Central spare parts warehouse: 
Availability and cost reduction are the key advantages

Andreas Dienst, Plant Manager Tamm:

That's the right move. As a result, we will achieve faster availability of spare parts and lower inventory costs thanks to lower inventories.

Andreas Hartung, Plant Manager Rippershausen:

Spare parts management is a very important element given our large amount of machinery and the high capacity utilisation of the machines. We simply cannot afford to let machines stand idle because of a lack of spare parts. At the same time, of course, they also are costly to maintain with spare parts. This is why we have to set up the spare parts management for cost-intensive parts and parts with long delivery times across plants. This can reduce costs and improve downtimes. This is possible within the group because our machinery is standardised in many places. We use the same machines in Pfedelbach, Tamm and Rippershausen. We also have daily factory transports between the sites. Therefore, it only makes sense to centralise spare parts management and coordinate it across plants.

Jürgen Rudolph, Plant Manager Pfedelbach:

The biggest advantage is definitely the lower capital commitment. I imagine a three-tiered system to ensure the best possible availability for our production facilities. 1. Cost-intensive spare parts with long delivery times are procured and stored centrally within the group. 2. Cost-intensive and inexpensive spare parts with short replacement times are procured by each plant itself, if necessary. 3. Inexpensive spare parts with longer replacement times are kept in stock by each plant itself. The intelligent integration of the above mentioned factors based on the knowledge and experience of our employees is a good starting point for achieving the lowest possible capital commitment and high machine availability.