Shipper Harmonization to Lower Machine Cost
Rivera Santos, Luis O.
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This shipper harmonization process to lower machine cost project was focused in improve the packaging process and machine cost reduction in this case a Case Packer by going to a shipper harmonization process. The harmonization process will be performed to the case packing process in which the folding cartons (IFC) pack outs will be harmonize by standardizing the number of shipper utilized, which in turn will minimized or reduce the number of shipper and also obtain a better quote when bidding the case packer machine. Harmonization consists of adjustment of differences and inconsistencies among different measurements, methods, procedures, schedules, specifications, or systems to make them uniform or mutually compatible  in which in this case the packaging process will be benefit because at least it can reduce the changeover process, waiting between lots and will provide a most reliable packaging process due to a less change parts and different materials sizes utilized. To improve the case packing process and also to be successful in shipper harmonization process, the DMAIC methodology can be used. DMAIC is an acronym for a series of steps used to measure defects in business processes and improve profitability. The term DMAIC stands for the five main steps in the process; Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. This project seeks to obtained a competitive alternative for the machine and also provide a reliable process. DMAIC is a data-driven quality strategy used to improve processes. It is an integral part of a Six Sigma initiative, but in general can be implemented as a standalone quality improvement procedure or as part of other process improvement initiatives such as lean . Key terms - Case Packer Machine, Cost Reduction, Harmonization, Shipper Harmonization.