George Krauter currently serves as Vice President for Synovos in Radnor, Pa. He is recognized as the originator of the concept that became known as “integrated supply.” He has participated as a guest speaker at Reliability 2.0, ISM Indirect Conference, International Maintenance Conference (IMC), The Conference Board, and events for APICS, SMRP, and ISM professional chapters.
George is recognized as an authority on methods to achieve reliable, maintenance-connected MRO storerooms; he has published his experiences in Uptime Magazine, Food Manufacturing, My Purchasing Center, and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. He holds a B.A. and M.B.A.A. from Temple University (Philadelphia) and has conducted seminars internationally (Oslo, Abu Dhabi) as well as sessions at Duke University, MIT, Howard University, and Temple. He lives in Bucks County, Pa., with his wife Joyce; all grandkids live within eating distance. You may reach George by phone at 610-246-6492.
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
Duplicate parts exist under different names, descriptions and brands. There was one plant that had AA batteries under six different names in six different storeroom locations. Why does this happen? From an overall view, it happens because of lack of attent… Read More
In most cases, the MRO buyer will see 3PMRO as a process that will eliminate the buyer’s job. In the real MRO world, the MRO buyer is elevated to a higher level of supervision via managing this new process (3PMRO) that has provided new channels of profitab… Read More
The “world class” MRO storeroom provides continual cost recovery, high efficiency and lower investment costs. World class, as defined, provides optimum return on investment (ROI) while connecting MRO management procedures to the needs of maintenance lean r… Read More
In a recent Uptime magazine editorial, Terry O’Hanlon stated, “To know about being up at bat in a major league baseball game is very different than experiencing being at bat in a major league baseball game.” May I say that knowing about MRO management is a… Read More
Why do companies that manufacture products also operate hardware stores, i.e. their MRO storeroom? It certainly is not their area of expertise! Conversely, profitable hardware stores do not manufacture anything; they provide logistics to their markets for … Read More
Dystopia is defined as an imagined place in which everything is unpleasant or bad. Those who went on to Yale, et al., were considered to be going to a “dystopian” situation (did not get to college, dead-end jobs, etc.); nothing could have been farther from… Read More
Companies should recognize that every plant function is a candidate for cost recovery and increased productivity. Ignoring the MRO recovery potential because, “this is the way we have always done it” is not consistent with goals of increased productivity. Read More
Let’s look at atypical MRO scenario where the MRO storeroom is apparently performing fairly well since there are few complaints from maintenance management. Typically, maintenance just stops complaining and will take on necessary activities to supplement a… Read More
A major target of cash/cost recovery is MRO inventory that is not moving, the items considered to be obsolete. CFOs are usually charged with recovering the cash that is invested but, in the case of critical spares, there are times when so called dead inven… Read More