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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 procurement has led many companies to waste spending as it is often the least considered expense of a company's consumables. To help reduce wasted spending, we've broken down the four most common MRO procurement mistakes committed by companies. Learn more about these mistakes and how you can fix them to make your company more profitable.

Predictive Inventory Management

Min/Max inventory management often causes more headaches than it resolves. MRO isn’t always consistent and predictable so this management method often creates incorrect stock levels for the items you need.

MRO Services

SDI understands that not all companies are ready or able to take on a complete overhaul of their MRO supply chain. This is why we offer several fundamental MRO services that translate to cost savings and profitability while placing little stress on limited resources and managerial commitment. Learn about the quick wins that can make an immediate improvement on your bottom line.

maintenance strategy for manufacturing firms

Whether your maintenance scheduling and inventory control tasks depend on SAP, Maximo, Asset Suite, eMaint or another CMMS, it is only as good as the data it uses. With clean, complete data, manufacturing firms can rest assured that the right parts are in stock at the right time and in the right place. Continue reading to learn more.

Facilities Management Data

While it may seem convenient to have your facilities service providers procure your MRO items for you (after all, they probably get volume discount pricing, right?), these providers often charge a significant markup off of list pricing, particularly when the costs are rolled into the overall price point. Learn about how Facilities Management Data Analytics can help you take back control of this unneccesary spend.

analytics platform

Effective supply chain management depends on having the right information at the right time in the right place. ZEUS, SDI’s analytics-as-a-service platform, delivers actionable data to decision-makers in real time, fostering better decisions and faster speed-to-value. With ZEUS, companies can optimize their maintenance, repair, and operations supply chain in several meaningful ways. Continue reading to learn more.

sdi at procurecon

In this article, SDI explores disruptive technology and globalization and the effects this has on the manufacturing and supply chain industries. Bob Steinhagen, SDI's VP of Facilities Management Solutions at SDI, had the honor to speak at ProcureCon Facilities in Fort Lauderdale. At the event, he spoke about flaws in the RFP process, and how a Request for Solution (RFS) provides a more collaborative approach and leverages the supplier’s expertise.

Facilities Management Program

SDI’s facility management services help reduce costs, increase operational excellence, and control risks. With customized plans built specifically to address client needs and pain points, they can often save upwards of 15% during the first year. See what makes up SDI's Facilities Management Program

sdi gear

SDI is capable of helping any company make a few incremental improvements in order to deliver real benefits now and lay the groundwork for greater supply chain optimizations with steps that are scalable, customizable, and draw on few in-house resources.

It's an MRO New Year

As 2017 comes to an end, it is time for organizations to reflect on what worked well and what did not work well, and apply takeaways to next year. MRO is a complex and often neglected area that can often use improvement. Discover your 2018 MRO New Year's resolutions.

Success Story

It is important for my MRO supply chain provider to have a general understanding of my business--SDI knows my business from end to end.

SDI at Work

Today's pace of change does not conform to yesterday's methods or business cultures. In this blog post, SDI explores the dynamics of internal colleagues as well as rapid changes in terms of market disruptions and technology advances. 

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

Kristen's history of developing innovative methods and identifying cost-saving opportunities makes her an asset to connecting each of our clients’ enterprises to their overall MRO supply chains.