Manufacturing

2020 Lumber Market Impact on Wood Packaging

"Unprecedented" is readily becoming the word of the year for 2020.  The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of our lives. The lumber market is not exempt from these effects. It all started with curtailment during the first stages of the pandemic here in the United States. Following that came the...

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Critical Business and Packaging

The Department of Homeland Security issued guidance on "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers", as executed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The nature of businesses across the United States are varied, so this guidance provides direction to help local agencies and communities determine which businesses are critical for uninterrupted...

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Breakables on the Manufacturing Line: How to Handle Efficiently

The tastes of today’s consumer have done more than just popularize ecommerce. It’s enforced an expectation that goods are available almost immediately. This has all manufacturers evaluating their processes for efficiency, but it’s even more important to a company that manufacturers any breakable parts. Adding mass and speed to...

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Packaging and intra company transports

Many companies manufacture products that require transport between company plants for the various manufacturing processes.   Many businesses have “centers of excellence” located in different parts of the world that specialize in a specific capability.   There could be a number of reasons for having different factories located in vastly different...

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Packaging and Agile Manufacturing

Most US manufacturers have implemented, or are in the process of implementing a continuous improvement program.    There are a number of successful and widely used programs to choose from and each program has lots of variations.   Lean Manufacturing, Just in Time, Theory of Constraints, Total Quality Management, Quick Response...

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Lean manufacturing and custom packaging solutions

One of the lean manufacturing exercises that many businesses do is called a “value stream analysis”.  Basically one reviews all activities of your manufacturing/order fulfillment process and ask the question: “What value does this operation add for the customer?”   If the operation doesn’t add any valued functionality, then that...

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