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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Learning the Complex World of MRO

March 25th

Corporations need to take a closer look at the real world differences of the MRO supply chain and the cost differentials that exist in support of a reliable plant. Read More

A Devil’s Advocate’s Canard

December 12th

In a recent presentation to an organization of reliability professionals, I put forth an educational concept that could release optimum value from the total cost of MRO operations. My talk included how to predict the future effect of MRO pricing on total c… Read More

LTAs: Price vs Total Cost of Ownership

November 15th

A major food company hired me to find out why their MRO inventory was increasingly out of control. Upon investigation, I determined that their Corporate Procurement was very strong in that all plants must use the Long-Term Agreements (LTAs) negotiated for … Read More

MRO Stores and Reliability

September 21st

Companies invest substantial sums in Reliability Programs and fail to recognize how the unreliability of the typical MRO stores operation depletes the very reason for the investment. All sophisticated predictive maintenance programs cannot function proper… Read More

There are MRO Buyers and then There are MRO Buyers

July 30th

There are shining examples of MRO buyers who can conceptualize opportunities and provide reliable value to their employers. Read More

The Ultimate 3PMRO Process

June 22nd

Fred, the purchasing director for ICE Fish Co, has recognized that the MRO storeroom consumes an inordinate amount of personnel time from all departments. The MRO buy is just 4% of the total buy; it creates 75% of the transactions processed, an upside-dow… Read More

The MRO Buy: Around and Around We Go

May 24th

The most severe problem is the loss of expertise that occurs when the company staffs the MRO operation with storeroom clerks. This causes Facilities and Engineering personnel to take on the burden of new sourcing and finding state-of-the-art product infor… Read More

Unfathomable Situation

March 28th

Supplier #3 has proved its ability to perform and to achieve the specific goals of the company. With no history of success with the company and little understanding as to what is needed, the only avenue for other responders is to cut prices on the market b… Read More

Shoot Low--They're Riding Ponies

March 5th

Companies just do not seem to realize the burden they assume in operating the MRO process. Maintenance managers, as well as maintenance management companies, strive for excellence in their operations via “Lean”, “Six Sigma”, etc. and yet they walk right by… Read More

Is It Really Gone?

February 8th

Yes, prices were reduced on those parts where compliance existed. Where the process was circumvented, there was no price benefit. The claim of a percent reduction on the total MRO spend did not occur. Read More