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Articles

Below are the latest MRO focused articles published by SDI. These articles are provided to further educate users on MRO and the industry as a whole.

MRO does not constitute a single category, but many--each defined by its specific optimal inventory level, maintenance schedule, supplier options, and hundreds of additional variables. Potential savings and efficiencies lie in an in-depth understanding of these categories and their characteristics.

Best Practices to Increase Efficiency and Productivity while Reducing MRO Spend

SDI’s own Reliability Engineers, Harry Woodard and Robert Schwenk, will be presenting their paper, "Best Practices to Increase Efficiency and Productivity while Reducing MRO Spend," at the 21st annual Maintenance and Reliability Conference, March 6-9, 2017.

Excellence in MRO

SDI is a proud sponsor of the Excellence in MRO Awards, which aims to build a community of committed MRO professionals and inspire excellence. Learn more about the awards, entry process, and how you can expand your MRO knowledge.

Take a deeper look within the three important trends that will help tranform your MRO managment. Take advantage of these strategic opportunities to better lead your company with today's trends. Learn more.

SDI starts the conversation of the last frontier in procurement, tail spend. SDI gathers with research analysts, subject matter experts, and practitioners to take a further look within the subject. Also learn more details on the upcoming event, Innovative Symposium.

Tail Spend

Unmanaged tail spend often accounts for company's losing millions of dollars in profit each year. Learn about the importance of gaining control of this spend category and the effect it can have on your business.

Warranty & Repair Strategy

Research shows that typically 10-15% of items are repairable, representing about a 5% savings against total new item spend. As part of our Asset Life Optimization strategy, SDI has a process for tracking repairs and performing root-cause failure analysis that allows us to more easily identify common failures for our clients, and address them. Learn more about this exciting new offering from SDI.

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) was developed in the 1960s to help evaluate how effectively the equipment in a manufacturing plant is being used. It’s a relative measure, so it is an extremely valuable tool to assess how and where to get performance improvements in the MRO supply chain and manufacturing processes. Learn more about the importance OEE can have on your facility and how to measure it.

SDI Inaugural Open House Event

October 20th marked SDI’s Inaugural Open House – a quarterly event hosted by SDI and strategic partners. Read more about how our Open House brought together clients, prospective clients, and friends alike to discuss new technology. 

Transaction Processing

All companies strive to keep their supply chain costs as low as possible, but many do not seem to be able to drive out inefficiencies in their management of indirect spend. SDI’s MRO transaction processing service reduces costs and increases efficiencies by solving the most common problems plaguing companies’ indirect spending.

Success Story

Our former solution provider was not independent; they were a supplier of parts. It's not the best thing to have a supplier be your MRO outsourcing provider. With SDI, we have a truly independent sourcing agent looking after our best interests.

SDI at Work

In the third post in this series on MRO As-a-Service by Spend Matters, Pierre Mitchell and Michael Lamoureux talk about how managing MRO as a process delivers benefits from efficiency to effectiveness and beyond to an evolutionary phase. The next generation of value, MRO-as-a-Service, helps organizations build intelligent, agile, scalable and integrated supply chains (direct and indirect).

The project team has worked its way through Define, Measure, Analyze, and Improve. It’s time to begin the Control phase. The key stakeholders gather to evaluate the solution as implemented and create a plan to sustain the improvements. The goal is to standardize the improved processes, establish an audit schedule and schedule periodic follow-up to identify additional opportunities for improvement.

Employee Spotlight

Marceine is in her 14th year with SDI. She is in Purchasing and takes care of Process, Malting, Utilities, and Waste Water.