Lean Tools: TPM and Computer Maintenance Tips from Lifehacker

Posted on February 26, 2012 | in Lean Tools, Lean Wastes, Maintenance, Small Business, Time Savings, TPM (Total Productive Maintenance), Waiting | by

How often do you get frustrated by a seemingly-young computer that becomes inflicted with chronic slowness? Do you own a computer that you anticipate replacing after three or less years because it eventually takes forever to complete processes? Do you stop visiting some websites because videos and images take far too long to load?

Replacing computers with the newest hardware, software, designs, and features these days can be expensive, especially if the way they’re maintained means replacement occurs frequently. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Investing a little bit of time (and probably a little bit of money) in your computer’s performance can mean the difference in replacement after three years with sluggish processing in critical operations, and replacement after six years with limited slowdown in processing.

There will be a greater discussion on computers when I get to the lean tool total productive maintenance (TPM), but Lifehacker recently posted a couple great articles that suggest some performance optimization tools and strategies to keep your computer running at top speed.

How Can I Diagnose and Fix My Slow Computer?
What Kind of Maintenance Do I Need to Do on my Windows PC?
Top 10 Ways to Make the Best of an Old, Crappy Computer

I bought my first laptop from the Dell Outlet back in 2003. It lacked a lot of superior features (no Microsoft Office or built-in wireless adapter) but it also fit in my price range and my work needs. The following year in graduate school I purchased a new silver Dell laptop that had school-specific programs and all those superior features, so the older blue Dell went into storage.

When my school Dell began slowing down in 2006 I started to apply some of these computer maintenance strategies (delete temporary files, defragment hard drive, virus scanning, etc.) and worked to retain as much speed as I could. In 2008 the silver Dell had a hardware crash and was sent back to Dell for repair, so the old blue Dell had to be pulled from storage. I again applied the maintenance strategies – having done none of them on the blue Dell, I essentially performed a “deep clean” – and resurrected it after years of non-use.

By using productive maintenance on your computers, you might be able to avoid having to be this guy.

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