Master Data

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Packaging documentation is controlled differently in each company. It is based on technical specifications and packing instructions. In the ideal scenario there is a packaging database, which contains all packaging data and which is continuously updated.

In order to prevent problems in the implementation of new packaging, you and your packaging supplier need to have a common understanding of the requirements. Therefore the packaging database should store all packaging-relevant information:

  • Primary packaging in direct contact with your product
  • Secondary packaging or outer packaging with indirect contact to your product
  • Packing aids (examples are bubble wrap, strapping tape, pallets, adhesive tape)

The specification of packaging and packaging aids can be described as follows and is based on any specific requirements:

  • Packaging group (examples are flat pouches, floor-standing boxes, corrugated cardboard padding)
  • Material type (for example, B-flute, PE, PP, PET, biopolymer)
  • Thickness or strength
  • Dimensions
  • Number and/or volume units
  • Formats and weights

For example, for corrugated the flute type and paper quality must be stated, and for films the material and thickness must be stated in µm. If a supplier processes a single-flute in the corrugated cardboard instead of a double-flute, then this has a huge impact on the stability.
The database also includes sectional drawings as well as the technical specifications. These are 2D-drawing from the CAD Programme. Sectional drawings represent indispensable information for packaging producers.

Packing instructions for filling the packaging are stored in the database. Packing instructions assist in assembling constructions, in the compilation of different packaging materials and in the placement in the finished packaging. This is based on the technical specification, in which, for example, the number is stored. The packing instructions are essential in order to comply with the tested and specified requirements and thereby ensure the packaging process.

Our recommendation

We always recommend that packaging documentation be compiled, whichever company is producing the developed packaging. This is a fundamental pre-requisite for maintaining uniform delivery quality if several suppliers are involved or if there is a change of supplier. Also in the event of an internal personnel change in the packaging area, documentation will facilitate smooth operational processes. We will be pleased to take over the communications with your suppliers for you.

Electronic Data Interchange

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the transfer of structured data by means of specified electronic messaging standards from one Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to another with a minimum of manual intervention.
Before a decision is taken to use EDI messaging, an analysis of the processes between the two companies is recommended. As a basic pre-requisite for EDI projects, THIMM will agree the EDI rules (inc. emergency plan and responsibilities) between you and your suppliers. Inventory and requirements figures will be analysed so that reliable master data can be used as a base.
EDI reduces costs, faults and errors through the avoidance of paperwork, correspondence and other administrative and manual processes costs. The practical benefit and universal applicability for Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) is the result of the standardised specifications of EANCOM messages.

You benefit thanks to the simplification of inter-company process workflows through:

  • The reduction of processing times and costs
  • Extremely fast throughput times
  • High data quality
  • The avoidance of scheduling risks, incorrect orders and "out-of-stock" situations
  • A lower capital tie-up due to reduced inventory levels
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