Service Parts Planning Articles

Executive Summary There is basic parts selection logic of the availability maximizer which includes the cost of the part. Topics surround the expected demand satisfied, and the specifics of the objective function. Service parts management must be able to deal with zero demand situations. Service ...
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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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Executive Summary One can use backorders or the order fill rate. We compare a recent paper and its use of backorder service measurement and why backorder is superior. Introduction The vast majority of articles on this website that discuss service measurement tend to focus on order fill ...
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Executive Summary Muckstadt and the (S,s-1) inventory policy is covered in this article. We cover what is S. We cover what is s. Introduction to S, s-1 Inventory Policy In several articles previous, the (S, s-1) inventory policy is discussed. For this reason, it made ...
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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 to Heuristic Algorithms This post documents an email discussion between myself and Wayne Fu regarding ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Executive Summary The target stocking level is the target per product location combination and is a very important concept. The target stocking level is different from the maximum stock level. We cover how different supply planning methods can incorporate a target stock level value. Introduction: Using ...
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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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