Optimization of Piping Components

The diversity and evolving product range of piping components often lead to several problems across procurement, design and production.



Impact on stakeholders


Solution and Approach


Do you recognize one or several of these symptoms?

  Insufficient alignment  between purchasing, design and production  leading to time-consuming adjustment cycles .

 Customer specific components need to be produced, while standard components can be purchased. However, these different kinds of components  require the same and optimal stock management .

 Use of different brands and types of  components that are not ideally compatible , leading to production issues.

 Lacking uniformity in the components is  causing issues in production .

 Wide variety of small suppliers, resulting in  higher complexity for both design and purchasing .

 Suppliers focused on delivering product group(s),  instead of enabling the best solution .

 Product rotations at your suppliers may lead to  problems in production, due to changed technical product specifications .

Multiple stakeholders are typically impacted by inefficiencies and a higher TCO. Recognizing these common problems indicates that there is room for optimization.

 Purchasing must deal with a wide variety of vendors, with often different ranges and different technical specificatios.

 Design Engineering is spending a lot of time adapting design to different components leading to multiple iterations cycles.

 Production is struggling to decrease lead time and avoid down time.

 Sourcing  must find (urgent) ad-hoc solutions for both standard, less common and project specific components.

 Administration has to follow up with the broad range of (small) suppliers, purchases and invoices. 


The overall goal is to optimize production with less down time related to instrumentation and piping components. At the same time, there are optimization benefits, creating direct impact at each department involved. 

Solutions and approach 

We always start from our ciustomer's perspective and their end-goal(s). Our value lies in optimizing the connection between design, sourcing and production.

Contrary to most suppliers, we do not start from our own catalog and our partnerships, which would restrict us from achieving optimal results for our client.

Our approach start with analyzing current piping components, followed by mapping out the needs at project level. Typically, we look at 2 different components 

A. Standard (trade) Components

Purchasing  primarily focuses on price and delivery reliability, while  design  looks at technical requirements, and  production  wants the right components at the right time to ensure smooth production.

We consider all aspects , from technical requirements to product availability and price levels. This allows us to create the  ideal components mix , which is then implemented and underpins  conformity  throughout Design, Purchasing and Production.

B. Customer specific compsnents

Customer specific components  require a different approach , whereby we use our technical knowledge and hands-on insights, to facilitate production.

We map the components used and analyze the opportunities for optimization perspective, including technical specifications and price level benchmarks.

Last minute modifications, extended lead times, and variations in minor threaded components typically result in an average of about 20 issues per project, each of which could jeopardize production time. 


The overall  Total Cost of Ownership  is haevily impacted by the following benefits:

The need for  daily ad-hoc emergency  solutions is significantly reduced, by using the predefinef ideal components mixes. 

By no longer viewing each component as a separate part but rather as a combination of multiple components,  Design and Production  are  simplified , and the likelihood of deviation decreases. 

Production achieves  faster turnaround time with less downtime  through optimized availability. More qualitative processing of components is enabled by structured support and training.

These B-components  no longer  cause  downtime  during production and the  total cost  for this group of components could be reduced significantly.

More conformity across the stakeholders , enabled by a higher inventory predictability and clarity on the available alternatives for components used in production.

Benefits for each stakeholder 


  • can apply a more simplified and uniform product selection, covering the full range.

  • does not have to focus on the supplier capabilities but can work from the full requirements demand. This saves time and ensures more predictability and conformity.

  • can reduce costs through economies of scale, centralization and optimized supply chain.


  • has to look less for ad-hoc solutions for both standard, less common, and project specific components.


  • realizes reduced lead times, with less downtime.

  • creates more qualitative solutions through structured support and training.

  Design Engineering

  • can use a standard components library and can easily reduce the number of project specific, while achieving more uniformity in the designs.

  Supply Chain

  • optimized supply chain through project grouping and/or kanban


  • sees a deduction in the number of suppliers, purchases and invoices

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