Above all, product design is driven by the product’s functionality and cost-effectiveness, and this is altogether natural. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to consider logistical aspects as well already in the design stage.
Therefore, we encourage our customer to involve us as early as during the product concept development phase. We can help our customers to see what is possible in serial production, as well as what is efficient and economically viable from the logistics viewpoint.
Logistics should be contemplated broadly. In addition to product transportation, it includes product packages, as well as packaging and handling of the actual products.
Transport as little air as possible
From the viewpoint of packaging, it is important to find solutions for making the final product packages as tight and thus cost-effective as possible. In addition to this, the visual quality of many parts, such as tractor surface components, for example, must be top-notch. In these cases, as well, the role of packaging is emphasized.
Sometimes it is worthwhile to design a more complex product so that contrary to the original design, we manufacture two parts, which are assembled closer to the destination. This way, packaging and logistics costs can be optimized.
Package recycling reduces emissions
In product design, we should always consider the ability to recycle the packages. Environmental aspects are becoming more important, which means that instead of disposable packages, ones that can recycled and reused – returned to us – constitute a reasonable choice.
We should consider this in product design and examine the possibilities for package recycling. In this matter as well, we can consult and suggest alternatives for environmentally friendly packaging. Reducing emissions is a goal we all share.
Product design also from the viewpoint of internal logistics
A product’s journey from the drawing board to production, as well as packaging and transportation involve a further logistical aspect: Internal logistics. It is a good idea to consider already in the design stage how to handle the products packaged and unpacked as easy as possible. This is individual, but we can identify what is essential in your specific case.
So, when a new product is arriving to your drawing board, remember to consider logistics as well.