Your MRO Supply challenge
Maintenance, Repairs, Operations supply comprises the huge variety of goods and materials required to maintain production, both on your own lines and through the support offered to your customers in the field. Items include mechanical, electrical, electronic and pneumatic parts, associated tools and accessories, and a diverse range of consumable items from tool bits and inserts to personal protective equipment.
Demand may be scheduled, as in planned maintenance, or unpredictable, arising from accidents and breakdowns; and it may vary according to production programmes. Goods can be quite generic, or restricted to Original Manufacturer parts. Items are typically held and used across multiple locations, impairing visibility, frustrating supply and inventory management, creating waste, and encouraging ‘creative’ solutions such as rogue procurement and grey inventory.
MRO supply involves hundreds of suppliers receiving thousands of orders, often of low value and significance to the supplier, but any one of which may be critical to keeping your production on-line. Significant procurement effort is expended on securing these items, yet these costs are poorly recovered through the sale price of the goods produced.