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Every five years or when
stockouts increase, equipment failures are traced
to failed parts, and/or
inventory practices are slipping, confirm that existing
best practices are being
followed.

This effort requires scrutiny of staff activities and
processes and therefore is best handled by a wellrespected "evangelist for excellence" and not upper
management. The storeroom manager is often not
the best choice for this function, as that person may
be too invested in their current processes. Once the
leader is identified, they should create a series of
benchmarks, which can be vetted by others, and then
start comparing current activities against them.

CREATE OR UPDATE BENCHMARKS
Once these efforts have been completed, it is vital that
MRO management creates (or updates, if they exist)
KPIs (key performance indicators). Anything that is
important enough to track should also be measured.
Metrics are invaluable not only to help the refresh stay
on track but also to provide evidence of the effort's
quantifiable benefits.
This data can then be fed into a CMMS/EAMS
(computerized maintenance management system or

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enterprise asset management system) and processed
to identify problems and opportunities. Metrics to
consider include on-hand inventory (days or months),
the number and frequency of stockouts, the ratio of
rush orders to planned orders, and rates/statuses of
parts and their obsolescence.

BEYOND THE BASICS
After your firm addresses these problems, you'll be
in a much better position to expand your efforts.
For example, if you have a CMMS/EAMS, you can
start using it for much more than monitoring MRO
parts conditions. CMMS/EAMS systems have proven
value for boosting equipment reliability yet are often
underutilized in that regard.
Even production improvements, such as automated
scheduling, are easier to implement with best-practices MRO inventory management. In essence, it's the
foundation of reliability that, in turn, is at the heart of
facility excellence. EP

Jim Clifford is Director of MRO Services,
Performance Consulting
Associates Inc., Duluth,
GA, pcaconsulting.com.
He is a 45-year veteran
of MRO management
and travels the country
helping clients realize
maximum value from
best-practices and program development.

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