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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Failure and Success--and Wrong and Right--in MRO

January 4th

The MRO store is a failure, looked on as a drag on operations, ergo, always bad. However the MRO failure represents opportunity for success. If machines did not fail, there would be no reason for vibration analysis, no need for lubrication testing, etc., a… Read More

Six Downtime Dangers from Unreliable MRO Management

December 1st

If a malfunction in the manufacturing process continued to cause reliability problems, and negatively affected throughput, it would be addressed, corrected, or discontinued. Why is the unacceptable MRO condition allowed to continue to exist? Read More

To Change or Not to Change

November 2nd

Let’s look at the real world of MRO cost-recovery activity. First and foremost, any savings generated that benefit a single discipline certainly should not be at the expense of plant reliability. The benefits of the cost-recovery effort must accrue to all … Read More

History Lessons?

October 5th

Is this confusing or what? Why not recognize success and failure, the good and the bad, and simply follow the good. The problem is that trying to guide associates away from the bad and to the good usually does not work because many need to experience the b… Read More

Necessity and Determination Win the Day

September 11th

There was a purchasing manager (let’s call her “Ms. AM”) who had the responsibility of purchasing all capital investments for her company, a large dollar assignment. Under the concept: If you have problem area that needs to be corrected, give the problem t… Read More

10-20-70 and Glenn Close

August 3rd

A corporate investment group purchased a successful MRO integrated supplier based on its existing profit performance, but most of all for its growth potential. They expected that every manufacturing facility with a MRO storeroom would outsource their MRO o… Read More

No Labels: A Bipartisan Concept That Must Succeed in MRO

July 1st

As in government, many manufacturing, institutional and commercial companies have internal quasi-political situations that result in gridlock which disrupts optimum application of problem-solving and change procedures. Read More

MRO Grain of Sand Stifles Procurement

June 1st

If the “the mountain ahead” is delivering a reliable plant, then MRO can be the “grain of sand” that stifles you. Consider the investments some companies make to guide/ teach/ apply techniques and concepts to help organizations achieve competitive products… Read More

Integrated Supply vs. integrated supply

May 1st

With a menu of options, each labeled “Integrated Supply,” the provider is basically saying, “Here is what we have. What do you want?” The dedicated provider should be able and willing to see the need to improve the supply chain to optimum and then design a… Read More

It’s April Fool’s--How’s Your MRO?

April 1st

On April 1, it can be stated that: The world of MRO in all MRO storerooms has reached perfection. MRO operations are providing world-class support for all maintenance reliability programs, 100% of the time, while providing sustainable productivity benefits… Read More