Next up this week requires an investigation into obsolete parts in your EAM/CMMS systems.
Obsolete parts in your systems and, by extension, your inventory can pose problems for your upkeep operations if they aren’t managed proactively. Obsolete parts occur over time as vendors release updated equipment versions and recommend new spare parts for old materials.
Why Parts May Become Obsolete
(1) New Materials
First and foremost, improvements in equipment may result in some of the spare parts from older models becoming obsolete. Vendors may also improve some of the parts for existing equipment and recommend against using older versions of the parts rendering them effectively obsolete especially if there is a safety concern.
(2) Inaccurate Demand Expectations
Next, if demand for a spare part is lower than anticipated, it can become obsolete before all the shelved parts are used. Moreover, predicting demand for spare parts is complicated and requires both expertise and effective use of your EAM/CMMS system. Expectations for spare parts demand will become more accurate as the warehouse’s expectations for maintenance parts turnovers are adapted.
Issues Stemming from Obsolete Parts
To begin, not being proactive in obsolete parts management can bring complications with plant/warehouse delays. Operations won’t have a chance to normalize and meet production potential if maintenance processes are accustomed to regular delays.
(2) Left on the Shelf
Next, if obsolete parts aren’t managed properly and efficiently, warehouse inventories could be stacked with old and forgotten maintenance materials. Not only would this be a hit to revenue but now the organization would need to coordinate its eventual removal.
How We Can Help
Find out how you can manage obsolescence of spare parts more efficiently and proactively with a demo in NRX AssetHub or our brochure to learn more.
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