The best practices in manufacturing can help in producing the highest quality product possible, but all that can go for naught if the product does not ship safely to its destination.

The importance of proper packaging cannot be stressed enough. Below are a few tips for ensuring the proper method is used.

1. Will the system be flexible? Make sure the system meets the “takt” time (the maximum time allowed to produce a product in order to meet demand) with one to three resources. The slower the production time, the fewer resources should be needed.

2. What is the product volume to be packaged? This is important when determining your ROI. Also take into account packaging material cost, labor content, energy consumption, rework/scrap cost and capital equipment expenses. Maintain a balance between making sure the product isn’t damaged and overspending on excessive packaging.

3. Know what your customers require. Do they require cardboard or shrinkwrap. Can you package with engineered products, which are ready to use out of the box and require no additional equipment investment?

4. Although packaging does not add sales or market value, it can be considered a cost-reduction mechanism. If implemented correctly, it can improve the overall performance of the product, and the production environment.

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Wrapping up: 4 Items to Consider 

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