The purpose of this study was to develop a selection model to be used in the design of packages for flexible manufacturing. The model was developed by utilizing the concepts and philosophies of Just-In-Time (JIT), Total Quality Control (TQC), and Design For Assembly (DFA). A case study was used to demonstrate the model. The case study involved the design of a new package for an existing product utilizing the concepts as previously outlined. Reduced part count, use of standard materials, configurations and process, and process flow charting were all key components of the selection model. As flexible manufacturing becomes a bigger part of the packaging industry, package designs which readily lend themselves to flexible manufacturing will become very important. The model developed in this study is aimed at helping the package designer quanitifiably select package structural designs which will lend themselves to a flexible manufacturing process.

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Packaging--Design; Flexible manufacturing systems

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Packaging Science (CAST)


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