Client: G & D Vickers
Sector: Defence and Aerospace
Operation: Manufactures parts for the aerospace and defence sector from simple pressings such as shims to complex precision pressings and fabricated assemblies
Project requirement: Transit packaging required to protect copper plated electric motor conductors that were getting damaged in transit.
Solution: Total storage and transport protection of electric motor conductors between G&D Vickers, their customer AND the end user
Improved handling system
Modification of existing unit
Short lead time
New transit packaging was required to prevent damage to copper plated electric motor conductors resulting in the costly rework of components.
Delivering components in perfect condition was also essential to G&D Vickers retaining an important customer.
Columbus was appointed to provide a transport protection solution between G&D Vickers, their customer, and the end customer.
Research and development
The Columbus team were invited to the G&D Vickers factory in Witton Birmingham to view components and the manufacturing, storage and transport processes.
The team established that retaining flatness and stability was essential as dimensional accuracy of the copper conductor was essential.
Causes of transit damage were identified and further to discussions with G&D Vickers and their customer it was established that a single motor requires 36 conductors which due to their dimensions and vulnerability are best transported in batches of 12, therefore three packaging units were required containing 12 conductors each.
In an effort to keep costs to a minimum Columbus first evaluated standard v bespoke packaging solutions and others ways of keeping costs to a minimum.
Columbus were able to modify the design of an existing tray
Modification of an existing tray and lid that met the transportation and storage needs of both G&D Vickers, their customer AND the end user without the container having to be opened thus guaranteeing component integrity throughout.