Material Master Cataloging Services

Process industries are quite asset-intensive and executives keep an eagle eye on how to maximize ROI on assets, while also putting in reliable maintenance programs and contingency plans for unexpected failures.

A key aspect of plant and equipment uptime is the availability of spares – which requires a framework to forecast the demand for spares i.e., the fill rate, consumption rates, stock out rates, etc. And for such a framework to function efficiently, an accurate material catalog is the critical backbone, as it provides credible visibility into what spares the company buys and stocks. A good quality material master catalog can enable better supply chain control, enhance spend analytics, improve sourcing and support decision making within an organization.

Benefits of Material Cataloging

Benefits of Material Cataloging

Poor vs Enriched Data

The big challenge for organizations is to maintain the quality of material master data over time. Due to multiple systems and lack of standard taxonomy defined across ERP, EAM, MRP, PLM systems, supply chain stakeholders lose control over the sanctity of data. Very often, mergers and acquisitions create disparate systems within the organization, resulting in conflicting and incorrect materials data.

At Enventure, we provide end-to-end catalog creation and maintenance solutions, for Material and Vendor Master Cataloging, that enable companies to manage and track inventory levels, mitigate supply chain risks, and thereby enhance profitability. This is achieved by initially defining a data standard, followed by cleansing, normalizing and enriching data as per the defined standard.

Here is an example with poor vs enriched data of a spare part:

Bad data vs good data

Common Errors in legacy data and its impact
  • Non standard naming
  • Inconsistent formation in data
  • Inconsistent application of UOM
  • Poor searchability
  • Unable to identify duplicate spares
Advantages of Enriched data
  • Standard naming convention
  • Enabled grouping and sorting
  • Consistent material description
  • Applied Standard UOM
  • Identified and eliminated Duplicates

Enventure Cataloging services

  • Data audit and assessment
  • Gap Assessment
  • Business impact and ROI analysis
  • Master data schema / taxonomy definition
  • Establish data governance systems
  • Parts rationalization
  • Strategic sourcing
Data Enhancement
  • Integrate legacy data from multiple systems
  • Cleanse, dedupe, standardize and enrich master database
  • Classification based on MESC / UNSPSC / eClass / eOTD / NAICS / ETIM
  • Update SKU information to latest specifications
  • Catalog development
Data Governance
  • Systems integration across ERP / PLM / CMMS platforms such as SAP, Oracle, Maximo, and others
  • Managing new SKU introduction into ERP
  • Periodic data maintenance and refresh
  • Monitoring and reporting on data quality

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