Reusable JIT Shipping Cart | Case Study
Our client is a Tier 1 supplier to a major aircraft OEM manufacturer located in the Seattle area. They reached out to Cascadia Packaging Group to develop and implement a customer returnable shipping cart for just-in-time (JIT) shipments to a major aircraft manufacturer with final assembly in the Seattle area.
Aircraft interiors such as Lavatories and Galleys are typically shipped via expendable packaging such as wood crates and pallets. Our client was directed to implement a returnable packaging solution supporting JIT deliveries to final assembly that could be moved without use of mechanical handling via forklift. Additionally, the cart was to allow for ease of access to the operators during manufacturing and assembly.
Our initial efforts were focused on documentation of the supply chain including our client’s internal operations and shipping methods to/from the aircraft OEM facility. We also detailed the material handling process throughout the supply chain. Reusable cart design concept was developed based on these requirements.
Reusable JIT cart was prototyped and trial shipped for review and ap-proval by all the stakeholders. Cart design was revised accordingly and we proceeded to fabrication run of the production racks.
- Elimination of wood pallets shipped into final assembly
- Work platform allow for ease of access to the part
- Carts designed to integrate into client/customer operations