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Late stage customization in the cheese packaging.A study on the packaging customization possibilities in a cheese packaging factory

Verreussel, M.J. (2016) Late stage customization in the cheese packaging.A study on the packaging customization possibilities in a cheese packaging factory.

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Abstract:This assignment is aimed at the possibilities for late stage customization for cheese packaging. It consists of a research of the current packaging process and a study on possible techniques. The employer is the company Royal FrieslandCampina, which has its R&D facility located in Wageningen. The company produces and sells dairy based consumer products all across the world. In addition, products are supplied to professional customers and sells ingredients and half-finished products to manufacturers. This creates an annual revenue of 11,3 billion euros and makes FrieslandCampina one of the largest dairy companies in the world. The current cheese packaging process consists of various types of cheeses and brands. This resulted in a lot of different printed packages, which made it a costly and complex process. The supply chain management of these factories asked for a less complex packaging system, which can be monitored more easily and be more efficient. FrieslandCampina figured that different printed packages can be put through a more uniform packaging line, with a customisation step at the end of the process. FrieslandCampina is convinced that late stage customization can increase supply chain efficiency and can result in cost reduction. This idea was converted to the following research question: “Which late stage customization steps can be implemented in the cheese packaging lines of Wolvega to increase line efficiency, prevent obsolete packaging material and increase production flexibility?” To investigate this question, a research was started on the current process and its requirements. These requirements were used as a guideline for a preliminary research on customization possibilities for the Wolvega cheese packaging location of FrieslandCampina. The results of this research can be used to determine if a multidisciplinary team has to be started for further research on late stage customization possibilities.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:20 art studies
Programme:Industrial Design BSc (56955)
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