Want to Learn About Multi-Echelon Optimization? Here's How

Written by: Bradley Rhoton

Service parts planners often stock inventory based on each location’s target fill rate. Applying this approach can quickly lead to excess inventory with little effect on a customer’s asset availability rate.

A supply chain is a powerful system. Therefore, wouldn’t it make sense to utilize the relationships between stocking locations to minimize inventory costs while ensuring parts are available when and where they’re needed?

This is the driving principle behind multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEO), a service parts management function within Servigistics. PTC’s Vinod Arekar and Steven Caldwell recently hosted a 30-minute webinar describing the functionality behind MEO, covering: 

  • How MEO plans inventory across multiple levels, locations and costs.
  • Examples of MEO at work in Philips Healthcare, Pratt & Whitney, and Hewlett Packard.
  • Metso’s multimillion-Euro savings as a result of utilizing MEO.

You can watch the replay of the webinar below:

Arekar serves as a PTC Fellow, Global Services, and played a monumental role in developing Servigistics’ MEO algorithms. He is regarded as one of the most reputable service parts thinkers in the industry. Right now, he leads strategic initiatives within PTC’s Servigistics Business Unit, and has implemented service parts management solutions in the A&D, Healthcare, and HiTech Sectors.

Caldwell is Vice President of Solution Management at PTC, and oversees the company’s Service Parts Management, Service Parts Pricing, and Service Network Management solutions. He has been with Servigistics since 2002, championing key development initiatives associated with the product.

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About the Author

Bradley Rhoton

Bradley Rhoton is the Marketing Manager for the Servigistics Business Unit at PTC. He leads and organizes the Servigistics client affinity group organizations and facilitates best practice sharing and knowledge transfer between PTC, PTC clients and industry thought leaders. For 13 years he has worked closely with Servigistics clients to help capture their service program accomplishments and share their success stories.