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How Mobile Printing Streamlines Rig Supply Chain & Warehouse Processes

To survive and thrive, the oil and gas industry must work more efficiently than ever, especially in a low-crude price environment. To make the supply chain more streamlined, I see many rig owners trying to operate with a lower headcount but not using technological advances to make the tasks easier for […]

Data

The Top 10 Challenges When Cleaning and Converting Master Data

Dirty data is a big problem—and too many companies don’t know how to handle it. According to a 2013 Gartner study, 20 percent of the information inside a database is of poor quality, and it’s costing organizations an average of more than $14 million every year. Data cleaning is a challenging […]

True Costs of Physical Count Errors in the Energy Industry

The True Costs of Physical Count Errors Inventory counting may not be the most exciting topic, but it is a critical one – especially in the oil and gas industry. Many companies in the space have hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of spare parts in their inventories at a given time. […]

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Waiting, waiting….It’s been a week and still waiting and I am still waiting. The value of Value Stream Mapping

I was recently a part of a Value Stream Mapping project for a company. During my discussions with process owners, one of the main complaints was time. More specifically, time to close out certain business activities. From purchase order creation, approval for expenditures, item master/material number creation through the accounts […]

Things to Consider When Conducting Year-End Physical Counts

We’ve looked at ways to improve inventory accuracy for oil and gas projects, such as increasing transaction discipline, labeling items clearly and using the latest technology. Yet inventory control is a constant challenge. There are many parts involved, and each one is important. Tracking each part is critical to rig success. Recently, […]

Challenges of Doing a Physical Count

Is Your Inventory Control System "Rigged" For Success?   John couldn’t believe what he was hearing from his OIM. “We are going on downtime for not having WHAT?” he asked.  Apparently, his company had run out of VX Gaskets (metal gaskets for the wellhead) after the last few were used […]

Lean Process Management

Words of Process Improvement Wisdom During times of financial stress and heightened market volatility, we often hear these words being used in efforts of reducing overhead. Words such as “Lean, efficient, cost control or reductions, and so on.” When the market pendulum swings back from a bull market, we often […]

What Do Materials Coordinators Do?

  What do materials coordinators do vs. what others in oil and gas think they do?   Materials Coordinator= Storekeeper, Offshore Materials Administrator, OMC, Materialsman or similar.

Free Rig Warehouse Checklist

Rig Warehouse Checklist for Managers Bobby said goodbye to his family late one night and got on a plane to a distant city.  The next morning, he woke up at 3:30 AM to meet the helicopter departure time of 7:00 AM, leaving him bleary-eyed and a bit tense. Bobby’s phone […]