Systems Based Design

What Is Systems Based Design?

All of the services provided by White & Co. are based on Systems Based Design, a proven process of unit load component cost optimization based on an understanding of how the pallet, packaging and material handling equipment interact during product distribution and storage to design the unit load component parts.

Dr. White's concept of systems-based packaging design maximizes the relationship between the design and performance of the unit load.

Benefits of Systems Based Design:

  • Improved Warehouse Safety
  • Reduced Product Damage
  • Lower Packaging Costs
  • Increased Unit Load Handling Speed
  • Improved Storage & Shipping Space Efficiency
  • More Efficient Use of Natural Resources

Component Based Design - Inefficient and Costly

The traditional method of unit load design is component based. Unit load storage and distribution systems consist of three interacting parts:

  • Package (with product)
  • Pallet
  • Handling & Storage Equipment

In most companies today, each of these components are designed by a separate, independent design community, all focused on cost reduction.

The consequences of component based design in the supply chain include:

  • Unsafe Workplaces
  • Product Damage
  • High Packaging Costs
  • Reduced Handling Efficiency
  • Wasted Natural Resources
  • Reduction of Environmental Quality

These consequences are amplified by the requirement for purchasing managers to achieve year-over-year cost reductions. A common practice when faced with this scenario is to reduce the amount of raw material used, because it represents the highest cost. However, this strategy often worsens product damage and workplace safety, because performance levels have been compromised.

Interactions considered during systems based unit load design:

  • Distribution vibration and resonance
  • Load bridging and deformation
  • Unit load deflections
  • Interfacial friction and load stability
  • Vertical and horizontal stabilization
  • Compression stress and product protection

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