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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.

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 ZEUS 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.

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.

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

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

Jay brings 20 years in production manufacturing, warehouse operations, and variety lead positions expertise from companies such as Astec Industries, Watts Regulator, and Holt Cat.