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Integra develops Schneider Electric dressed crate redesign and safer packing processes

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Integra Packaging redesigned a packaging solution for long-time customer Schneider Electric to save significant time and money.

Dave Ormesher, Site Manager Brisbane observes that the solution will exceed $100,000 per annum in savings if one were to add the consumables and productivity improvements. 

As part of a continuous improvement agenda, Integra decided that cost and risk improvements could be made to their customer’s supply chain through a specific design efficiency exercise. 

Sean Clark, Integra Senior Sales Executive and Pack Audit team member for the Group describes the process of improvement in the following steps:

Challenge:

Redesign a range of dressed crates to reduce total cost and improve safety during the packing process for the Schneider packaging team. Assist tangible supply chain efficiency and produce savings.

Solution:

Integra worked closely with Martin Findling (Schneider Electric’s mechanical industrial engineer) and the Schneider packaging team at their Eagle Farm factory over a two-month period to redesign the range of five different-sized dressed crates and their internal fitments. Drawing on its group knowledge, Integra Packaging delivered a solution that reduced cost and risk.

Results:

The Integra team reduced the range of five different sized crates down to two units with the all-new, effective internal fitments, improving Schneider packaging times and total cost. With the crate redesign, Integra passed on procurement savings of $51,000 to their customer.

Customer response:

Schneider Electric appreciated Integra’s efforts to initiate the continuous improvement program around the dressed crates. Dave Ormesher said that the savings of $51,000 over eight months for the crate alone is great, but once the consumables and productivity improvements are added, the savings will exceed $100,000 per annum.

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