George E. Krauter

George Krauter, former founder and president of Industrial Systems Assoc. [I.S.A.] has retired as vice president of Synovos.

Currently, he has initiated, "George Krauter Consulting [GKC]"  for effective reliability and cost recovery for consumers  of MRO materials. George is a recognized authority on the management of the MRO supply chain and support for maintenance reliability programs. His book, "OUTSOURCING MRO...FINDING A BETTER WAY" is available from Amazon and from Reliability Web.com.

He is published in Uptime, Modern Distribution Management, and Supply and Demand Chain Executive. George has conducted seminars across North America, in Europe, and in the U.A.R. as well as a guest speaker at Temple U., Howard U., Duke, and MIT.

George is a graduate of Temple University; he lives with his wife, Joyce, in Bucks County, PA. All grand kids live within eating distance. He can be reached anytime:   georgekrauter@comcast.net.

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An MRO Wish List for the New Year

December 29th

Looking back at the year that has just flown by, procurement managers have much to be proud of…and some challenges to be frustrated about. One area of concern is MRO. On average Read More

Maintenance and OEM Strategies Surrounding Price and Reliability Costs

December 10th

OEM’s publish data that directs the users of their products on how to maintain those products; however, many do not have the experience of actually maintaining the equipment they have sold. Read More

Outsourcing of Indirect Spend Dollars is Common Practice. Why is MRO Different?

November 21st

Total spend in manufacturing facilities can be placed into three categories: materials for production; projects for capital investments; and parts and services for indirect expenditures. Although there seems to be a dearth of information regarding percenta… Read More

Tips for Navigating Productivity-inhibiting MRO Supply Chain Silos

November 9th

Conflicting goals within the silos of the ERP/EAM process are disrupting overall MRO productivity. To address the issue, the problem first needs to be acknowledged and then solutions Read More

Unit Price or TCO: Which Best Defines Optimum MRO Cost Recovery?

October 27th

Does optimum maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) cost recovery come from reductions in unit price or from decreases in total cost of ownership (TCO)? In many cases, Read More

The Purchasing MRO “Mumpsimus”

July 19th

Mumpsimus is defined as: “The adherence or persistence to an erroneous practice out of habit or obstinacy…A person who persists in a mistaken practice.” Read More

Unforced Errors…Unforced Costs

May 22nd

In the world of sports, reference is made to unforced errors that add to the reasons for losses. In tennis, an unforced error occurs when a ball SHOULD be returned to an opponent. However, when it Read More

How Master Data and Master Data Leadership Simplifies Business and Cuts Costs

April 20th

In the world of MRO supply chain management, “master data” refers to applying proper and Read More

Make No Mistake: Trying Something New in MRO is Worth the Risk

March 1st

Keeping the status quo is safe, especially when change is considered radical, aka MRO outsourcing. Are the benefits of change worth the risk? How would you know if you do not investigate the potentials? As Albert Einstein said, You can’t make a mistake if … Read More

Alea Iacta Est. The Die is Cast

February 2nd

It has always been a dilemma for me to understand why companies continue to operate their own MRO storerooms when lack of proper MRO management is a major cause of downtime, worker inefficiency and a drain on plant reliability levels. Read More

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