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Continuous Improvement

When improvement is continuous, savings are continuous.

It bears repeating: distributors only offer piece-price reductions – it’s all about the parts.
SDI views enterprise MRO from a more comprehensive 360º perspective. We consult directly with your planners, engineers and production and maintenance personnel to connect the dots and uncover opportunities for significantly greater savings across the board. Your supply chain can be complex – savings can be revealed in places you’re not accustomed to investigating.

No more rogue spending.

As policy, we track every MRO savings opportunity – from testing and approval through implementation. We then drive the improvement process to deliver significant savings year after year, lowering the total cost of ownership. Reliably, not sporadically. This approach helps eliminate the inevitable rogue spending so common in fragmented operations.

Examples of Continuous Improvement.

OEM Commercialization:

Resourcing or ‘right sourcing’ standard MRO products identified by manufacturers as OEM parts can provide significant savings up to 50%. That’s not even counting the savings from the inventory reduction that results when parts are ‘commercialized’ to readily available sources.

Product Standardization:

Beginning with a data cleanse, we standardize parts by identifying product duplication – by both manufacturer and part number. When performed across an entire enterprise, the reduced inventories can be staggering, and the leverage for additional price negotiation is greatly strengthened.

Success Story

It takes a progressive manager to push the organization to look at indirect spend and managing it in a different way - but once you see it, then you realize the opportunity.

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

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