Archive: Aug 2021

3 Reasons You Should Engage Kitting in Your Manufacturing

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Kitting is a great way for manufacturers to save time and money as well as to optimize inventory management. Kitting is a value-added service that can benefit your company.

The process involves taking different individual components and combining them together to create a kit with a new SKU. By combining products, you can quickly and easily locate items when an order is placed which allows for companies to ship rather quickly.

If you believe your company can relate to any of the following reasons for kitting, you should consider kitting!

Kitting is Outside of Your Scope

It’s okay if you have no experience in kitting! At PPS, one of our main value-added services is kitting. Therefore, we are able to take on your project and guide you through the process. Our highly trained employees are experienced in kitting and knowledgeable about many niche markets. As a solutions provider, we take the stress off your backs. We succeed when you succeed.

We have many customers that hand us their product and ask for solutions. We are always happy to provide suggestions to make your product better in the end. Our alternative solutions help our customers to save money in the long run.

Looking to Save Money

There is no doubt that fulfilling orders is an expensive task. That’s why we want to help you save time and money with what we do best, provide cost-effective solutions for kitting and packing. By outsourcing your kitting, you save money during your production process by:

  • Eliminating search time for components – with all materials handy, workers save time and can operate most efficiently
  • Reducing packaging costs – consolidating items prior to packaging saves considerable packaging costs in baggies, dividers, corrugated boxes and labeling
  • Reducing labor costs – employees save time searching for items, in packaging and shipping when working with one box instead of several
  • Freeing up warehouse space – inventory is streamlined with each individual item having full traceability with a kitting provider who is ISO registered and uses ERP system lot code tracking.

Outsourcing kitting to an experienced, quality kitting provider saves considerable time and money for OEMs of all sizes with less materials required and less labor for more efficient production.

Wanting to Increase Efficiency

Every company knows time is money and strives to have the most efficient processes. Kitting services allow items to be processed in bulk rather than individually, saving manufacturers both time and money. Kitting also helps to track inventory as orders come in. If workers do not instantly know where a product is, that causes downtime and the overall productivity suffers. Pre-sorted kits save time and labor because those components are available and easily accessible whenever needed.

At Peoria Production Shop, we follow lean manufacturing practices. This means that we work to eliminate waste, optimize your processes, cut costs, and boost your efficiency. PPS strives to improve your bottom line and helps you remain competitive against other companies in your industry.

There are many reasons why you should consider incorporating kitting into your manufacturing processes. Whether or not you have knowledge about kitting, PPS is willing to provide the best solution for you. Request a quote for your kitting needs today.


Meet Our Support Staff

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Erika Wilson, HR Manager

Erika is the HR Manager at Peoria Production Solutions and has been here for a little over 3 years. She supports the Director of HR in her daily duties, helps employees with benefits, assists with recruiting new employees and helps create and implement employee recognition programs. Erika’s goal for PPS is to continue to expand the business and create even more opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Her favorite things about PPS are the employees, who are the greatest, all the celebrations/parties/meals PPS has and the generosity of the executives and board of directors.  PPS is a second family to Erika.  She says “this is hands down the best job I have had and I hope to retire from here someday in the distant future.”


Alyse Penny, Operations Support

Alyse has been with PPS for 6 years. She is the Operations Support for the Operations Manager and Supervisors. Alyse helps with multiple different daily/monthly tasks to assist our awesome production. She loves our mission and stands by it. For the future, Alyse hopes that PPS continues to grow and expands to outreach more customers who need our skills. She believes our employees are amazing and do such a great job. Alyse is so proud that she gets to work with them.


Kelsi Wileman, Inventory Control Specialist

Kelsi is the Inventory Control Specialist at Peoria Production Solutions.  She has been a member of the PPS team since November of 2018.  She is responsible for maintaining inventory accuracy and keeping the master records for our 9000+ components.  In addition to this, she is our New Product Implementation Coordinator and manages all of our quoting.  Kelsi is very detail oriented and enjoys being able to incorporate this into her position. She is excited about the current growth of the company and looks forward to the new opportunities this growth is bringing for everyone here at PPS!


Michael Randall, Purchasing and Customer Service Manager

Michael’s job at Peoria Production Solutions is Purchasing and Customer Service. He has been a member of the Peoria Production Solutions family for over 6 years. Michael is the main contact point for most PPS customers. He takes great pride in being the face of the company.  Michael enjoys giving our customers a good first impression of who PPS is. Michael is also responsible for all incoming freight on the production side and some production scheduling. Peoria Production Solutions has seen some positive growth during his time here and he looks forward to more growth and new challenges in the near future. Michael is dedicated to providing current PPS customers and new customers 100 percent satisfaction with the services PPS provides. Outside of work, Michael likes the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.


Sandra Curry, Staff Accountant

Sandra works as the Staff Accountant for PPS. Her husband, Jan, retired from here a few years ago. While he was at PPS, he spoke so highly about the mission and vision. So when the opportunity arose, I was so excited to become a part of the PPS family. Her duties include supporting the financial department, payroll, and time tracking systems. Sandra’s hobbies are sewing, embroidering, and boating. She loves to cook and learn new recipes! She is looking forward to growing her friendships at PPS and finding out what interests everyone has in common.


Jennie Ozment, Accounting Support

Jennie is the Accounting Clerk and Receptionist at Peoria Production Solutions.  She started in February of 2020.  She manages the company’s time keeping system and prepares invoices for customers.  She also manages the Treasury receipts, purchases supplies for equipment maintenance, and keeps the office supplied.  She is a mother of three and has three grandchildren whom she adores.  She enjoys reading and working in her yard.  She is also very active in her church.  Jennie is the first person you see when you walk into our office and she always has a smile!


Renee Morgan, Purchasing Analyst

Renee is the Purchasing Analyst for PPS. Her previous experience includes working in manufacturing and production for over 30 years. She joined the team because she loves what the company stands for and what they are doing for people. She has had no regrets since accepting the purchasing position. Renee loves starting her day with a good morning and a smile. She truly believes that she has become a better person since working here.


Lori Graham, Data Analyst 

Lori is the data analyst at PPS. She started working here in the beginning of 2021. As a data analyst, she extracts, organizes, creates, and modifies data with the goal of reaching conclusions to support decision-making. Lori’s daughter works at PPS during the summertime until school starts up again. The two love being a part of the company together.

Travis Knox, IT Support

Travis works as the IT (information technology) Support for PPS. He started in 2019 and has really enjoyed his time here! More than anything, Travis says “he really enjoys being around the people who make us what we are. We know there’s work to do, but as you talk to anyone, you realize we all enjoy being here because our mission is something to be proud of, and it creates a great, nurturing work environment.” From a day-to-day perspective, Travis maintains the internal computer systems, fixes any issues that pop up with the users’ technology, and plans for future upgrades that will enable the PPS mission to be furthered. Beyond that, he tries to be a light-hearted, fun person to be around. His big interests outside of work are cooking, travel, exercise, movies, and his puppy, Peanut!

How Can Contract Packaging (CP) Reduce Processing Time and Costs?

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Contract PackagingMany companies outsource processes to a contract packaging company within their supply chain. Contract packaging, also referred to as co-packing or contract packing, is the operation of packing items for redistribution.

The contract packaging industry is a fast growing industry. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry has come back strong. According to the sixth edition of CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturer’s State of Industry Report, the CP industry is expected to grow at a “10.2% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) through 2025.”

Are you searching for a contract packaging partner who can help you to reduce processing time and costs? Peoria Production Solutions may be the right partner for you.

Experienced, Quality Contract Packaging Services

Outsourcing your packaging needs allows you to put your focus on the manufacturing side of the supply chain.  PPS has been providing packaging solutions for companies of all sizes for more than 80 years. Trust us, we have your back. We understand that it is becoming increasingly difficult to remain competitive in various manufacturing industries.  Therefore, we provide you with innovative solutions for processes that are challenging to do in-house. Utilizing a company that specializes in contract packaging allows you to focus on what you do best and saves you money in time and labor.

Our machinery, facility space, training, and equipment are all designed to provide packaging solutions. This makes all processes more efficient and cost-effective. Once we receive all materials, we track incoming inventory and set-up your process, we sort and package your products following a strict quality policy. Our facilities utilize various types of sealers and shrink tunnels. Our processes include labels, tags, and necessary work instructions.

Following these processes with required supplies can be costly. Outsourcing your contract packaging needs allows you to expand your production capabilities without investing in resources to do it yourself, while focusing on your niche market.  With our contract packaging capabilities, we are a one-stop shop for our clients.

As a contract packager, PPS is highly experienced in finding packaging solutions. Our business model is based on improving your efficiency and speed. Our goal is jobs, not profits allowing us to be responsive on many levels.

Our success is based on meeting our customer’s standards and delivering performance results. Our business model sets us apart from other contract packaging companies as we are only concerned with our customer’s happiness and total satisfaction. We work with our customers throughout the process to ensure we are reducing processing time and costs.

The goal of PPS is to add value to every product and every relationship we touch, finding new ways to increase productivity and decrease overhead, making your business even more successful. Visit our website to learn more about our contract packaging services.


Quality Operating Procedure

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Quality Operating ProcedureWhat is a Quality Operating Procedure? (QOP)

A quality operating procedure (QOP) is a written document composed of step-by-step instructions used to complete a routine operational task. These procedures help to achieve efficiency, performance, and quality control.

Quality Operating Procedures are important to ensure that production operations are performed consistently to maintain the quality of products and processes.

The purpose of operational procedures is to define systems, assign responsibilities and authorities, and provide instructions for carrying out activities comprising the quality system. Operational procedures explain the what, when, who and how for each activity; identify interfaces for the activity; and instruct who should be informed and how the results of the activity should be recorded.

PPS uses specific coding for our operational procedures such as QOP-SS-NN. QOP stands for Quality Operational Procedure, SS is the section in the quality manual to which the procedure pertains, and NN is the consecutive number of a procedure for the section.

Importance of Quality Operating Procedures

1. Increases Business Productivity

QOPs can be beneficial for companies that produce the same product over a long period of time. PPS has been working with a Fortune 100 manufacturer for over 80 years. The procedures help to increase business productivity.

2.Processes Remain Consistent as the Company Expands

PPS is expanding so QOPs can make the work processes portable. Our new employees at the new location can uphold our reputation by using the same QOPs to replicate the products and services provided at the original location.

3.Reduces Errors

Standardized procedures help guide our employees and reduce the possibility of missed steps that impact the quality of the completed product. A QOP ensures that our customers’ products are created in the same way from start to finish every time, creating consistency with high-quality products.

4. Keeps Processes within the Company

Writing down procedures helps to keep key information with the company. This is beneficial when new employees take over a process and for cross-training of employees. It is important for the company to have a physical copy of all work instructions and procedures with documented alterations and continual improvements noted.

5. Better Time Management

QOPs are a valuable component for a new hire, ultimately reducing training time. As PPS expands, we will be hiring more employees. With specific work instructions, the quality operating procedure details the checks for quality personnel.

As an ISO registered company, we use Quality Operating Procedures to remain consistent when following strict quality guidelines. PPS promises to maintain the quality of our customers’ products. Visit our website to join our quality team.


Junior Cook and Wes Murphy are our Employees of the Month

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Junior has been with Peoria Production Shop for 10 years. He originally worked as a picker-packer, selecting products to fulfill customer orders on the production line. Then, Junior moved to the emergency department. This area of the shipping department is responsible for all shipments that have a faster turnaround time and need to be processed quickly. Recently, Junior was promoted to line lead in which he supervises the workers packing materials in his area.

Personally, Junior wants to continue to learn about production and grow in his leadership role at PPS. Junior has gained a new perspective by working with people from all different backgrounds. His proudest moments are getting to help people everyday.

Outside of the shop floor, Junior enjoys spending time with his family, playing video games, and collecting autographs. His favorite autographs are Ryan Reynolds and Stan Lee. He is a true Marvel fan!

Wes has worked as a coordinator at Peoria Production Shop since October of 2020. He enjoys setting up new projects and working on time studies for potential customers. He describes PPS in three words: united, enthusiastic, and all-encompassing.

Although Wes has worked here a short time, he has a new found empathy for the people PPS employs. PPS partners with Teen Challenge, a group that provides rehabilitation services to those struggling with addiction.

One of Wes’ proudest moments at PPS is receiving letters from those who graduated from the program. The letters to Wes thanked him for his lasting impact to them beyond a coordinator at PPS.

In his free time, Wes loves running obstacle courses like the Tough Mudder. He loves to challenge himself both physically and mentally.

At Peoria Production Shop, we employ proud individuals with a desire to succeed. Visit our website to fill out an application to apply for an open position.

In-Process Inspection Report

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ISO certified companyPeoria Production Shop follows strict quality standards with processes in place to ensure an understanding of the process for high-quality results. As an ISO certified company, you can have confidence in our commitment to meeting your specifications.  We use in-process inspection reports (IPIR) to identify problems as they arise and immediately take corrective action. Our highly trained staff use these reports to streamline the inspection process and ensure work orders are completed accurately.

Prior to the inspection process, the supervisor is responsible for processing the work order and preparing the work station for the operator. During this step, the supervisor will fill out the specific information for the job on the IPIR such as the sales order, part number, quantity of order, package quantity per carton (bag or container), and specific work instructions to be used. The IPIR sheet stays with the product at all times.

After the workstation has been properly set up, the supervisor will inform the quality inspector of the job or new operator. This step can happen at any time of the work day as work orders are completed or operators are shifted around the facility.

The Inspection Process 

  1. Take IPIR Report and random sample of product from operator’s work area
  2. Check a minimum of 5-10 pieces (according to work instruction quality guidelines)
  3. Document findings on IPIR sheet
  4. Communicate those findings with operator
  5. If product is non-conforming, the quality inspector talks to the supervisor. A supervisor must sign off on the IPIR sheet before work can continue.
  6. Quality inspector repeats the process every 30 minutes.

Along with the IPIR sheet, the quality inspector carries a daily report sheet and a work instructions binder to each area that requires inspection. The quality inspector is solely responsible for identifying errors. The supervisor is in charge of correcting any issues with products or processes such as a machine or scale calibration.

The IPIR sheet helps the quality inspector to recognize any patterns. Since the in-process inspection sheet is used for the full duration of the work order, the quality inspector can draw conclusions about an operator’s ability to perform the task or the effectiveness of a machine.

At Peoria Production Shop, we strive to add value to every product we touch. Our quality team follows strict policies and procedures.  If we find that a particular employee is better suited to perform a different task than the one assigned, we place our workers where they excel and perform to the best of their abilities.  This policy has proven to be beneficial to ensure that we provide high-quality products, on-time and with consistency.

At PPS, we use in-process inspection reports and materials to aid in-process inspections  and to ensure finished products meet customer specifications. We promise to do our part and take appropriate action as needed so our customers can succeed. Visit our website to see how we can further your company’s success as a value-added, quality supplier.