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What does packaging and crating have to do with lean manufacturing? To answer that question one first must consider what lean manufacturing is. There are many tools that tend to fall under the umbrella of lean manufacturing such as 5-S work place organization, total productive maintenance, statistical process control, kan ban and single minute die change over. Perhaps the universal definition of lean manufacturing is the prevention and elimination of waste, where waste is any material or activity that does not directly contribute to the value of the product.
Materials used for packaging, storage and transportation are to a large extent waste. The packaging, while extremely important does not add to or enhance the functionality of the product. But in most cases eliminating packaging is just not feasible. However, there are several principles that can significantly reduce the cost:
Packnet knows that while you will never be able to eliminate packaging, the potential for cost reduction can be significant.