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Reduce cycle time





Hi!  I have a client that makes RF (radio frequency) connectors for  the cell
tower industry.  The connectors are 1/2" - 3" in diameter and are silver plated
at an outside vendor.  A brief description of the process for handling silver
plated parts is as follows:

1) Components are machined in our in house machine shop.
2) They are sent out to a plating vendor in divided corrugated cartons.
3) The components are plated by the vendor, packed individually in zip lock
plastic bags, put back into the corrugated cartons and returned to RFS.
4) The components are received and go to stock.
5) Components are pulled from stock to manufacturing orders.
6) The silver plated parts are brought to Easter Seals people who are
located in house to be removed from the bags.
7) The parts are brought to assembly.

 Question:  Does anyone have any ideas on how to possibly package these
differently to decrease the cycle and lead time but still protect the silver
plated parts from tarnishing? It takes a long time to individually unwrap the
silver connectors.  If we can find a different way to pack, we can lower the
cycle time.  The silver  tarnishes very quickly, and while the tarnishing
doesn't often the affect quality, it is unacceptable to the industry.   The
parts can't come back in direct contact with corrugated because this speeds up
the tarnishing process, and they can't be packaged so that they bang into one
another for quality reasons.  We would appreciate any ideas.

Thanks,
Judy Wlodarczyk
Environmental Management Specialist

CONNSTEP, Inc.
1090 Elm St.
Suite 202
Rocky Hill, CT  06067
www.connstep.org

Phone:  860-644-9718
Fax:       860-529-5001
Email:    jwlodarc@connstep.org



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