SAP MRO


What Is MRO

MRO (Maintenance, repair and operations) supplies are items used in the production process but are not part of the final product produced. MRO supplies range from office supplies to safety equipment to spare parts for production equipment.

Why Is MRO Critical to Companies?

On the surface, MRO supplies may seem inconsequential to the daily operations of a manufacturer. But nothing could be further from the truth. Consider a production line that suddenly stops working because of a broken belt. Without this part available in inventory, an entire line of production comes to a halt, resulting in costly downtime until the equipment is repaired.

Procurement is most often responsible for maintaining the inventory of MRO supplies. With a diverse range of products, it’s imperative to keep the proper stock on hand. MRO is supported by SAP and third parties by establishing a tighter integration between planning and operations. This ultimately leads to greater asset utilization and prevents excess inventory. Integration of MRO with normal business processes also improves data accuracy for customers across the enterprise. 

What Is MRO

MRO (Maintenance, repair and operations) supplies are items used in the production process but are not part of the final product produced. MRO supplies range from office supplies to safety equipment to spare parts for production equipment.

Why Is MRO Critical to Companies?

On the surface, MRO supplies may seem inconsequential to the daily operations of a manufacturer. But nothing could be further from the truth. Consider a production line that suddenly stops working because of a broken belt. Without this part available in inventory, an entire line of production comes to a halt, resulting in costly downtime until the equipment is repaired.

Procurement is most often responsible for maintaining the inventory of MRO supplies. With a diverse range of products, it’s imperative to keep the proper stock on hand. MRO is supported by SAP and third parties by establishing a tighter integration between planning and operations. This ultimately leads to greater asset utilization and prevents excess inventory. Integration of MRO with normal business processes also improves data accuracy for customers across the enterprise. 

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders

  • Keys to Building an Intelligent MRO Organization. In this article, learn how companies in the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry can leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things, and other intelligent technologies for a more intelligent MRO enterprise. Frank Klipphahn, Industry Solution Manager at SAP, says a focus on experience management (XM) is key to an intelligent MRO organization. By gaining a better understanding of the customer and feedback on product maintenance, that data can be used for a more efficient and intelligent MRO process. “The idea is that you can use both experience and operational data to guide business decisions and allow you to collect insights from customers, employees, and the product itself because we are dealing with smart IoT-enabled products.”
  • Data Integrity and Transformation Go Hand in Hand.

Read how data integrity around spare parts and heavy assets in manufacturing is the foundation for transformation. Prospecta CEO and co-founder Ranjan Bakshi says today, most companies are still managing their MRO spare parts without any standard procedure and lack data quality in the absence of a proper governance framework. This is a big hindrance in inventory optimization and management of spare parts. Leveraging a data quality enhancement tool has helped organizations improve their inventory optimization initiatives significantly, resulting in cost and process efficiency.

Other vendors in the transportation management space include: Consultare America and Wurth USA.

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    Keys to Building an Intelligent MRO Organization

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    In aviation industries, such as aerospace and defense (A&D), maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) organizations operate a very complicated framework to maintain their aerospace assets. In the SAP ecosystem, these assets involve many different business segments, and maintenance activities need to be planned for, executed, and documented — and in a timely manner — to…