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feature | maintenance efficiency
As the skilled-trades gap
continues to grow, it's
imperative that valuable
technical resources focus
on critical plant value
streams and not on MRO
processes.

IN TODAY'S MANUFACTURING environments,
While the overall objective of parts management
indirect parts and material inventories are essential
is to reduce waste, the selection process has its own
to a well-run manufacturing operation. That means
set of priorities. Many manufacturers base their
smart inventory-management strategies are critical.
inventory decisions on price alone-yet the actual
When managed appropriately, the Maintenance
metric should be Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
Repair and Operations (MRO) process can operate
Total Cost of Ownership not only takes into account
with minimum waste while driving maintenance
the price of parts and materials, but also the impact
efficiencies. As the skilled-trades gap
on plant performance, which
continues to grow, it's imperative
can be measured by Overall
The overall
that valuable technical resources
Equipment Effectiveness (OEE),
focus on critical plant value streams
a fundamental measure of asset
goal of parts
and not on MRO processes.
performance.
management
As most people in the manufacOEE, expressed by the forin a plant is
turing arena know, technical talent
mula Availability x Performance
to reduce
is at a premium. When maintenance
x Quality, is heavily affected
waste.
personnel are delayed by hard-toby MRO inventories. When
find or unavailable replacement
key replacement parts are on
parts, this limited human resource
hand, equipment availability is
is rendered less effective. Storeroom operations are
increased through improved maintenance efficiennegatively affected as well by emergency purchasing,
cies. Performance and quality, the other two factors,
emergency shipping, and reactive delivery of materiare often enhanced as well-but from a maintenance
als to the factory floor for maintenance use.
perspective, good inventory decisions have the
The primary goal of inventory efficiency is to
greatest effect on availability.
eliminate waste in all of its forms. Think of a docParts management, then, is a delicate balance of
tor's office: every person, whether nurse or doctor,
budget, planning, and distribution. Location and
is leveraged for his or her highest skill. There's a
quantity are critically important as well. To address
reason the nurse takes your temperature and blood
these issues, the following four inventory-managepressure before the doctor enters. Such tasks don't
ment practices have been developed.
require a physician's expertise.
 Analytics. In the maintenance realm, it's easy

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