Hey there people,
First Post!..Been reading the forum for a while now, but thought i’d register and let you know what i’m doing and what problems i’ve hit and maybe get some advice?
OK, so i’m 4 weeks into an 8 week placement at an electronics company, they manufacture PAT Testers (laymans terms - things that test whether electrical goods are ok to use…those little stickers that say “tested until 2010”)
So far, its been a bit slow…I have just finished my second year at Northumbria University doing Design For Industry, my knowledge of packaging is was very little.
My hand was forced into taking whatever placement came along rather than doing an extra brief for Uni and getting no industry experience. So this resulted in me doing something i am not really enjoying.
Anyways, My brief was to reduce the amount of packaging that the company uses, and make it alot more standardised.
And look into changing suppliers because the company we supply our bespoke packaging from has a high MOQ and they dump all of the pallets of packaging on the company.
So far, i’ve designed 2 different boxes, one is a smaller version of a box they recently stated using, I designed the smaller one to house the 3 best selling products, this reduces shipping costs due to the fact that they arent shipping any air around in the box as they were in the bigger box.
I have also designed a box that house 9 different sized and shaped products, this I think is a good feat, quite innovative I may add
It uses extra tabs to hold in different items, so no extra inserts need manfacturing.
So i am looking to get these 2 boxes put into production, I have yet to contact the company we are currently dealing with, due to the fact they might rip us off, so I have tried to outsource…to no avail, i have emailed companies photos and technical drawings of my boxes and had 2 replies, one was that the order quantity we were looking for was too small, and the other wouldnt deal with us becuase of our “geographical location.”
I guess im just looking for some advice for anyone that maybe ever done anything like this?
I maybe feel as though i’m not being professional enough, just because im here every day people are seeing the prototypes ive been making with like 10 rolls of making tape on…
My mannerisms are professional, but i’m only 20 i still feel as though people dont think im not mature enough or competatnt enough to do the job, to be fair my lack of packaging knowledge puts me at a disadvantage, but im trying!, learning on the job, coming in and seeing things from a fresh perspective
I have another part of the brief which involves designing a “utility belt” for the people using these testers, this i feel as though i might be able to get my teeth into, i mean they only want conceptual drawings to send to the far east…i can deliver that!
if anyone wants to chip in with anything then please do, sorry this is an essay, im just looking for some inspiration!
Any questions please ask away! ive probably missed load out