The origin of the packaging demand
LouwersHanique has its own clean room where modules for the high-end industry are manufactured. The separate components are (partly) manufactured externally, cleaned and validated for cleanliness. Initially, all separate components were controlled separately on the basis of the requirements of our own MRP system. Due to an increase in modules, the need arose to make the logistical flow more efficient.
“At that time, we chose to make a kit for each module that contains the parts to build this module,” explains Jeroen Verspaandonk, Product Manager BU Assembly at LouwersHanique. “These individual parts are offered per kit by our component supplier and go to an external party who cleans and validates them. Then this kit comes to us in stock, ready to be assembled into a module.”
LouwersHanique eventually came to Faes with the request to develop seven different flightcases, each with a unique insert, which had to be usable for the various modules. A kit had to consist of four flight cases in which the parts were optimally distributed in relation to size and post-processing.
"To this day, packaging is still the forgotten subject, so this had to change."Jeroen Verspaandonk | Product Manager BU Assembly at LouwersHanique
Clean packaging with unique identification
“Despite the fact that these crates are intended as expedition packaging, we still want to use a look that suits these high-end machine parts,” Verspaandonk explains further. “For the inserts, we chose the light blue colour that makes external contamination quickly visible. If a case eventually becomes dirty in terms of its insert, it can be taken out of the circuit to be cleaned. We want to create awareness among people and thus prevent unnecessary build-up of contamination over time.”
In addition to clean packaging, a conscious decision was made to ensure that the cases are as universally usable as possible after manufacture, despite the specific shapes of the individual components. That is why each box is coded after manufacture. This makes it clear for which kit the box is used in the production process. It also indicates which kit it is in the overall kit. This makes it immediately clear which kit is involved and whether all kits are present. “The kits are still used today as originally conceived,” Verspaandonk explains. “Even with future changes in parts, we expect the kits to remain deployable due to the shapes chosen in terms of inlays.”
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The products in the package are well protected against external impact. In addition, the components now go through the logistics process as a defined kit from the outset and remain clearly arranged together.
“The cooperation with Faes went very well despite the high delivery pressure. The communication with account manager Corné van de Voort went smoothly and efficiently, as did the manufacturability session with designers. It left a positive impression on us. Every detail was picked up and handled immediately, nothing was left to chance”, Verspaandonk concludes with satisfaction.