Creating accurate maintenance Bills of Materials (BoMs) for your safety-critical equipment helps improve maintenance efficiency and effectiveness. High-quality BoMs can improve almost every aspect of maintenance, reduce unnecessary spare parts inventory, make the lives of maintenance planners easier, and increase wrench time.

Accurate maintenance BoMs can be extremely helpful for finding and selecting spare parts in your EAM system. However, poor-quality spare parts data affect the quality and usefulness of your maintenance BoMs and can impact the efficiency of your maintenance processes.

Poor-Quality Materials Data Creates Poor-Quality BoMs

There are many ways that poor-quality materials data can hinder how efficiently an asset-intensive company can use their maintenance BoMs. If your spare parts are inaccurately named, are missing certain characteristics, or are obsolete, finding them in a BoMs is going to take more time and effort than if your EAM system contained high-quality spare parts data. What’s worse, poor-quality spare parts data may mean that there are no BoMs in your EAM system at all.

Poor-Quality BoMs Decrease Wrench Time

If spare parts cannot be located within your EAM system, this leads to even more time spent building maintenance BoMs that may not be accurate because of poor-quality spare parts data. If spare parts cannot be found in your EAM system, then the BoMs that require them cannot be created. As a result, time may be wasted waiting for spare parts to be created in the EAM system and other tasks are delayed until specialized materials management resources can fulfill the request.

After maintenance and reliability team members create maintenance BoMs there is a backlog of time required by EAM specialist resources to verify that the BoMs data is correct and load it into the EAM system.

These additional steps can be costly. They may also lead to decreased wrench time, unplanned downtime, or a backlog of tasks. As well, creating reports or analyzing information based off these poorly built (or even non-existent) BoMs becomes a much more cumbersome and extensive process.

Make Your BoMs Greater Than The Sum of its Parts

A materials cleanse can help correct the poor-quality spare parts data that leads to the inefficient use of and the inaccuracy of your maintenance BoMs. Parts descriptions and characteristics become accurate, duplicate and obsolete parts are removed, and naming conventions and processes become standardized. Having a materials cleansing solution that enables your spare parts to be easily searched and selected can make a big difference in saving your plant time and money.

If you would like to learn more about how our solutions can help you cleanse your spare parts data, book a demo, and our team would be happy to help you!

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