3 Efficiency Perks of Using MRO Best Practices
When you explore how to improve efficiency in your manufacturing, what areas of operation come to mind first? Many of your fellow manufacturing leaders may turn to major departments like development, design, production, staffing, supply chain, sales, etc. Meanwhile, their maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) storeroom rarely makes the list of improvement projects, getting lumped in with plant maintenance services instead.
But when you fail to prioritize your storeroom, the effects can be bigger than you’d think. A poorly managed MRO storeroom can cause your facility to lose control of parts inventory and spending—and your MRO team fails to work as efficiently as it could. With the right solutions, however, a change in storeroom management processes can transform a perceived cost center into an asset management system that provides a competitive edge to your entire operation. Check out these three major advantages companies and plant managers enjoy when they optimize storeroom operations.
- Optimal inventory levels: Projects focusing on inventory optimization can quickly deliver ROI in the form of savings. An MRO asset management system delivers a big-picture view of all inventory and enables sharing, even across plants, allowing you to reduce storage space requirements and cut hours needed for parts management—all adding up to significant savings.
- Reduction in parts spending and consumption: A well-designed storeroom management strategy can cut spending and consumption in a number of ways, such as managing repairable parts more efficiently and using more strategic buying methods. A modern approach to industrial maintenance can also help you manage warranties more effectively, and component repair management can reduce equipment failures and lower replacement costs via MRO optimization.
- Better maintenance/technical team utilization: Improving your team’s use of time and energy may be the most promising benefit of better MRO storeroom management. With controls in place for storeroom access and activities, redefined roles and responsibilities and more, your team members spend less time in the storeroom and more on the plant floor performing corrective or predictive maintenance. That leads to less downtime—and better facility performance overall.
When implementing MRO best practices, it can be challenging to maintain focus, align new priorities and avoid falling back into old habits. But with some key partnerships and detailed planning, you’ll be on your way to more efficient manufacturing in no time. Read our whitepaper, “Storeroom best practices: 3 big payoffs toward achieving manufacturing efficiency,” to learn more about the advantages and first steps of MRO storeroom management.
Jeff Gilles is Director of Commercial Excellence for Advanced Technology Services, Inc.