Background: How important is the standardization of processes to the MRO supply chain? For one life sciences company, an aggressive growth-through-acquisition strategy exposed and even created a lack of standardization processes across the supply chain.
Over the last decade or more, the company has expanded its portfolio and manufacturing presence across North America and beyond, mostly through the acquisition of other companies and products. That rapid growth created challenges in establishing and sustaining manufacturing efficiency. While beneficial to the company’s bottom line, the acquisitions meant that plants now working together, or at least coordinating production, were dealing with different processes and systems – ERP and maintenance alike.