Supply Chain Articles
Spare parts inventory optimisation is vital for high rail fleet operational availability
The two biggest challenges facing the rail industry in 2013 and beyond are the need to improve frequency and maximise operational effectiveness. All rail organisations require their fleets to perform with maximal efficiency, while minimising operating costs.
When a train breaks down, support is urgently needed to get the vehicle back in operation immediately which makes availability of spare parts absolutely vital. However, holding spare parts means capital tied up in stock combined with the risk of not having the right parts available in the right location. The Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) and spare parts inventories are fundamentally different to other inventory types. This means that many of the standard supply chain and inventory management tools and techniques just do not apply.
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Wind Energy Inventory Management
Wind energy is the only power generation technology that can deliver the necessary cuts in CO2 in the critical period up to 2020. The number of new wind power plants will increase and they need to be producing power to meet the aggressive goals.
Thousands of wind turbines has already been built in across the globe over the last few years, which means the aftermarket for equipment maintenance, replacement, and repair is about to take off.
An out-of-service turbine can cost $800 to $1,600 (USD) per day, with most repairs taking one to three days. This of course means is very critical to have the right spare parts in place so your service technicians can’t do their job. Poor or ineffective supply chain planning often leads to part shortages, excess inventory, increased rush orders, staff overtime and unorganized transportations.
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Syncron is a leading provider of aftermarket parts supply chain planning solutions. We have supported the most demanding manufacturing customers, such as Atlas Copco, Toyota Industries, Volvo CE, to streamline and optimize their aftermarket business. Our aftermarket inventory planning solution enable you to maximize your wind turbine up time while minimizing your supply chain cost improving your top-line and bottom-line performance.