Packaging is typically the last task in a production process, especially in an assembly system. If an assembled product is sold as a single unit, its packaging is normally performed by the last workstation, in order to obtain a ready-for-sale product. Moreover, assembled product often comes with its accessories, packaged all together and supplied to the customer as a single unit: a sales kit. Due to the variety of products and accessories, the variety of kits is continuously increasing, requiring a complex definition of the best packaging strategy to adopt. The present paper aims to analyse the packaging problem in a production system, identifying and comparing the packaging strategies. These strategies provide, through a comparison model of total cost functions, a decision-making procedure for operations managers. Through a simulative study, a set of convenience areas for each analysed packaging strategy is derived. The findings from an industrial case study are also reported to validate the proposed methodology

Packaging strategy definition for sales kits within an assembly system

FACCIO, MAURIZIO;GAMBERI, MAURO;PILATI, FRANCESCO;BORTOLINI, MARCO
2015

Abstract

Packaging is typically the last task in a production process, especially in an assembly system. If an assembled product is sold as a single unit, its packaging is normally performed by the last workstation, in order to obtain a ready-for-sale product. Moreover, assembled product often comes with its accessories, packaged all together and supplied to the customer as a single unit: a sales kit. Due to the variety of products and accessories, the variety of kits is continuously increasing, requiring a complex definition of the best packaging strategy to adopt. The present paper aims to analyse the packaging problem in a production system, identifying and comparing the packaging strategies. These strategies provide, through a comparison model of total cost functions, a decision-making procedure for operations managers. Through a simulative study, a set of convenience areas for each analysed packaging strategy is derived. The findings from an industrial case study are also reported to validate the proposed methodology
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