The days when your go-fer gets home from the parts store and has the main part you need, but not the bolts and other accessories that go with it, is fast disappearing. Packaging what it takes to replace or overhaul a single component into a kit is the trend.
Recently, CNH Industrial set up a mini-processing line, using the first 20 employees they've hired for their new Special Processing Center at Lebanon, to show how kits can be quickly assembled, packaged, and made ready for distribution.
Rodney Boles, supervising the demonstration, explained that the kit consisted of a main part and several accessories needed to attach the part to the machine. In this case they were going to package the kit on a flat piece of cardboard. The first step was to make sure engineers said they had the right parts, and that the directions for making the replacement once the technician or farmer got the kit were verified. It's a key part of what CNH Industrial employees do at the new center.
In this case the parts were laid on the board, then a machine applied a film in a shrink-wrap type procedure. Several kits were on one large sheet at the same time, and went through the machine that added the plastic and sealed the kits.
Once the large cards came out of the machine, workers began to remove individual kits and apply bar codes. Each kit looked like it had been processed separately, when it fact it had been processed in mass with several other identical kits at the same time.
This process will help the facility turn out hundreds of individual kits, and hundreds to thousands of each one. There are over 300 forage kits alone for the CNH Industrial forage product line, Boles says.