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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 Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and Agile Manufacturing are some of the programs that are currently being used. Each program has a purpose to improve quality, reduce response time, lower costs, or most likely “all of the above”.
Many companies that have adapted one or more of these programs have seen enormous improvement. While each of the programs and tools are different, they all are aimed at improving key business metrics and improving the businesses competitiveness. While we are not experts in these tools and programs, we believe that all have three common elements that drive success:
One of the processes or operations that should be considered in any continuous improvement effort is packaging and crating. In the past, the completed product went to the stock or shipping department where products were put in hand build crates or standard cardboard boxes. Most of the time the packaging system was “designed” by someone in the shipping department. Unfortunately the packaging systems did a poor job at protecting the product during shipping or storage. Loading and unloading was inefficient and created ergonomic stresses on the worker. Packaging systems often required companies to inventory bulky materials, using valuable factory space for a non-value added process. The smart way to handle improvement in the packaging and shipping area is to bring in a specialist.
Packnet is focused on custom packaging systems for industrial products. By offloading the design, fabrication, storage of packaging products to Packnet, businesses not only get a superior packaging system, but they can better focus on their core competency. In some cases, Packnet actually comes out to the factory and performs the crating and loading. Packnet can pre-kit packaging systems and deliver them just in time so that the company saves space and carries less material inventory. Packnet can design systems are more efficient to use, ergonomically better for the operator, superior at protecting the product and take up less space than your current packaging system. In the end, letting Packnet handle your packaging and crating needs will lower your costs and improve your customer’s satisfaction. Packnet is proud to play a role in your company’s continuous improvement program, contact us today for a free packaging assessment.