Maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) describes the maintenance activities conducted regarding aircraft and aviation. Often, MRO are professional services provided by a variety of businesses and experts, working with different segments of aviation including business and commercial aircraft, helicopters, military, and more. For aircraft in general, there are various set FAA guidelines for required inspection, repair, and overhaul to ensure that aircraft remain airworthy and safe to operate. MRO is an important service to ensure aircraft remain airworthy, and these providers play a very integral role in supply chain management.
With MRO being important for the management of aircraft, their condition, and airworthiness, it is important for buyers to have an effective MRO infrastructure with inventory and spending management. With effective MRO practices, buyers will find decreased downtime of equipment, organized spending and budgets, as well as happier stakeholders.
To aid buyers’ budgets, measuring MRO spending should be done as a percentage based amount rather than a set number. As maintenance and repair parts do not need to represent much more than a small amount of inventory, three to ten percent of one’s procurement budget is what is recommended to be set towards these services and parts. The popularity of one stop MRO distributors are also rapidly increasing with time and can often supply most needed parts and services from various aircraft manufacturers. By working to narrow the amount of suppliers for parts procurement and utilizing one stop shops, buyers can reduce the amount of spending for MRO and create a manageable inventory sourcing system.
When it comes to managing inventory and purchasing, it is recommended to have total accountability for all parts, as well as avoid making hasty purchases that may lead to unneeded expansion of inventory. It is also important to keep track of, and keep stock of all part types that are to be used for MRO services. Having a strong MRO procurement system with parts in the stockroom ready when needed will create trust and strength in your strategy. By optimizing inventory management and spending, more efficiency and supplier accountability can be achieved.