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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.

This article takes a close look at how SDI successfully helps manufacturing  companies manage and control their  tail spend, ultimately resulting in significant companywide savings through improving both efficiency and productivity.

In this final part of our three-part series, we take an in-depth look at how configuration-based integrations outpace code-based integrations with overwhelming organizational benefits.

Industry 4.0

As the leading provider of MRO services, SDI is at the forefront of technological developments that will harness the power of the IIoT to align tasks, streamline production, and eliminate waste. This article provides in depth examples, continue reading to learn more about how SDI uses the Internet of Things and how it can better your business. 

Last month we talked about how game changers always begin with a good amount of skepticism, a great amount of pain, and an overwhelming drive to make things better. The second part in this series gives a real-life example of how that drive to improve led to impressive business results for Ascend Performance Materials.  The second part in this series gives a real-life example of how that drive to improve.

SDI Technology Suite

Many companies do not place great value on MRO technology and instead redirect their limited IT resources to “higher value” business initiatives. In this first part of a three-part series, we set the stage on how integrating SDiExchange helps exceed performance goals and increase savings.

Six Sigma Principals

Using Lean Six Sigma techniques, SDI can help transform your MRO supply chain into an efficient, value-adding operation. Using our products, services, and expertise, we can develop solutions to common indirect supply chain problems.

Technology Center

SDI invites engineering, production, and procurement professionals to learn more about how the Industrial Internet of Things and digitization is transforming manufacturing process at our Q2 Innovation Symposium. Learn more about this upcoming event.

Improving MRO through Communication

Improving communication will streamline company’s MRO supply chains, leading to better business results.munication includes not only transferring and sharing information, but also collecting the right data, evaluating it, and acting on it to strengthen strategic and tactical decisions. Improving communications along the supply chain is key to profitability in an ever more competitive environment.

This year's first quarterly Innovation Symposium was hosted earlier this month, with the theme being: "Tail Spend: The eProcurement Perspective." Over 50 Procurement professionals gathered to discuss various methods to managing tail spend. The discussion ranged from research, MRO, service agreements, processing, to pricing methodologies.

critical spare parts

Determining critical spare tool parts and managing them properly can be extremely beneficial to your operation for many different reasons. Doing so can increase uptime, lower shipping costs, increase productivity, and allow you use your space, money and other resources efficiently.

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

Dan has been at SDI for over 8 years as a CDL driver at Central Receiving in Golden, Colorado.