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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 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.

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) was developed in the 1960s to help evaluate how effectively the equipment in a manufacturing plant is being used. It’s a relative measure, so it is an extremely valuable tool to assess how and where to get performance improvements in the MRO supply chain and manufacturing processes. Learn more about the importance OEE can have on your facility and how to measure it.

SDI Inaugural Open House Event

October 20th marked SDI’s Inaugural Open House – a quarterly event hosted by SDI and strategic partners. Read more about how our Open House brought together clients, prospective clients, and friends alike to discuss new technology. 

Transaction Processing

All companies strive to keep their supply chain costs as low as possible, but many do not seem to be able to drive out inefficiencies in their management of indirect spend. SDI’s MRO transaction processing service reduces costs and increases efficiencies by solving the most common problems plaguing companies’ indirect spending.

3D Scanning Technology SDI

When you’re one of the largest beverage and brewing companies in the world, and a filler gear fails on the line, time is money.  Learn how SDI's 3D scanning technology can save you time and savings!

Success Story

SDI is an MRO integrator and partner that really helps drive categorization and a best practice approach.

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

Shirley is a high-energy leader with distinctive people skills and is a key element of SDI’s Marketing and Business Development organization and growth strategy.