Service Parts Planning Articles

How to Understand Four Spare Parts Management Methods
What this Article Covers The Development Environment The Basic Part Selection Logic of the Availability Maximizer Why Cost of the Part? Why the Expected Additional Demand Satisfied? The Objective Function The Specifics of the Objective Function for Part Purchases Fill Rate Estimation The Zero Demand ...
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How MCA Solutions Should be Remembered
What This Article Covers What are Some of the Important MCA Solutions Contributions to Supply Chain Planning Software? What Will Happen to the MCA Product? Optimizing Service Level or Inventory Investment What can Other Companies Learn from MCA? Introduction Servigistics recently acquired MCA Solutions. This ...
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Order Fill Rate Versus Backorder as a Service Measurement
What This Article Covers Backorders or Order Fill Rate The History of MEIO Research and the Backorder Service Measurement for Service Level A Comparison to a Recent Paper and its use of Backorder Service Measurement The Superiority of the Backorder Versus Order Fill Rates Why ...
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Understanding the (S, s-1) Inventory Policy
What This Article Covers Muckstadt and the (S,s-1) Inventory Policy What is S? What is s? (S,s-1) as a Specialized Form Introduction In several articles previous, the (S, s-1) inventory policy is discussed. For this reason, it made sense to create an article which explains ...
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How to Best Understand a Heuristic Algorithm for Service Parts
What This Article Covers What is a Heuristic Algorithm? How can a Heuristic be Compared Against an Algorithm? A Metaphor for Comparing Heuristic Versus Optimization What is a Meta-Heuristic? Introduction This post documents an email discussion between myself and Wayne Fu regarding the heuristic algorithm ...
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Why SAP SPP Continues to Have Implementation Problems
What this Article Covers Bringing Up SPP in the Market The Partnership with MCA SPP Project Problems How About Ford? Reference Accounts for SPP? Simulation Capability Enhanced with Best of Breed SAP’s Product Management Approach with SPP Introduction The pathway is not clearing for SPP ...
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service-labels
What This Article Covers The Idea of the Service Label. How the Label Would Benefit Consumers. The Likely Resistance it Would Face. How Estimates for the Label Would be Generated. Introduction After spending some time researching the topic of serviceability or repairability of parts, I ...
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How to Get Public MTTR, MTTR Statistics for Hard Drives
What This Article Covers  What is the Status of Public Information on the Failure Rates of Hard Disks? Meantime Between Failure, Meantime to Failure, Meantime to Repair Where are the Studies on MTTF or MTTR for Hard Disks? Meantime Between Failure Service Parts Forecasting Vendor ...
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Why OEMs Should Stop Controlling Service
What This Article Covers How Automotive OEMs Limit Competition in OEM Parts. How do OEMs Control OEM Service? Video or Repairs as a Way Around OEMs Control. The desire to control is not an attractive feature in individuals or companies. Too many OEMs follow a ...
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Using Online Video for Service and Repair
What This Article Covers How the Use of Video Greatly Improves Repair. How YouTube can Serve as a Service Repair Instructional Database. Videos for iMac Repair As we described in our previous post, we recently had a hard drive in our iMac crash. After learning ...
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Planned Obsolescence and Why Items Are Becoming Less Serviceable
What This Article Covers What is the Long-Term Trend on Product Serviceability? What are Some Obvious Changes to Serviceability of Products? What is Planned Obsolescence? Historical View on Planned Obsolescence Planned Obsolescence Redefined What is Perceived Obsolescence? A Story of How Serviceability of the iMac ...
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Automotive Subassembly Outsourcing and Who Really Made Your Car
What This Article Covers Who Produces Most of the Cars that We all Drive? The Structure of the Auto Industry Manufacturing Network What Does this Mean for the Evaluation of Service Parts Networks? New Information In a previous post, we wrote about the inefficiency of ...
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Why Car Dealerships are Mostly Useless for Car Service
What This Article Covers Why Car Dealerships add so Little Value to the Car Service Process. How Monopoly Power Makes Automotive Dealers Lazy and Makes them Rest on their Laurels. What a Better Model Would be for Providing the Same Car Service Provided by Dealers ...
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How to Best Understand The Target Stocking Level and Minimum Stock Level
What This Article Covers What is a Target Stocking Level? How is it Related to the Target Inventory? Where is the Term Found in Software? The Minimum Stock Level and Maximum Stock Level TSL and Target Inventory in SAP Why is it Such an Important ...
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How to Understand Why Auto Parts Distribution is So Inefficient
What This Article Covers How the Aftermarket Car Parts Market in the US Works What are the Major Problems with Automotive Dealer Networks for Aftermarket Car Parts? Big Problems in Automotive Service Parts Networks In our previous post, we discussed the problems with how automotive ...
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