Data Collection Improves MRO Supply Chain Management

Dustin Caudell
Mon, May 12, 2014

Supply chains are not a set-it-and-forget-it business process. They must constantly adapt to changing consumer trends, government regulations and new best practices. The most versatile supply chains not only react to outside influences, but also analyze internal data to determine how they can improve efficiency and productivity. This information can be used to mitigate the time and cost associated with maintenance, repair and operating (MRO). 

With automated data collection, information on the time and route of materials throughout the warehouse or plant allows supply chain managers a more clear picture of their operations. Companies can better prepare for scheduled maintenance and unexpected repair with reliable information.

Organizations must constantly look for new ways to improve their operations with minimal interruptions. Improved data collection will not only help prepare for future investment, but can drastically improve daily operations simply by cutting down on the redundant tasks performed by employees. Paper-based data collection is not only more prone to errors, it is also slower. The monotonous task of recording and filing data by hand does little for employee moral and searching for the data can be just as challenging as recording it. 

Integration solutions with existing ERP
One of the most important aspects of automated data collection is that it can help the entire enterprise operate more efficiently, not just the warehouse or plant. Organizations are realizing that supply chains impact their entire business and what happens within can be used to improve processes throughout the company. With access to real-time information, all departments can work to adapt to changing situations on a moment's notice. Silos between different departments are also torn down, and communication throughout the company will become more meaningful.

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