IBT’s Integrated Services Group (ISG) has been successful at helping a number of organizations gain control of their supply chain and MRO processes. As the ISG team has progressed, they have developed a number of tell-tale signs that a company is likely to benefit from using their process.
Ask yourself the following questions about your operation and your organization:
- Does the company have multiple locations?
- Does the company have diverse manufacturing equipment?
- Has the company grown through acquisition? Or added facilities over a period of time?
- Is there production equipment that has been acquired over a long span of time?
- Is the company concentrating on increasing manufacturing productivity?
- Has there been turnover in manufacturing management?
- Has the MRO staffing been reduced?
- Do your various locations have individual methods and procedures for maintenance?
- Is there an overall maintenance plan in place?
- Is the company concerned about excess, unplanned downtime?
- Does the company have difficulty meeting production goals consistently?
- Is the company looking to reallocate assets?
- Is there a large group of miscellaneous spares and replacement parts in tool cribs?
- Does anyone know what they are, what they do, what they fit – and why you have them?
- Is the company able to generate accurate manufacturing equipment data detailing usage, cost to maintain, warranty tracking, etc.?
- Is the company frequently ordering replacement components on an emergency basis?
- Are you frequently buying replacement/repair parts from the equipment OEM?
- Do you have too much inventory of repair parts on your shelves?
- Do you own obsolete MRO inventory?
- Do the various locations know what equipment and spares are available in the system?
- Has rush/air freight become a major expense?
- Is the investment in on site MRO inventory out of hand or out of control?
- Does the company have a procedure or plan for dealing with inventory shrinkage issues?
- Is anyone responsible for tracking obsolete and dead MRO inventory?
- When obsolete and dead inventory is identified, is there a way to get it removed and have its value recovered?
If you can answer too many of these questions with a “Yes,” talking with ISG would probably prove to be both interesting and profitable.
To start the ball rolling, contact Phil Pope, Director of Corporate Accounts, at 913-428-2812 or by email.