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Complete Guide to Kitting For Trade Schools

Kitting For Trade Schools


While most students are enjoying the summer, schools, colleges, and trade schools are preparing to get busy again in August. A trade school, also known as a technical, career, or vocational school, provides students with hands-on training in the skills they will need for a particular field. Trade schools are designed to prepare their students to directly enter the workforce with the skills necessary to start a career in various industries.

Vocational training at a trade school is often the way for many students to go as opposed to a four-year college degree, which isn’t for everyone. Some trade schools even help students find a job to directly enter the workforce with certificate programs that can be achieved much quicker than a college degree. Vocational training is available for students to work in a wide range of industries such as:

  • Carpentry
  • Culinary arts
  • Electrical
  • Heating, venting, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Building maintenance
  • CNC operation
  • Plumbing and pipefitting
  • Masonry
  • Welding
  • Cosmetology

These are just some areas of vocational training available to students that want to enter the workforce quickly with the skills necessary to succeed.

Trade Schools Need Hands-On Supplies and Tools Ready for Students 

In order for trade schools to prepare students, they must offer the necessary educational materials and hands-on tools or supplies actually used in the industry. This is where kitting can provide big benefits to trade schools who need to have a fresh supply of materials ready in a short period of time.

Kitting involves the process of combining various parts or products together that are otherwise sold separately, but often go together and provide a convenience for the consumer. In this case, kitting provides a convenience to teachers and students, as everyone has the same materials and tools so that demonstrations and hands-on experiments can be conducted by everyone during limited class time instruction.

Benefits of Kitting for Trade Schools

Toolkits for skilled trade school organizations provide substantial benefit to instructors who know that every student has what they need, and all students are working with the same type and brand of materials recommended for the course. Another huge benefit is recognized by students who may otherwise be unable to purchase the necessary tools and materials because they cannot afford to, they would not know where to look or what type of materials to buy.

And let’s face it, even when teachers tell students what materials to bring to class there are always a select few who show up without paper and pen, or in this case without tools and materials needed for the course. This is not always the student’s fault as many college school students struggle to afford school supplies whereas tools needed for vocational jobs are even more costly.

Providing these items to vocational students lets them know that you are investing in their future, that you trust them to use the tools correctly and you will show them the proper methods. Providing trade school students with kits applicable to their field gives them the proper preparation to learn the necessary skills and gets them more excited to continue down the path they have chosen.

Custom Kitting Services for Trade Schools

As you prepare your educational materials and curriculum for the year, make sure you have all the necessary tools available and arranged for your students. Contact an experienced kitting company like Peoria Production Solutions, PPS, who offers kitting services that you can rely on with experience in kitting a wide range of products.

PPS has more than 80 years of experience, offers the most competitive pricing available as a not-for-profit organization, and a dedicated staff trained in providing accurate and efficient kitting services.

Whether you need to assemble a toolkit necessary for carpentry apprentices, beauty and hair care products for cosmetology students, wrenches and pipefitting tools, or cookbooks and measuring cups for culinary students, PPS can put it all together for you in whatever type of packaging best meets your needs.

PPS is a fully self-sustaining not-for-profit company, focused on jobs not profits, offering the unique ability to provide high quality service at the best available cost.  We fully support investing in the bright young minds of the future, which is why we invest in our staff so heartily with training, cross training, employee reward and appreciation programs. Contact us to learn more about kitting the materials you need for your vocational training to prepare your students for a successful trade school experience.

What Are The Different Types of Kitting Assembly?

Kitting AssemblyKitting is the process of taking various parts, multiple SKUs, and combining them to create one new SKU.  Kitting is used in warehousing, manufacturing, and order fulfillment to assemble individual parts or components into a ready made kit of items that are used together or sold together. There are different types of kitting and assembly, and companies typically gain efficiency, cost-savings, or promote new items by kitting.

Companies searching for kitting or assembly services should first determine exactly which type of kitting operations would best suit their needs.

The Different Types of Kitting Services 

There are different types of kitting and assembly services, and companies should know all of their options to determine the type of kitting that will provide the greatest value. Speaking with an experienced contract kitting and assembly company can help manufacturers to determine the most cost-efficient solution. Some of the various types of kitting and assembly services include:

  • Pre-Kitting
  • Product Kitting
  • Just-in-Time Kitting
  • Material Kitting

Pre-Kitting Services 

Pre-kitting is used to save time, where items are pre-kitted following a production process and then transported to the next staging area or a third-party logistics (3PL) provider as a kit to save time. This way, the operator at the next staging area can select one single kit to use for their next process rather than picking and packing at once. Pre-kitting should be designed to save time and improve efficient operations by packing particular items quickly, ahead of time.

Product Kitting 

Product kitting includes compiling particular product together, combining multiple SKUs to create one new, single SKU. Product kitting is performed in many different industries and applications such as cosmetic kits that include lip, eye, and face makeup of a particular range of shades along with application brushes to provide a complete set. Other examples include art supplies, clothing, baby items, hardware, health and fitness products and more. Subscription services rely on product kitting to give consumers what they want, when they want it.

Just-In-Time Kitting 

Just-in-time (JIT) kitting are processes performed typically in a warehouse or at a contract kitting and assembly provider’s facility, where items are received, kitted, and assembled quickly and shipped back to the warehouse or manufacturer in a timely fashion.  Some of the largest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the country practice JIT delivery to keep inventory low and rely on kitting providers to provide quick, on-time delivery.

Material Kitting

Material kitting in manufacturing involves assembling components and raw materials to increase assembly efficiency. Material kitting allows for customized assembly services and provides another layer of quality inspection to help eliminate errors. Material kitting differs from other types of kitting and assembly and that it is not meant to be the final packaging available to the consumer. Material kitting can be done ahead of time for products that need to go to another stage or to inventory, as opposed to just-in-time kitting which is performed as needed.

In order to determine the best type of kitting and assembly for your process, consult with an experienced contract kitting provider.

PPS Provides Value-Added Kitting and Assembly

Peoria Production Solutions, PPS, offers more than 80 years of experience in contract kitting and assembly as well as many other value added services. PPS follows strict quality policies as part of our ISO9001:2015 registration, we invest in our employees with training and development, cross training, lean practices, and more. As a fully self-sustainable not-for-profit company, we offer the unique ability to focus on jobs rather than profits, giving our customers the greatest value possible.

PPS is a leading contract kitting assembly provider, providing production solutions to some of the largest Fortune 100 companies in the nation. We offer decades of experience, a skilled and dedicated staff, and vast resources including automated equipment to meet your kitting and assembly needs. Contact us to learn more about the type of kitting that would most benefit you and for the most cost-efficient kitting and assembly solutions.

Selecting the Right 3PL for Your Kitting Needs

outsourcing kitting Many consumers appreciate the convenience of ordering products that go together in an assembled kit.  This is true for many types of products and for things that consumers buy regularly, they can order things as a subscription that is delivered at determined intervals. Products that are sold kitted, or assembled, or as a subscription service are often handled by a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) company. This includes a variety of products such as personal care items, food and beverages, technology items or clothing.

Retail businesses and manufacturers often find great value in outsourcing kitting and assembly to third-party logistics companies.  Some 3PL companies perform additional assembly processes as well as keeping track of inventory and shipping, although contract kitting companies can play a big role in helping 3PL companies meet their production and shipping demands.

What Is Kitting and Assembly? 

Kitting and assembly is big business for retailers and e-commerce companies to meet specific consumer demands. Kitting is the process of combining related goods together into a grouping that creates a new SKU, ready for shipment.  Various products are grouped for kitting such as subscription boxes, tool or hardware kits, first-aid kits, cosmetics, and more.

Contract assembly is the process of taking various products and assembling them together such as mechanical assembly operations, single or multiple step assemblies, assembly with complete packaging ready for shipping and customized, specific assembly procedures that create a final end product. Whether an e-commerce company or a 3PL provider, working with an experienced contract kitting and assembly company can provide many benefits.

Benefits of Outsourcing Kitting and Assembly 

Outsourcing kitting and assembly procedures to an experienced contract kitting company can provide many benefits that increase productivity and profitability. An experienced contract kitting company has the resources in place to perform these processes efficiently and timely. Contract assembly companies utilize sophisticated software programs to keep track of all incoming material for full traceability and accountability.

With plenty of capacity to set up customized assembly stations and a staff trained in performing high-quality kitting and assembly processes, contract assembly companies help e-commerce and 3PL businesses meet demanding shipping requirements.

How to Select the Right Company to Outsource Kitting and Assembly 

There are several things you should look for when selecting a company to outsource your kitting and assembly processes. Some of the most important considerations include:

      • Experience – the company should have experience in kitting and assembly with references, current or past comparable projects.
      • Resources – an experienced kitting company should already have the facility with capacity, the people, and the processes in place to meet your needs.
      • Inventory management – strict management of customer supplied materials with full traceability and inventory control is a must when outsourcing product kitting or assembly. Ask about the type of system used and whether or not they have ERP capability. Most companies today will use barcode traceability with the ability to scan products anywhere in the supply chain.
      • Quality control – what type of quality processes does the company follow and are they registered to standards like ISO9001:2015? Ask if they create specific work instructions for your process and how they can ensure those are followed?
      • Lead time – what is the company’s history with on-time delivery and how can they ensure meeting your production demands?
      • Packaging experience and flexibility – does the company have the resources to efficiently package all finished products and ship to your specifications?

Peoria Production Solutions, PPS, provides all these capabilities and more, with over 80 years of experience in meeting contract kitting and assembly requirements. We are an ISO9001:2015 registered company, with a large, modern facility, automated equipment, inventory control with ERP full product traceability and a skilled staff.

PPS is a leading Midwest contract kitting and assembly company, providing production solutions to companies of all sizes including Fortune 100 companies. We provide experienced kitting and assembly solutions with a trained staff and automated equipment. Contact us to learn how to increase your productivity and add value with cost-efficient, contract kitting and assembly services to meet all your 3PL needs.


Top 5 Myths Of Outsourcing Kitting and Packaging

Kitting and Packaging Myth ImageOutsourcing your kitting, assembly, or packaging processes may seem like a foreign idea with a lot of unknowns.  For small to medium sized companies particularly, those who have invested in staff, inventory, and training to sort, assemble and package their products, it may seem like a large task to start outsourcing this part of your business. The truth is, once you speak with an experienced kitting and packaging company, you may wonder why you didn’t outsource years ago.

Debunking the Top 5 Myths About Outsourcing Kitting and Packaging 

Businesses spend a lot of time developing their products, with efficient production methods and quality control. When it comes to packaging for inventory or sale, this is one area that requires just as much attention but can unfortunately be an afterthought.  Most companies and manufacturers are experts at what they do, the same goes for kitting and packaging companies.

By outsourcing to an experienced contract packager, you can actually improve your productivity and profitability by focusing on what you do best.  Here are some of the top 5 myths that may prevent some companies from realizing the many benefits of outsourcing:

Myth #1: Outsourcing is not worth the hassle 

It may seem like a giant task to pack up your products and ship to a skilled kitting and packager, although with the help of experienced contract packagers, this can be streamlined and simple.  Peoria Production Solutions has been streamlining kitting and packaging processes for companies for more than 80 years. We can show you how you still have complete control of your inventory even when not on your premises.  PPS keeps meticulous track of all customer supplied material with lot code traceability and strict quality control measures.  Once this task is relieved from your in-house processes, you realize just how much time is opened up to focus on your niche market. This, to us, is no hassle at all, just smart business.

Myth #2: Outsourcing is only for large companies, not small to medium sized businesses. 

We hope you realize the myth in that statement immediately. Nothing could be further from the truth as small to mid sized enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in the economy and help to drive innovation.  SMEs focusing on producing their goods or providing their services greatly benefit by outsourcing kitting and packaging to continue to grow their business with a trusted packaging partner on their team.  In fact, we might go so far as to say that outsourcing can help the SME as a bridge that allows you to grow your business and take your company to the next level. 

Myth #3: My customers won’t like us outsourcing. 

An experienced contract packager like PPS can have your products kitted, assembled, and shipped back to your plant without anyone knowing.  In fact, you will have more products ready to ship sooner, your customers will be nothing but happy.  As an ISO9001:2015 registered company, PPS takes pride in efficient operations and on-time delivery.  We can package your products discreetly and to your specifications.  We also specialize in creating display ready, secondary packaging, You receive your products fully assembled and ready to stock the shelves.

Myth #4: My kitting, assembly, or packaging operation is too complicated to outsource. 

A seasoned kitting and packaging company has seen it all, from numerous bags of small parts to keep track of, organize and assemble to display ready packaging.  PPS offers more than 80 years of experience in kitting, assembling, and packaging your goods to your exact specifications, no matter how many parts or components.  We can offer suggestions to improve your packaging with the most cost-efficient solutions available.

Myth #5: Outsourcing Kitting Is Too Expensive 

When considering the total cost to perform kitting, assembly and specialized packaging in house, most companies realize a cost savings by outsourcing. Consider not only the labor and cost of materials for your process, but the space and capacity that could be used for your production instead. Time and space both have value, be sure to optimize yours to the fullest.

Speak with an experienced contract kitting and packaging company at Peoria Production Solutions. We provide solutions to help you meet your production needs with high quality kitting, assembly, and packaging delivered on time.

Peoria Production Solutions offers contract assembly, kitting, and packaging from a skilled and experienced workforce. We offer more than 80 years of experience in meeting companies’ specific production needs. Contact us to learn more about the many benefits of outsourcing your secondary operations such as kitting, assembly, and packaging.



Great Packaging Includes Great Kitting and Assembly

Kitting and Assembly of subscription boxesIt really does not matter what you are selling, great packaging is important for businesses and consumers. Manufacturers rely on sturdy packaging to protect their products during storage or shipping. Consumers expect packaging that protects the products until they receive them and so much more.

Packaging today must be sturdy and protective, with marketing that appeals to consumers in clean and attractive bags, boxes, or assembled kits. To be competitive in today’s eco-friendly environment, companies must also use packaging that reduces waste and contributes to their corporate and social responsibility. In addition to these considerations, companies selling assembled kits need efficient packaging solutions that aligns with their goals to:

      • Protect products
      • Meet marketing demands
      • Produce minimum waste
      • Cost effective assembly

Companies that address all of these considerations are more likely to experience brand success and consumer loyalty. Companies must ask themselves today how to deliver their products with appealing wrapping or gift packaging, with recyclable materials, and at the lowest possible cost. Answers to these questions provide a good foundation for the right kitting and assembly services to meet your business model for profitability and consumer satisfaction.

Consider Cost-Efficient Pre-Assembly for Kitting 

Companies selling various products that require kitting such as cosmetics, tools and hardware, arts and crafts, and any other combination of products grouped together require an efficient method of kitting and assembly. Take a makeup kit for example, while many products must be assembled into appealing gift packaging, several of those products may require individual wrappings such as eye makeup enclosed in protective cello bags prior to assembling in a kit.

Protective and appealing kitting may require pre-assembly of some products prior to final assembly. You need a custom contract wrapping and packaging specialist with experience in kitting and assembly, including pre-assembly. This saves companies money when they can rely on one wrapping and packaging company to pre-assemble certain products and then perform the final gift packaging assembly as well. 

Peoria Production Solutions Provides Packaging and Kitting Solutions

Peoria Production Solutions, PPS, has been providing kitting and assembly packaging services for more than 80 years. We offer a modern facility, a highly trained and skilled staff dedicated to a high attention of detail for total customer satisfaction. PPS follows a strict quality policy as part of our ISO9001:2015 registration, practiced with top-down involvement with all employees committed to continual improvement and a job well done.

We focus on training and employee development, lean processes with value stream mapping, and cross training that eliminates potential bottlenecks. Our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system tracks all incoming customer supplied material with lot code traceability and full accountability.

PPS offers secondary and specialty wrapping, packaging, and assembly to meet kitting needs for companies of all sizes. We provide secondary production and packaging solutions to some of the largest Fortune 100 companies and manufacturers with high quality and on-time delivery. Contact us to learn more about improving your packaging with great kitting and assembly services.