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Finalize Containerization Strategy


Establish the optimal container for every part at every inventory location. Create a list of approved containers to minimize confusion and proliferation of container types and sizes.

Assess Current State of Containerization

Document the “Current State” of your containerization practices, including a list of all approved containers currently in use. What are the decision-making guidelines currently in use to determine the desired container size?

Document Containerization in PFEP Database

Develop a list of container codes based on the list of approved containers, and create a column in the PFEP database to document them. If you have different containers for the same item (depending on the storage location), be prepared to capture this information also.

Identify Part Critical Dimensions

Populate PFEP database with the critical dimensions of each item. Include a “Nesting Factor” is the parts can be nested to increase the part density in the container. Make sure to include the weight.

Select Container to Fit Calculated OH Qty

Determine and document the optimum container size for each item. This step can be largely automated if the necessary input data is available. There will be some exceptions, but you should be able to determine the optimum size for 90% of the items via a rule-based approach.

Review Container with Line Design Team

Perform a team review of the container selections. Once you have create an initial list of proposed containers, review your analysis with the Line Design team. The container size may have an impact on the line layout, so this team needs to be included in the decisions.

Develop and Deploy Containerization Audit

A “Lean Management System” dictates the need for a periodic audit of the containerization policy. Create a checklist that can be followed regularly, to ensure that the containerization policy is being maintained.