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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Data standardization is part of Google’s new initiative to help people find relevant datasets.  With a recent study from Data Science Central, it’s estimated that data scientists spend 60% of their time preparing data for analysis, rather than performing the analysis itself.  Therefore, the goal of this schema is to drive standardization so that more time can be spent analyzing it.  

Employee Spotlight

Peter has worked for SDI for 11 years. Peter is married and has two sons, Michael and Anthony. He enjoys golf, fishing, and the outdoors.