This IDC Manufacturing Insights Perspective looks at the spare parts supply chain as it pertains to the manufacturing industry. Building off a report published by IDC Manufacturing Insights in December 2014, we look at two dimensions of spare parts planning (SPP). The first dimension is that of adequately planning and maintaining spare parts for in-house maintenance of factory or fleet assets; the second dimension, and perhaps the more important one, is to support the aftermarket servicing of products and assets sold to end-user customers. It is certainly also possible that these two dimensions can "blur." A piece of machinery, for example, in use in a manufacturing facility may be maintained and repaired by the current owner, or it may be maintained and repaired by the company that originally provided the asset. In the latter case, that could be construed as aftermarket service.
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