Whether or not to standardize equipment and spare parts is one of the enduring debates of engineering, maintenance and spare parts management.
On the one hand, standardization is said to lead to improved operating and manpower efficiency, as well as reduced inventories; on the other hand, not standardizing is said to enable companies to take advantage of technical developments and innovation. One thing that is certain is that the impact of explicit pros and cons are hard to quantify and will be specific to the individual circumstance.
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Posted by: Phillip Slater