A Group Technology Approach for Container Size Selection
The problem considered in this chapter is the selection of carton sizes for shipping items produced in a small batch manufacturing environment. Rather than selecting an optimum container design for each item, the problem is that of selecting a single container or a limited number of containers for the variety of items and range of order sizes that are characteristic of the particular small batch manufacturer. The focus is on two issues: cost considerations and the carton size selection method. The relevant cost factors are identified and used as the criteria for evaluating the selected carton sizes. A grouping technique is used to assist in the determination of carton sizes, and the results of the application of the methodology for a set of historical data are evaluated.
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