Edison Mission Energy
Edison Mission Energy (part of the Southern California Edison family) has been an SMS client for many years.  Their Midwest Generation operation in Chicago uses both the Description Management System (DMS) and SMS to manage their inventory.  They process over 160,000 parts across 7 locations.

Initially, EME was unable to accurately report inventory values because of duplicates, part numbering inconsistencies and acquisitions.  Their first order of business was to implement our DMS software to edit and correct item descriptions in the database.  The database started with 220,000 items and was cut back to 160,000 items after finding duplicates and incorrect numbers.  The result of DMS was a more recognizable numbering scheme.  Descriptions became consistent and synchronized with suppliers.  Realignment of the on-hand inventory - now tracked to the proper part number revealed exactly where the excess inventory was.

SMS was implemented after DMS had been used to correct the database descriptions and part numbering.  Identifying the excess inventory was easy after DMS.  Resetting the "MIN" values and the EOQ values was the next benefit for EME.  SMS corrected these values in days.  The third benefit was unexpected by EME - time savings.  Before SMS there simply was no way to analyze inventory.  All ordering was triggered by incorrect - and often too large "MIN" and "MAX" values.  With proper ordering values in place, SMS made the task of inventory ordering a small job taking only a couple of hours each week.

Inventories have been on a steady decline for years.  Spares are coming back to reasonable levels and all new items must be set-up using the New Spares screen with management approval.

Dale Johnson says "I have the job of making sure DMS and SMS are implemented for all our stations.  I can track the progress of each site with my master copy of SMS and the results are great.  With the help of the DMS package we are controlling duplicate inventory - and saving big money.  Our service levels are improving - all while inventory investment is dropping."