Implementing a Spare Parts System for Enhanced Maintenance Management

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Spare Parts System Implementation: Client Requirements

Our client, located in China, had been facing a long-standing challenge with the running of their MRO (Maintenance-Repair-Operations) warehouse.

The goal was to design a system that would maximize the efficiency of managing spare parts.

Our Methodology

Our team worked with the client to develop a comprehensive system that included software, process reengineering, and automation. We built a custom database that allowed the client to track and monitor each spare part, and created a user-friendly interface to manage inventory, order tracking, and warehouse operations.

We began by thoroughly analyzing the current situation and defining our desired target. To move towards this goal, we implemented the 5S methodology, which is an effective tool for eliminating any useless or obsolete materials. Through its implementation, we were able to rearrange the useful materials and determine the necessary policies for stock management.

Additionally, we classified spare parts according to their importance and relevance to our operations. By using this technique, we have been able to ensure that the inventory was organized, up-to-date, and efficient.

The Outcomes

We managed to free up valuable warehousing space, with 50% of the shelves being freed up after its implementation. Our client also received a way of organizing their inventory with the help of labeling and location codes.

This made the search for items easier and faster, as the warehouse personnel was able to locate them in an instant. In addition, this helped reduce the time wasted on searching for items and improved the efficiency of the warehouse staff.

As a result, this project has provided our client with significant benefits, as they will be able to save time, effort, and money that would otherwise have been spent on searching for items. 

The spare parts allocated to each machine were cataloged and added to the WMS, and each row was provided with a comprehensive handbook on the wall.

This handbook provides an easy reference for anyone looking to retrieve any part from the shelves, which vastly reduces the time taken to find the right part. It also helps to keep track of inventory levels, allowing for a more accurate estimation of when spare parts need to be restocked. Having a handbook also ensures that staff is always up-to-date with the different parts required for each machine.

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