Category Archive: Contract Kitting Services

Tool Kitting for Higher Education

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

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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ISO: 9001 Kitting Process

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

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.

Kitting and Assembly Solutions

Kitting and assembly services provide many benefits to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as reducing internal assembly costs, improving quality, efficiency and profitability.

Kitting is a fulfillment process that involves the combining of multiple SKUs into one component.

 

What are the Key Benefits of Kitting?

      • Free Up Space
        • Moving inventory and kitting services to an outside firm allows for more floor space for production needs.
      • Reduce Cost of Labor and Improve Efficiency
        • Kitting saves time and labor by ensuring components are available by eliminating “search time”.
      • Control and Reduce Stock
        • Combining products allows inventory to be reduced, which ultimately leads to better material traceability and stock control.

Contract Assembly

Contract assembly is an approach where an original manufacturer hires an outside manufacturer to produce components determined by the original OEM’s specifications.

What are the Key Benefits of Contract Assembly? 

      • Higher quality products
        • Contract manufacturers have the tools and expertise to create exceptional products that might not have been available in-house such as automated assembly tools.
      • Reduced Costs
        • Contract manufacturers use advanced technology which means outsourcing contract assembly eliminates the need for original manufacturers to invest in manufacturing instruments. Likewise, the original manufacturers do not have to hire a large staff. Hiring a subcontractor allows for the company to reap the benefits of a large workforce without spending the extra funds on staffing.
      • Saving Resources
        • Contract assemblers use lean manufacturing to help reduce waste and add value to the proper processes.
      • Industry-specific solutions
        • Experienced contract manufacturers can provide knowledge for a niche industry. The contract manufacturer’s expertise of the industry can help to negotiate prices for bulk materials which can help reduce costs.

Peoria Production Shop has been providing solutions to original manufacturers needs for 80 years. We work closely with our customers to ensure projects are completed with efficient processes and attention to detail, providing a competitive value. Visit our website to learn how our kitting and assembly solutions add value to your project.

Does Product Kitting Reduce Dock-to-Stock Cycle Time?

dock-to-stock efficiencyA shipment arrives at the warehouse dock and needs to be stocked. The processes used between dock and stock are important and can make a real difference in warehouse efficiency. The better a business can become at efficiency and accuracy, the more profitable and successful it will be product kitting, might be the answer you’re looking for. .

What is Dock-to-Stock?

One of the most essential metrics is the “Dock-to-Stock” measurement. It helps to streamline the receiving process to get all items where they need to be as quickly and efficiently as possible. This allows warehouse receiving to move incoming materials quickly for faster cycle times to complete a finished product.

There are many variables that can affect operations. One major issue is that businesses tend not to focus their time and efforts on streamlining their processes.

The Benefits of Kitting

  1. Streamline Distribution

Kitting allows for an easier distribution of products as the items have been kitted in advance.

  1. Faster Assembly

When kitting is done in bulk, it becomes more of a linear operation, allowing for more items to be kitted in a more efficient manner. Likewise, the employee will not have to search for inventory as the products will be combined under one SKU.

  1. Fewer Shipping Mistakes

Shipping items in a kit form reduces the chances of error with order fulfillment. Likewise, it allows for pre-printed shipping labels which eliminates time to weigh products and any potential waste.

  1. Better Packaging

Combining multiple products into one kit saves on shipping costs with more efficient and cost-effective packaging.

All of these benefits of kitting can be translated into cost savings and overall more efficient for the dock-to-stock cycle time. Kitting allows for a “grab and go” process that is much quicker than individually searching for parts.

Using pre-assembled kits allows for projects to be fulfilled. Combining products allows us to better organize inventory and optimize warehouse space. Kitting makes it simpler to locate what is needed for an order, boosting the efficiency and productivity of the processes. Kitting products allows for a much faster fulfillment process, which ultimately reduces shipping delays that could happen if the items were packaged individually. Time can be translated to money. It is important to get the greatest amount of products fulfilled for the least amount of time and money.

Peoria Production Shop uses lean kitting processes to ensure our customers are receiving the most value. Kitting helps to speed up fulfillment processes for lower costs and less time. Contact us to learn more about how we reduce our dock-to-stock cycle time.

 

 

 

 

Why Kitting Process Matters

Although kitting processes differ from one another, the core value and benefits are the same for all companies. Kitting increases product value and encourages repeat business. Manufacturers control production efficiency, storage space, and inventory control.

General Kitting Process

At Peoria Production Shop, we use Value Stream Mapping (VSM) to reduce non-value added activities from kitting processes and bring the value-added processes into the forefront for more efficient production. This helps us to eliminate waste practices that will ultimately reduce costs.

  1. Receive an order for multiple products.
  2. Collect each individual item.
  3. Assemble the products before packaging.
  4. Combine multiple components into one single SKU.
  5. Package all items. The individual items are scanned and placed into one or as few shipping boxes as possible.
  6. Create a new SKU. The components are added to the inventory system under one SKU, scanned, and shipped.

Why Should You Partner with Peoria Production Shop for your Kitting and Packaging Services?

  1. Strict Quality Policy.  As an ISO 9001:2015 registered company, we practice strict quality policies throughout our entire plant in all processes.
  2. Modern Kitting Warehouse.  With our expansive 130,000 sq. foot facility, we have plenty of room to meet all current production requirements with room for future expansion needs. We provide safe and efficient handling of all incoming and outgoing customer products and materials with 17 shipping and receiving bays.  Our modern facility  is climate controlled for the stability and safety of your raw materials and finished products.
  3. Updated Kitting Software. Our enterprise resource planning (ERP) software keeps all components organized and accounted for with automated, real-time inventory management, lot code and location traceability.
  4. Focus on Lean Kitting Process. We utilize Value Stream Mapping (VSM) activities to eliminate bottlenecks and unnecessary downtime in our kitting process.
  5. Our goal is jobs, not profits. Our motivation is to be the premier employer of people with disabilities. With a goal of jobs rather than profits, we provide the unique ability to be responsive and competitive on various levels. Many companies discover that they can outsource their kitting and assembly services to Peoria Production Shop with less expense and improved quality control over what can be performed in-house. We know that we succeed only when you succeed.

 

Peoria Production Shop uses lean manufacturing, a proven philosophy focused on eliminating any operations, equipment, or resources that are not adding value to our client’s supply chain. PPS offers consistent, accurate, and quality results for your kitting needs. Visit our website to learn more about our kitting process.

 

 

 

Supply Chain Optimization: Kitting Solutions

Companies are always looking for competitive ways to meet and exceed client’s needs. Kitting, packaging, labeling, palletizing, reworking, and managing inventory are all ways that companies enhance supply chain optimization.

Adding value to services helps companies to set themselves apart from the competition. They are ready for the supply process, ensuring continuous improvement and inventory management for an efficient process.

Kitting As Supply Chain Optimization

Product life cycles are becoming increasingly shorter. This causes the demand for parts, replacements, and new parts to go up. Manufacturers and clients need more products and more space to house those products.

Fortunately, kitting is a solution to this problem. Kitting is an ideal process when it comes to packaging items with identical or similar products. Kitting is a service that combines single products into one component. Multiple SKUs are consolidated into one single SKU which ultimately reduces costs and improves efficiency. As an example, small electronics part kitting is a very efficient way for manufacturers to improve productivity. Their employees aren’t going to several bins to get the needed parts for assembly.

How Does Kitting Help?

At Peoria Production Shop, we use kitting to optimize time, order, and processes. Our employees do not have to search for pieces, rather the pieces are already accounted for. Likewise, our automated inventory system tracks the products as a single unit. This allows us to have a cleaner and more efficient operation.

Kitting speeds up the production time and lowers the overall cost of assembly. Employees save time for picking and packaging orders. Optimizing our time and money allows us to customize a great number of kits specific to customer requirements. This translates into a positive and efficient experience for both us and our customers.

When customers hire the services of 3PL companies like Peoria Production Shop, they gain a series of benefits:

  • Reduced Costs
  • Full Material Traceability
  • Productivity Management and Constant Improvement
  • Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
  • On-time delivery
  • Eliminate bottlenecks

 

Peoria Production Shop guarantees accuracy in our kitting and other value-added services with our knowledge, experience and technology.  Kitting helps to reduce overall costs, eliminate waste and improve productivity.  Contact us to learn how we can to optimize your supply chain.

 

 

What Is Kitting?

The Definition of Kitting

The kitting process takes multiple products with various SKUs and combines them into a single package, creating a new SKU for that completed kit before shipping.

The Kitting Procedure

The Kitting process is completed in a few steps.

  1. Receive an order for multiple products. If a customer orders multiple components, they can be combined into one single package which ultimately saves on shipping costs.
  2. Collect each individual item in the order. To combine the products into one SKU, the items need to be gathered and assembled before packaging.
  3. Package all items. The individual items are scanned and placed into one or as few shipping boxes as possible, per customer specifications.
  4. Create a new SKU and ship. The components are added to the inventory system under one SKU, scanned, and shipped.

The Key Benefits to Kitting

Outsourcing your kitting processes to Peoria Production Shop brings many benefits to manufacturers and OEMs, such as:

  1. Reduce Warehouse Requirements – Moving component inventory off site frees up space to allow manufacturers to devote more floor space to production.
  2. Improve Productivity and Reduce Labor Costs – Kitting saves time and labor for manufacturers. Putting multiple components together in kits is time consuming and takes away from productivity.
  3. Reduce Inventory, Reduce Costs. Kitting services ensure the products are accounted for and ready to ship for daily production needs, ultimately eliminating the need for in-house inventory of multiple smaller components.

Peoria Production Shop has been providing contract kitting and assembly services to various companies of all sizes for over 80 years. We work with a wide range of industries including Fortune 100 manufacturers, subscription service companies, and food and beverage companies.

Our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system with automated inventory control ensures all products are accounted for as they are transferred from units to kits.  Our experienced staff provide high-quality assembly and kitting services with meticulous attention to detail. At Peoria Production Shop, we carefully package products to ensure no items are damaged in transit. Our goal is to package kits with as many items as possible to ensure our customers get the most return on their investment. In terms of kitting, packaging is very important to highlight brand identity. We have the ability to customize any project based on your product kitting requirements.

Peoria Production Shop has been providing kitting solutions to companies of all sizes for 80 years. Our state-of-the-art facility and highly trained individuals are able to fulfill customer’s kitting needs. Contact us to see how we can improve your supply chain with contract kitting services.

 

 

 

How Kitting In Manufacturing Increases the Bottom Line

Kitting and assembly improves operational efficiencies, reducing bottlenecks, wasted time and space to improve productivity and profitability for manufacturers or order fulfillment companies.  Kitting in manufacturing entails assembling various products and components together into one unit for ease in further assembly or to develop a final product for sale.

Peoria Production Shop has vast experience in kitting for manufacturing products or consumer goods such as tool box kits. Companies like Milwaukee Tool can let PPS kit and assemble various screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers, and other tools together in one box for sale. Kitting in manufacturing improves the efficient flow of goods and provides many additional benefits.

Kitting Operational Advantages

Saves Space

Outsourcing kitting helps manufacturers to save space in a warehouse. Likewise, outsourcing allows for the cost to only account for the space used for the production of the kits.

Reduce Shipping costs

Kitting allows for the sale of many single components to be consolidated into one order which ultimately lowers shipping costs.

Savings on label products

Consolidating products into one kit makes the use of multiple labels unnecessary, one label can represent an assembled kit.

Conserve Time and Money

Kits save time and labor because all of the products are in one place. This reduces the need to search for inventory.

Amplify the Bottom Line 

Kitting services allow for manufacturers to boost sales. For example, original manufacturers can include one expensive wrench with less expensive products for an increase of sales of a kitted tool box. Likewise, manufacturers can combine products that might not do as well on their own. This tactic allows for manufacturers to gain increased product awareness for a specific product at a lower cost.

Kitting Advantages for Businesses 

Kitting products can help a company stand out because they provide the customer for an all-in-one option. This strategy helps a business to stay competitive and increase brand awareness.

A company can analyze customer purchases to combine kits for frequently purchased products. For instance, if the sales analysis shows that customers are purchasing a tape measure, hammer, and nails all sold separately, a manufacturer can create a kit that includes all of these components in one kit. This improves customer convenience and overall satisfaction.

Through further analysis, a company might discover that these product combos deliver a better return on investment. Testing out new products in kits helps to further specify the supply and demand of specific products.

Why Should Businesses Manufacture Kits? 

Kitting has proved to be a successful strategy for increasing profits and lowering operational costs. Kitting in manufacturing also helps to increase those sales exponentially. When choosing to put together various components into one kit, the speed of production increases and the company is able to push out products at a faster rate.

A contract manufacturer can effectively organize products for an efficient kitting process. Kitting ultimately allows for getting the job done faster with less costs directed towards operations. Kitting improves the bottom line for a successful business. 

Peoria Production Shop has over 80 years of experience in kitting and assembly for some of the largest manufacturers in the world.  We utilize the strengths of our employees, our modern, state-of-the-art facility and vast resources to provide efficient, cost-effective kitting and assembly.  Contact us for all your kitting in manufacturing solutions.