Like any set of data, MRO materials data can become difficult to manage. When a business is managing thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of spare parts, ensuring all that spare parts data is accurate and up to date can be challenging. A materials cleanse is a great way to improve the quality of your materials data. A cleanse is an opportunity to review the spare parts in your EAM system and ensure all the data is useful and set up to ensure effective spare parts management.

Optimized Spare Parts Data

Maintenance inefficiencies can occur because your spare parts data contains descriptions that do not adhere to any sort of naming convention, your spare parts are not classified with relevant characteristics recorded, or because spare parts get added to your EAM system multiple times and result in duplicates. These scenarios make it significantly harder for maintenance technicians to select and find the correct spare part and make it challenging to analyze your spare parts data. A materials cleanse allows you to eliminate duplicated and obsolete spare parts and implement standards for your spare parts data that enforce naming conventions.  

Strategic Spare Parts Sourcing Decisions

Making your spare parts data easier to manage and understand with a materials cleanse helps you and your workers to make strategic sourcing decisions when it comes to buying replacement parts. A materials cleanse can help you discover cheaper alternative sources for buying spare parts as you become more familiar with their characteristics. It can also prevent incorrect orders that happen because of inaccurate spare parts data and result in departments purchasing unnecessary spare parts.

Reduced Maintenance Costs

With accurate spare parts data, you are less likely to spend money on unnecessary replacement parts which reduces the cost of maintaining equipment. By extension, this can also reduce a plant’s replacement asset value (RAV), the amount of money that would have to be spent in order to replace the production capability of the current assets in the plant. Having data that is accurate and more easily searchable can also mean that the time spent on maintaining equipment is reduced, which allows managers to allocate more resources towards productive wrench time.

Increased Productivity

Inaccurate spare parts data leads workers to spend an unnecessary amount of time searching the EAM system and other sources of documentation for the information they need rather than performing the tasks at hand. Maintenance processes can run behind schedule as maintenance workers take more time to understand the details of their work orders and the materials needed to complete them. What’s worse, a plant can face critical and unexpected downtime because of the human errors that are often an inherent by-product of poor-quality data.

Consider Cleansing Your MRO Materials Data

A materials cleanse could be the right step towards improving the quality of your materials data. A cleanse is a chance to review the spare parts in your EAM system and ensure that all the information in your system is both useful and accurate. A cleansing solution makes it possible to easily add or delete information, search up spare parts quickly, and standardize the naming conventions of equipment in your system. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you with an effective and efficient materials cleansing project, please contact our team!

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