Came across this article in the Supply Chain and Executive website. It highlights the need for an efficient Supply Chain operation supported by an effective information data e.g. catalogue. Many organisations ignore the Supply side and only give some attention when an essential spare part cannot be located and for the want of it, operations are severely jeopardised or completely stopped. The cost can be enormous. Take an offshore well head - some platforms are producing $7M profit per day. Someone's backside could be sore if operations were to cease because an MRO part required to repair an unscheduled break down is not readily available. The part may only cost $1 (plus attendant administrative costs) but its lack can be catastrophic. The article is well worth a read and can be accessed at: http://www.sdcexec.com/article/10874700/mro-t..