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HOST: Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP, of MotorDoc LLC, and SMRP Government Relations


Logistics and the supply chain are critical to just-in-time (JiT) and the maintenance organization. They also rely heavily on data integrity. Weaknesses in this area became apparent with inability to meet demand, starting early in the 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on business-to-business and business-to-customer delivery. Supply-chain systems are advancing, but still remain individual silos in relation to the associated ERP systems. That’s of particular importance to RAM professionals since some of the challenges directly affect operations and maintenance of facilities.

In this interview with logistic/supply-chain expert Robert Bain, we discuss supply-chain reliability, logistics, transportation present and future, and the potential impact that the lessons learned from 2020 can have on improving these systems going forward, including in the areas of technology and automation. (1 HR. )



Robert Bain is a long-time logistics/supply chain veteran, holding a variety of roles in operations and sales, as well as leading teams of up to 100+ individuals in these types of organizations. His focus is on the advancement of supply chain visibility and optimization through technology, and he aims to bring together many disparate channels of his enterprise partners to create creative, cost-effective, and impactful logistics solutions. Bain is based in Des Plaines, IL.

Howard Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP,
 is Founder and President of Motor Doc LLC, Lombard, IL. Among other things, he’s a Past Chair of the Society for Reliability and Maintenance Professionals (SMRP), Atlanta (, and currently serves on the organization’s Government Relations Committee. Contact him directly at, or, and/or visit

Tags: reliability, availability, maintenance, RAM, supply chain, logistics, just-in-time, JiT