FT Gearing invited our design team over to their (location) manufacturing facility to view the manufacturing process and discuss suitable solutions on-site.
Columbus was supplied with a list of components for each part used in their manufacturing process, their respective drawings and batch sizes.
All trays needed to be contained within plastic cases with lids of the same size for handling and storage and individually labelled for easy identification.
Research and development (R&D)
To keep project spend down, Columbus explored the option of using our standard containers to eliminate new tooling costs.
Our extensive range of standard containers had to fit per component and correct number of impressions to suit the batch size and all containers needed to be held within a plastic outer case and lid and clearly identified externally.
Columbus provided between one and three containers for each part to provide a trial manufacturing batch.
Each container comprises a Columbus Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) tray; an outer plastic case and lid, a foam pad fixed to the underside of the lid to hold the components in place and protect contents during transit.
Each pack is individually identified for ease of future ordering.
FT Gearing now has closed loop returnable packaging to house each component’s manufacturing batch quantity, identified externally and of a standard footprint for ease of handling and storing within their manufacturing process which has resulted in:
Reduce component damage by 11%
Faster manufacturing process
Client: FT Gearing Systems
Sector: Defence and Aerospace
Operation: Supply precision components and gear technology solutions to the UK global defence and aerospace sector.
Project Requirement: Replace old packaging media used in the production process and replace with bespoke trays for manufacturing batch run quantities.