Archive: Jun 2021

Tool Kitting for Higher Education

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Peoria Production Shop provides kitting services for various products and components. Our goal is jobs, not profits, which allows us to provide competitive solutions to our customers in many industries.

As an ISO 9001:2015 registered company, we follow strict quality standards to deliver contract kitting to manufacturers and OEMs of all sizes. Our full material traceability system and highly trained staff produce premium quality products based on customer kitting requirements.

Our modern facility has ample storage for the safety of raw materials and unfinished products. Specifically, we recently partnered with Bradley University, a local institution of higher education in Peoria, Illinois.

Kitting for Health Care Workers

Bradley University has a nationally ranked doctor of physical therapy degree. Students wishing to help people overcome physical impairments and injuries can pursue an undergraduate degree in health science and kinesiology or a doctorate of physical therapy. Bradley’s program provides students with preparedness for their professional practice. Students work closely with mentors in the classroom or clinicals.

The University promises a 100% employment placement rate with students working in the field within six months of graduation after completing the doctoral program.

With all of this great student success, we wanted to help make a difference in the lives of our future health care workers. We combined multiple products into physical therapy kits for Bradley University students complete with supplies to suit any patient’s needs. The kits include a multi-pocketed, heavy-duty medical bag, percussion reflex hammer, tuning fork, goniometer set, tape measure, luggage tag, and more.

In the future, we would love to continue to collaborate with higher education programs to provide kitting services. We have seen great success in the physical therapy students at Bradley University and want to continue to add value to more customers and industries.

Peoria Production Shop strives to make a difference in as many peoples’ lives as possible. We wish to support our local businesses through our contract assembly, kitting, sewing and other value-added services. Contact us to see how we can make an impact on your business and improve your supply chain.

ISO 9001 Kitting Process Diagram

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This handy little kitting process diagram begins with demand and ends with shipment. Kitting is a perfect way to increase productivity in your organization. At Peoria Production Shop, we use proper steps to fulfill a kit and that process is tallied against a checklist. The checklist includes:

  1. demand
  2. sales order generation (work order)
  3. bill of materials (BOM) pull
  4. setup
  5. first article of inspection
  6. in-process inspection
  7. finally a last tally to meet sales order requirements

Peoria Production Shop is a ISO 9001:2015 registered company. We practice strict quality policies throughout our facility in all value-added services.

ISO 9001 Kitting Process Diagram

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Jennie Ozment and Steffenie Maxwell are our Employees of the Month

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employee of the monthJennie began working at Peoria Production Shop in early 2020. She works as the Accounting Clerk and Receptionist for PPS.

She is the first person you see when you walk in our office. Although she started at the same time that masks became mandated, she is always smiling!

Jennie manages the company time keeping system and prepares invoices for customers. She is also in charge of maintaining the Treasury receipts, purchasing supplies for equipment maintenance, and keeping the office supplied.

Jennie is a mother of three, and has three grandchildren whom she adores. She enjoys reading and working in her yard. Also, she is very active in her church.

Steffenie has worked at Peoria Production Shop for 11 years. Currently, she works as a trainer. Although she has not quite completed a year as a trainer, she has done an amazing job with our employees.

Steffenie is a well-rounded employee, allowing her to take on different projects throughout the facility. Her favorite job is working in the autobagging department. She describes PPS as a caring company that watches out for their employees, all while hosting fun activities. Her favorite memory at PPS is all of the dancing opportunities!

Steffenie met her husband, Ryan Maxwell at PPS. The two have been married for 3 years. Despite the Peoria company bringing the couple together, Steffenie is not originally from central Illinois. She grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago.

At Peoria Production Shop, our mission is simple. We provide employment opportunities enabling individuals with disabilities to achieve financial and social independence. Visit our website to fill out an application to join our team.


ISO: 9001 Kitting Process

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ISO: 9001 Kitting ProcessKitting is the process of combining multiple SKUs into one singular unit. Our management system accurately manages your inventory using full material traceability and inventory control processes.

The kitting process begins with demand and ends with shipment. At Peoria Production Shop, we use proper steps to fulfill a kit and that process is tallied against a checklist. The checklist includes demand, sales order generation (work order), bill of materials (BOM) pull, setup, first article of inspection, in-process inspection, and finally a last tally to meet sales order requirements.

Initial Sales Order After Demand

The customer creates the demand. Once we receive the demand, we work with the customer to coordinate a due date for the demand. Then, we will produce a sales order, which acts as a work order for the shop floor.

Order Reaches the Shop Floor

After the sales order reaches the floor it is accompanied with the BOM (bill of materials). The BOM lists the specific parts and quantity needed for each kit. Our inventory control system aids in the process of selecting products because it provides the employee with the exact amount of parts needed to pull for each kit. Then, an employee will go through our Scanco material tracking system and pull the product from locations on the BOM.

Labeling the Processes

Once products are selected, the employee begins setting up at a designated work table. The employee will put identifiers on the table that directly mirrors the BOM requirements. In other words, we write the part name and quantity of parts for the kit on a piece of “tape” that will be displayed on the table. This helps simplify the process for the operators because each part of the kitting process is labeled.

First Article of Inspection

A setup inspection is completed after the parts are pulled and correctly identified to the specific work table. We continually follow established work processes with strict quality control as part of our ISO9001:2015 standards and utilize an In-Process Inspection Report (IPIR) form. This is a controlled document, therefore, any revisions and changes are controlled through the quality procedure relating to the process of control of documents. The first article of inspection is done once the coordinator confirms the setup. This is a crucial step because it shows that setup was done correctly and the operator running the kit understands the processes.

Production Begins

After these processes are confirmed and documented as a pass then the production can commence.  Each kit that we run has quality guidelines paramount to the success and quality of a kit.  During the processing of a kit, no matter the size of production, all quality guidelines must be documented on the inspection form before the finalizing of a kit can be done.

Final Inspection

After the kit is completed it has to go through a final inspection process. In other words, we tally the kits and ensure that all of the quality guidelines were met. At this point, specific shipping instructions are identified.

Processing the Completed Sales Order

The sales order is then transferred to the office where it will be processed systematically within our Enterprise System Planning (ERP) SAGE system or through customer relations within our customer service department. The documents created are a pick sheet within our internal processes and a bill of lading for shipping.

Confirming Shipment and ISO9001:2015 Impact

A delivery or pickup is confirmed and the process is complete after a signed Bill Of Lading. Through ISO9001:2015 standards, we are able to assure the customer that we have done what we have said we would do from a Quality Operating Procedure (QOP) perspective. We follow strict quality standards and have validations in place to help with quality and understanding of the process. ISO9001:2015 provides added assurances over companies that do not have the certifications as it provides credibility to our business mission and goals. Also, it creates confidence in our customers that we have an infrastructure of processes that make us a great fit for kitting services.

Peoria Production Shop is a ISO 9001:2015 registered company. We practice strict quality policies throughout our facility in all value-added services. Visit our website to learn more about our kitting process.

Kit Assembly Services and Fulfillment

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At Peoria Production Shop, we have contract packaging and fulfillment capabilities. Our highly trained staff and modern equipment provide customers with value-added services all while following strict quality processes.

What is Kitting?

Kitting is the combining of separate pieces into a single component. The kitting process makes it so products are ready-to-ship, saving an OEM time and money.

What is Fulfillment?

Fulfillment is all of the steps a company takes between receiving an order and placing that order in the customer’s hands. The process includes receiving and storing inventory, processing the order, and shipping the order.

Utilizing Kitting and Fulfillment

Many industries are taking advantage of companies that do both kitting and fulfillment services. Whether it’s toys, tool kits, gift baskets, subscription services–these businesses benefit immensely from a company that can do all of the capabilities under one roof.

Utilizing kitting and fulfillment helps to cut overhead costs. Also, due to the combining of products into one unit, items can be processed in a faster and more efficient manner. Kitting and fulfilling orders from one facility reduces shipping mistakes and errors.

PPS Kit Assembly Services and Fulfillment

At Peoria Production Shop, we partnered with DAGZ Dice Game to put their products together. The DAGZ game is a competitive and entertaining bar game that uses dice to mimic the premise of larger popular games such as horseshoes, corn hole and washers.

By combining multiple pieces into a single kit, toy companies can produce efficient order fulfillments. PPS stores the products at our facility and fulfills orders based on customer requirements.

We also work with subscription box companies. At PPS, we help companies increase their bottom line by saving them money on packaging and kitting. 

Kitting and fulfillment has proved to be a successful strategy for increasing profits and lowering operational costs. Want to optimize your supply chain? Visit our website to learn more about our value-added services.