In the late 90’s, the show “60 Minutes” did showed that an average economy car worth $15,000 new would cost about $95,000 if it was to be built from aftermarket parts, and adding in an allowance for your own labor, excluding the uni-body (which wasn’t for sale). It is more or less a given that manufacturer’s make more money on parts for their products than on the initial sale of the product.
The last article speaks to who should run your storeroom – NOT maintenance. It also leaves us hanging a bit – what should go into the store room to ensure good supply of needed materials, when needed?
Many maintainers will default to the manufacturers’ recommendations for maintenance actions and for spare parts lists. After all, we are paying for those when we buy our equipment and build our plants, so why not follow them?
- End users and providers of ERPs (enterprise management systems) are often technologically very backward in this specialty of managing MRO supplies.
- There are but a handful of specialists (experts) in this field who have developed any sort of advanced technological solutions, yet they remain somewhat obscure.
Without parts many jobs can’t be done. There’s no point planning and scheduling work if you can’t rely on materials management to provide the parts when you need them. If you want excellence in maintenance you need excellence in materials management.
Top performers don’t delay or halt work because of a lack of parts. When it happens it’s largely a failure of the planning and work management processes but it can also reflect on materials management.
By: David A DeCastro (Salvador, Brazil). In traveling the world in search of excellence in MRO Materials Management (indirect materials / spare parts), I noticed two curious facts. First, even in developed countries, industrial companies and providers of ERPs (enterprise management systems) are technologically very backward despite their specialization.
Second, those very little companies or experts who developed differentiated technology keep it as a safe and guarded trade secret.