Addresses problems with the practical implementation of total productive maintenance (TPM), and presents a rather appropriate approach to TPM implementation. This approach is termed by the author as appropriate productive maintenance (APM). The APM concept offers a rigorous methodology that utilises several tools to achieve a world-class manufacturing (WCM) status. A modelling tool, called IDEFO, is used to map the whole process. Presents a nine-step framework for formulating the APM programme. Concludes that the integration of operational tools can contribute towards developing a strategic world class maintenance programme. Describes a computerised maintenance system, developed at a company in the automotive sector in the UK, as a practical example of the issues presented.