the qualified maintenance technicians with workers. In this conception, prevention allowing to maintain proper parameters of work of machines and devices is significantly underlined.The article discussed exploitative strategies used by industrial companies, esspecially TPM, paying attention to activities related to Autonomous Maintenance. On the example of steel companies the measures taken to improve the effectiveness of the machines were presented.Keywords: exploitative strategies, TPM, Autonomous Maintenance
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