This is surely not acceptable and yet these companies clearly allow this to happen
What if I told you that it is probable that one in two people reading this post work at companies that don’t apply even the most basic principles for managing their spare parts inventory?
Would that be surprising? Well, that’s the conclusion that I draw from reading a recent report on MRO best practices.
The report was released recently by the team at ReliabilityWeb.com and while I don’t agree with all of their conclusions and implied recommendations I do applaud them for producing a report with genuine content. (While the report is sponsored, the sponsorship is clearly stated and the accompanying notes indicate that the content was developed independently by Joel Levitt. You can download a copy of the report here.)
One feature of the report is that it includes statistics from a survey of companies. It is not clear (at least to me) how many were surveyed or what industry they are in but, having said that, two data points caught my eye.
Spare Parts Availability
First, for nearly half of companies in the survey, the required parts are only available 80% of the time or less. Wow! That means that one out of five times there is a part request, the required parts are not available. This is surely not acceptable and yet these companies clearly allow this to happen.
Worse than this, what if the maintenance task requires a set of 3 parts and each part is only available 80% of the time? In this case, the complete set of parts would only be available half the time. Which means that half of maintenance tasks would need to be delayed. What a planning and scheduling nightmare!
In my experience, there may be several causes of this:
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