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Lean Maintenance-Does It Impact Reliability? Lessons Learned and Best Practices
The main cause of lean maintenance failure is that companies fail to focus on asset reliability. The reliability approach to capacity, which includes risk

item reliability  The ability of an item to perform a required function under a stated set of conditions for a stated period of time. Thus without maintenance we have no reliability and without reliability, no maintenance, so what are the failures or trip wires , as I call them, that we see in lean maintenance implementation? Lack of focus . Ask operations and maintenance the same question: Where should we focus our efforts to improve operational performance using lean principals? and you'll get two different answers. Read More

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Avoid the Perils of Service Parts Planning in Supply Chain Management
Significant differences exist between the new parts production supply chain and the service and replacement parts supply chain. Companies using conventional

item reliability  how much of an item is to be purchased or manufactured at one time, with the intent to minimize the combined costs of acquiring and carrying inventory. The basic formula takes into consideration annual demand, average cost of order preparation, annual inventory carrying cost percentage, and unit cost. Needless to say, such simplified formulas are not applicable for spare parts where there is demand for an item is little, uncertain, or not at all. Thus demand variability or uncertainty is another issue tha Read More
MRO and Spare Parts Management Considerations
The need for better service parts management is finally gaining top-level management attention in many aerospace and defense (A&D) and like complex

item reliability  a capabilities file by item number that automatically determines if the user is allowed to perform the work which needs to be done, assuring the shop only undertakes repairs on items for which it is certified. Last but not least would be a variance of IPL, called illustrated parts breakdown (IPB) system, which is essentially a computerized, interactive tool used to develop an owner's manual to assist in the MRO of large end items such as aircraft. The system maintains all data required for the compositi Read More
Attributes of Sarbanes-Oxley Tool Sets Part Two: Information and Communication, Monitoring, and Startup Tips
An earlier article, Audit Considerations for Enterprise Software Implementations, included a brief discussion of the use of computer-based tool sets and

item reliability  the purchase of an item to illustrate the monitoring component. The first rule is that the item purchase be from a known, legitimate, supply resource with which the corporation has a relationship. The same rule applies to the reason for the purchase. The internal resource to which the item will go may be product inventory, cost center inventory, or equipment or services. Depending on GAAP rules, the nature of the purchase and the business policies of how to allocate the cost of different purchases, the to Read More
Reliability Driven Maintenance--Closing the CMMS
The metric of plant maintenance should now be in the ability of the plant to meet the strategic goals of the company beyond customarily expected cost savings

item reliability  required to restore an item to a satisfactory condition; remedial maintenance —unscheduled maintenance performed to return a product or process to a specified performance level after a failure or malfunction. Yet, the real total costs of reactive maintenance to breakdowns would emanate from lost production, poor product quality, lost sales, poor safety record, late deliveries, increased work in progress (WIP), shortened technical lifetime of equipment, etc. Thus, the 1980s and 1990s have evolved into th Read More
Building Reliable IP Telephony Systems
Reliability is the most critical aspect of a business phone system. However, there are different approaches to providing reliable voice over Internet protocol

item reliability  Reliable IP Telephony Systems Reliability is the most critical aspect of a business phone system. However, there are different approaches to providing reliable voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) systems, which is why you need to consider the reliability of the underlying data network—and the challenges of implementing a virtually always-available system on an infrastructure that has a much lower availability rating. Read More
Managing Customer Returns and RMAs Using Microsoft Dynamics AX
Returned material authorization (RMA) built on sales order functionality, such as that used by Microsoft Dynamics AX, can drastically simplify RMA processes.

item reliability  customer return. Each line item indicates the item, quantity, ship-to location, and expected receipt date for a customer return; it also indicates the credit amount and cost of the item. The line item information can be copied from a previously invoiced sales order, thereby copying the item’s original sales price and cost. RMA processing builds on sales order functionality. Each RMA has an associated sales order ( termed the returned order ) for handling returns, and an optional second sales order ( Read More
CMMS Templates for Effective Implementations Part Three: 7 Steps to Rapid More Successful Implementations
With the advances today in technology it has become obvious that there is a need for maintenance management theory and practice to catch up with the advances

item reliability  Templates for Effective Implementations Part Three: 7 Steps to Rapid More Successful Implementations CMMS Templates for Effective Implementations Part Three: 7 Steps to Rapid More Successful Implementations Featured Author - Daryl Mather - April 3, 2003 7 Steps to Rapid more Successful Implementations The template approach to CMMS implementations is designed to provide a successful format to CMMS implementing, as well as a jump start to projects via the use of pre-defined, flexible practices and Read More
The Art, Science, and Software behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing: Part 1
The “Four Ps” of marketing strategy, also known as the

item reliability  In plain English, sheer item volumes are overwhelming and manual pricing is tediously labor-intensive. Ineffective pricing strategies (e.g., based on corporate-wide blanket rules) and inadequate pricing IT tools (e.g., spreadsheets) additionally aggravate the situation. Ancient Methods No Longer Work Existing approaches that incorporate an understanding of consumer demand into retail pricing decisions generally have been limited to modeling sample data sets to provide limited insights. As a result, Read More
How Do You Categorize Servers?
The term 'PC Server' encompasses a wide range of computing hardware features and functionality. So, how can the entire range be subdivided into more manageable

item reliability  Do You Categorize Servers? How Do You Categorize Servers? R. Krause - September 5, 2000 Overview In the world of Wintel-based Servers (a/k/a PC Servers), the types of machines offered are as varied as the applications for which they are used. Although it is risky to apply terms too broadly, we can break the server market into six segments, and provide a guide to the features and characteristics of each. (There are other ways the market can be segmented - we have chosen this because it more accessible Read More
Achieving Effective Inventory Management
In today’s competitive business environment, wholesale distributors face critical factors that directly affect customer satisfaction and profit margins. These

item reliability  24% margin than an item with a 20% margin. That is because most salespeople are paid based on gross margin. However, the company does not necessarily receive a better return on investment on the product with a 24% margin. The ROI depends on the average value of inventory the company must maintain to generate sales of the item. The average inventory investment depends on such factors as: Cost of the item. Variations in customer demand. Reliability of the vendor and method of transport. Quantities that Read More
Are Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced common supply chain challenges and resulting spend management opportunities for companies of all sizes. The article then

item reliability  a description of the item to sell, along with a starting price (traditionally set above the item’s true value) and the minimum acceptable price, which is the lowest price the seller is willing to sell the item for. The price continues to decrease by a seller-specified amount at seller-specified intervals until either a buyer stops the event by bidding at the currently displayed price, or the price drops below the minimum acceptable price, in which case there is no winner. A uniform price auction  is a Read More
802.11n Primer
The 802.11n standard promises to extend today’s most popular wireless local area network (WLAN) standard by increasing reach, reliability, and throughput. The

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Analyzing Manhattan Associates’ Supply Chain Platform Play - Part 1
My recent article on Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ: MANH) and RedPrairie Corporation stated that these two vendors continue to duke it out at almost every large

item reliability  facility, carrier, lane, and item class. On the distribution management side, examples of pertinent metrics would be as follows: average number of purchase orders (PO’s) received per shipment, total number of  multi-stock-keeping unit (SKU)  inbound license plate numbers (LPNs) received, and total number of PO’s received. On the other hand, receiver, hour, SKU, and date would be examples of some relevant dimensions. Enter Total Cost to Serve (TCS) For its part, the Total Cost to Serve (TCS) Read More
Is There a Way to Avoid Lengthy Catalog Numbers?
A sales configurator needs to be able to

item reliability  maybe the problem of item parts proliferation will motivate vendors to create an adequately packaged set of solutions in the future. Broan-NuTone recently turned to Webcom to address its PIM and product information library (PIL) needs (instead of turning to just any traditional PIM vendor), and will have some interesting results to talk about in the future. Broan (www.broan.com) is North America's largest producer of residential ventilation products, such as range hoods, bath fans, and indoor air quality Read More

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