Terms and Definitions

 

1st Piece Approval Procedure Dimensional, visual and structural verification process for all new products and tooling.
3D Solid Modeling CAD Design
Complex design of components, tooling, and equipment using Three Dimensional Computer Added Design (CAD) software.
Aerospace Components Material science used for aerospace packaging applications.
ANSI
American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is a representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
Assembly
We assemble your items per your specifications. Using the resources of our engineering group we also are looking for potential improvements to enhance your product needs. Our engineers will create a custom automation solution for manufacturing for most products.
Assembly & Disassembly Manuals
Deufol will provide both assembly and disassembly manuals generated specifically for your particular applicates. These manuals are detailed instructions for these processes.
Assembly & Kitting
When you need to outsource product packaging, we can make and assemble the items. As a custom packaging manufacturer we can create automated production lines to pack many items together with efficiency eliminating the maual manufacturing of kits and components.
ASTM
ASTM is the governing body that establishes and maintains all testing critera for most materials and manufacturing processes.
Automated Error Proofing Building automated solutions to stop defects from being passed on to the end user.
Automated Poka Yoke A mistake proofing device that is used in our processes to avoid any nonconformance in our processes.
Automation
Machines or robots that sort, build, move and pack packages at a high speed. Increase your packaging speed, quality and efficiency by having us create an automated packaging process for you. We can make and pack clamshell packaging and blister packaging. Deufol also does contract packaging manufacturing.
Automotive PAPP's
An AITF - 16949 requirement to fully analyze a process and product to avoid producing and/or shipping defective product to the customer. Used at the beginning of the life cycle or after design changes occur; a PPAP uses tools such as control plans, FMEA's, Inspection standards, Gage R&R's to establish that the process is robust and to identify potential weaknesses in the process that may require attention
Automotive Thermoforming Applications Scientifically formulated plastics can be thermoformed to create sturdy automotive pieces at Deufol.
Blister Card
Typical blister packs have marketing cards that are printed with 4 colors, which is standard. More colors can be used on the blister card packaging when needed.
Blister Design
The 3 dimensional design of the actual component that will capture the customer product. Deufol Engineers use CAD software for blister packaging design, as well as custom clamshells.
Blister Packs
The assembly of the blister cards, blisters and customer product in it's finished state. A clear plastic shell that is bonded to or trapped between two blister cards. Bonding takes place with heat (temperature), pressure, and dwell (how long the pressure is applied).
Break Bulk
Items that will not fit into a normal shipping container must ship in a special crate in the break bulk area on the ship. This type of custom crating may need CAD, customer design, quality inspections, desiccants, and special lifting onto the ship; may needs a dredge.
Bundling Putting items together with banding, shrink wrap or thermoforming.
CAD
Computer-Aided Design. Software technology used by our engineers to design and document custom thermoform packages. We use 3D Solid Modeling CAD Design software.
Capability Studies Analyses
An analyses using graphs and statistics, which is part of Six Sigma, to assess your processes and compare it to your performance. Controlled Studies using statically analysis to show process stability over time
Clamshell
Two rigid plastic packaging sides fully encased with a hinge and can be automatically or manually sealed together to enclose item(s). A specific type of packaging blister used to trap the customer components between to similar sides. The use of a living hinge and snap features allows both sides of the blister to interlock to make one blister pack.
Clamshell Packaging
Hinged package with a snap closure. Can be sealed together manually or automatically. The process of using a clamshell blister to trap the customer product between to similar sides into one pack.
CNC Machining
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) maching is process that allows complex geometric featuers to be manufactured directly from a computer aided design (CAD) software.
CNC Programming CNC programming can be completed manually or with computer assist driven by the CAD design.
Consulting
We can start with a brief phone discussion listening to your issue or packaging need, and provide advice from the understanding. The next step would be formal consulting at your location after an agreed upon action plan.
Container A large standard shipping box used to send a large amount of items by ship or train.
Contract Manufacturing
Manufacturing of an actual package or product. Deufol creates the design for manufacturing and then sets up production to produce it for you.
Contract Packaging
A service of secondary packaging, bundling, kitting, display builds, and pallet builds that can all be done at our Sunman, Indiana location.
Cost Benefit Analysis The evaluation of cost benefit for enhancing a component or manufacturing process.
CpK - Process Capability
The measurement index used to determine the repeatability of a process. Normally generated during a process capability study
Crate Design Engineering uses CAD to design custom crates from wood or metal.
Crating Service for building custom containers from wood or metal, built in-house or on location, per customer specific needs.
Custom Automation
Deufol creates custom automation for manufacturing companies that want a partner to rely on for next level packaging.
Custom Crating Design
According to your specific needs and the specs of your product, our engineers design a custom crate to protect your cargo during shipping and during storage .
Custom Designed Packaging Lines
From manual lines to fully automated lines, Deufol can create packaging lines for your specific needs. Deufol provides blister packaging services and clamshell packaging services. Each packaging line is timed and tested for efficiencies and quality tested.
Custom Engineering Solutions Solutions based on a vast level of engineering skill sets to meet all customer needs.
Custom line production An efficiently set up and timed production process is designed with your specific quality requirements in mind.
Custom Returnable Container Design Packaging specifically designed to be returned to the customer and reused in multiple shipments.
Cutting Die
Die cutting is the process of cutting all non molded geometry on a thermoformed parts. This is usually out outside of the part or possibly holes that may need pierced in the part.
Date-Item Coding The process of using dates for product traceability on manufactured product
Desiccant Moisture removing bag.
Design Engineer Engineers with specific skills directly related to design and the function of the design.
Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis (DFMEA)
Identifying all possible failures of a design and the effects is an analysis provided by our engineers to assure all angles have been considered before production.
Die Cut Process of cutting the shape out of the plastic. Most common die cut uses steel rule dies.
Distribution/warehousing Central location warehouse to ship fulfillment of warehoused and packed items to customers when ordered.
Draft Angle from perpendicular needed to remove plastic part from the mold.
Draw Depth dimension from top to bottom. Also known as the height of a product.
Drayage Short haul transportation/ not to shipping destination. Moving with a police escort from place to place.
Dredge Powerful machine for pulling up or removing earth, as from the bottom of the ocean or a river.
Dunnage
Material placed with a product into a box or crate in order to prevent the item from moving or being damaged during shipping. Dunnage comes in various forms such as thermoform trays and air filled bags.
Electrical Engineer Engineering discipline specific to most electrical circuitry and plc programming
Engineering Package Consultation
Deufol engineers provide solutions for tough packaging issues. From packaging process design, to packaging design, production line design, as well as manufacturing equipment programming , equipment diagnostics and process mapping.
Engineering Services
Our team of engineers take your idea from conceptual design, to the delivery of the product packaged for customized packaging.
Equipment Commissioning and validation The process of proving capability of all new equipment and tooling
Equipment DOE's
The process of identifying all variables of a process and conducting defined studies to develop the process parameters in a controlled enviroment. DOE's are also used to trouble shoot a process in the event of an issue with fit, form, function or quality or a component
Equipment Guarding Installation
Our Engineering team can design, fabricate and install custom machine guards to help prevent risk when using equipment.
Equipment Validation Documented records for our qualification process according to the compliance regulations.
Ergonomic Evaluation
We assess manufacturing areas for a safe worksite, and routines that could impact the risk for injury among employees.
Export
Package and paperwork completed before sending overseas. Our shipping department is up to date on export regulations so you do not have to take on that responsibility.
Fabrication Fabrication is the process of manufacturing tubing and sheetmetal components to customer specifications
Face Seal Where the blister is sealed directly to the front of a blister card
Finite Element Analysis
"The finite element method (FEM) is a numerical method for solving problems of engineering and mathematical physics. " Wikipedia
Foamed PETG Plastic compound that can be sterilized.
Free Consultation A brief phone discussion listening to the issue or packaging need, and providing advice from the understanding.
Freight on Board (F.O.B.) The customer takes responsibility of the product and the frieght once it leaves our docks.
Fulfillment Deufo currently has fullfillment services that respond to customer orders.
Gap Analysis Comparing actual performance to projected or potential performance.
Global Services
Deufol has 93 locations throughout the world to service your needs, and we are still growing. An advantage we have is that have packaging engineers- many packaging companies do not.
Hand packing
Display business often requires packing by hand. One time pack is available. We can hand pack, or set up automation, or anything in between.
Hang hole
A hole placed strategically in packaging so the product/package can be displayed by hanging from pegs in a retail environment.
Hazmat The Term used to designate hazardous material
Heavy Lift Equipment capable of lifting heavy payloads. Heavy lift equipment is available at most Deufol sites.
HUB
Manage all of your vendors in one place. We receive the parts, check for damages, store them, and when needed, we kit them and send them to your location in time for assembly.
Import
We can accept your import shipment and warehouse it until we receive an order to package, and then ship to your customer.
In House Outsourcing We go to your location to package or crate items. Protected by copyright.
Industrial Engineer Map processes; identify any waste and best practices.
Industrial Packaging
The process of packaging for transpotation of equipment, machines and components. Protecting manufactured products for transportation to another location. There are many variables to consider in industrial packaging. The main variables are: design, dunnage, crate building, temperature control, humidity control, and g-force.
Industrial Relocation
The process of relocating equipment, machines and components from one facility to another. Deufol teams can pack up your old industrial facility, provide complete transparency during the move, and then unpack and reassemble the new facility to mirror the old facility, down to the stapler on your work desk.
In-line versus Off-line
In-line process is completed on a packaging line / machine. Off-line is a manual process not on a packaging line / machine.
Innovative Packaging We find solutions for your toughest packaging challenges.
Insert Paper or board that usually contains product information and is found inside the package.
International Standards
We follow the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) guidelines that is backed by the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Kitting Breaking large packages of components into smaller packages at the customer specified counts.
Label Error Proofing The ability to scan and verify that the correct lable is applied to the carton
Labeling Labeling is custom to your specifications and graphic design.
Lean Implementation
The manufacturing systematic method of eliminating waste is "lean manufacturing" which is how Deufol operates on a dailey basis.
Lean Six Sigma
A method of teamwork to improve collaboration, performance and eliminate waste. To eliminate "downtime" we practice lean Six Sigma.
Logistics Service
Deufol offers services to manage the flow of the entire engineering packaging solutions, storage, shipping and receiving processes for your items.
Machinists Custom production tooling machining is done after the design engineer develops the package design.
Manufacturing Equipment Refurbish Rebuilding or retrofitting equipment to exceed the manufacturers specifications
Manufacturing Fabrication Processing Aids
The practice of building support applications line fixtures, tooling, templates and other manufacturing aids to the customer specifications.
Mechanical & Electrical Applications AutoCAD software applications.
Mechanical Engineer Provides custom design work. Our mechanical engineers provide custom engineering solutions for your packaging.
Medical Device Thermoforming Thermoforming geared to meet the needs of the medical devise industry
Molds
The tooling used to form the cavity sections of a part. Custom thermoforming companies use molds to create production tooling to shape the plastic to the form needed for packaging.
NDA Non-disclosure Agreement
NOR Notification of readiness. Shows the product is ready to ship.
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
OnSite Logistics
Deufol offers field services that emcompass crating, material and plant movements and project material management services throughout North America.
Outsource Custom Packaging
We are packaging experts. It makes financial sense to have an outside company like Deufol do packaging for you when there are large amounts to packaging using automation. This keeps you focused on your innovative core business and allows for professional packaging.
Package/ Label Complete After packaging each product the label is applied by either an automated system or by hand.
Packaging Automated or hand packaging services. American packaging as well as packaging provided for global distribution.
Packaging Design
Deufol's engineers can design packaging from you packaging concept. Once the mechanical engineers create the design, our electrical engineers program and work on equipment diagnostics. Next our Industrial engineers identify any waste and create best practices. Finally our machinists take the design and create the tooling for the package.
Packaging Hub
A packing location we create that is strategically close to our clients. We recieve all parts, unpack the parts from various vendors, check for quality and report any bad quality parts or damaged parts, and then repack into kits or bundles. Theses packs are then sent to our clients facility for assembly as needed.
Packaging Manufacturing We make rigid packaging as well as custom crates.
Pallet Storage
Warehouse services that provides pallet storage by rack-bin location or floor storage through an enhanced WMS warehouse management system. All warehouse pallet storage locations are clean and dry with climate contral locations available when needed.
Parts Program
Either at your site or at one of our sites, we can receive your parts, kit them together for each job station, then we ship the kitted parts in time for assembly in your factory.
PDQ Display P.O.P. Point of Purchase. Tray designed specifically to go on a shelf loaded with your product.
PET Polyethylene teraphthalate, commonly abreviated PET. The most common resin of the polyester family.
PETG Polyethylene teraphthalate with a glycol additive. Good for deep draws, precise details and sterilization applications.
PLA Poly Lactic Acid. Made of corn; eco-friendly plastic. Must be refrigerated to transport; will biodegrade when hot.
Plant Layouts
The layout and design of people, materials, information and machinery to create a safe well functioning system is a service we provide.
Plant Relocation
We work with each department to create a detailed, efficient, documented process to limit your downtime and eliminate the risks of damage throughout transport for a pain free transition to your new facility.
Plastic Clamshell Packaging Packaging process using a clamshell ( see clamshell definition in the glossary ) type of package.
PLC Programming Programmable logic controller is used to control machinery in our assembly lines.
POP Display
Point of purchase display. We can load product in your display, wrap for shipping, store them in our warehouse and ship them to you or directly to your customers.
Preservation
Some of the items used to keep industrial items fresh during shipment are VCI (vapor corrosion inhibitor) material, desiccant, paint, foil, and vacuum pack.
Preventive Maintenance (PM) A process / program used to identify and maintain components of manufacturing equipment that can fail over time.
Process & Equipment Control Parameters Parameters of a manufacturing process used to maintain fit, form, function and quality of a manufactured part.
Process & Equipment Validation Evaluation of data collected to verify that the process and equipment consistently delivers quality products.
Process Control Studies
Processes like Validation, process capability studies and design of experments are used to aid in the control of processes
Process Flow Diagrams & FMEAs
A visual process developed to show the entire realization of a manufactured part. This Flow shows all points of movement and inspection.
Process Mapping
A visual process showing the entire cycle of any process or component. It identifies any potential bottlenecks or risks that might not be readily seen in the normal realization process
Production Manuals
Production manuals are generated to identify all process critical parameters or key inspection characteristics. Packing, stacking and labeling requirements are also included in these manuals
Production Tooling Design Permanent designed tooling machined to meet customers specifications for each product designed.
Prototype A preliminary part made on non production tooling to supply to the customer for performance trials
PVC
Poly Vinyl Chloride. Has good strength characteristics and is very good in blisters and clamshells. Not as easily recycled as PET.
Quality ISO 9001, ISO 13485 International Quality Standards, Qake Certified.
Quality and Control
Quality is built into the all aspects of the manufactured part. From Design, tooling manufacturing, prototype and production tooling tooling Quality is the key component.
Refurbish The process of bringing outdated equipment to exceed the OEM requirements
Repackage
When your retailer decides to change the promotional packaging, we will unpack, repack and send the items to the store.
Returnable Container We build custom returnable containers to ship from your vendors and back again to save on materials.
RFI Preliminary request for information
RFP Formal request for pricing
RFQ Request for quote
Robotics Automation We automate routine tasks by building robotic systems to save time and labor expenses.
Rotable
A custom returnable container design. A rotable design can be created for your shipping and recieving of items to and from your vendors to save packaging material.
Scannable Codes Programing is available to create your scannable codes and print them onto the label.
Sequencing Just in time kits; Deufol will pack kits just when they are needed by the assembly team at your location.
Shrink Wrap Plastic wrap that is molded tightly with heat or steam around the items to hold several parts together.
Solutions We thrive on coming up with custom solutions for your crating/packaging issues!
Sourcing We can source all material and labor needed for projects to provide turnkey solutions when required.
SOW Statement of work. Instructions of what customers expect of us.
Space For finished goods and warehousing services.
Specs Management Control of all customer supplied specifications and engineering documentation is managed electronically
Stuffing
Put into container- use technology to pack and unpack in order of planned use of the contents. First items in the container will be removed from the container first for efficiency.
Supply Chain
The process of getting your product from parts vendors to manufacturing to the sales floor. What are your biggest supply chain issues? We can help!
Synchronous Manufacturing A type of lean manufacturing comparable to just in time manufacturing. Reduces lead time and inventory.
Tamper proof packaging Features designed into the pack to deter theft of the product inside the pack.
Thermoforming
The process of forming and trimming thin gage sheet plastic film into customer specified shapes. Rigid plastic packaging made and packaged in Sunman, Indiana. Custom thermoform design. Custom thermoform packaging. Turn-key packaging operations available.
Thought Mapping
An organizational structure used to get all creative ideas out from all team memebers and organize them to show relationships and conncetions between ideas.
Tooling
We design and produce the tools needed for your specific packaging requirements for thermoformed clamshell packaging or blister packages. Thermoforming services must include thermoform tooling which includes 3D design, a prototype, and production tooling. Production tooling machining is completed in our engineers machine shop.
Tooling Refurbish Rebuilding or repairing tooling to update it to new condition.
Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Improving equipment effectiveness by creating a system to maintain and enhance production and quality systems.
Trapped Blister Packaging Design
More attractive package than the face seal. The blister is trapped between 2 sealed cards. A warehouse club package is a trapped blister. This is also a stronger package than the face seal package.
Tri-fold Packaging
This design is similar to a clamshell; the difference is that the Tri fold packs have two hinges. This type of pack is becoming obsolete, however, because it is less environmentally friendly (uses a lot of plastic), despite its ability to display well.
Turn Key
Complete product realization. From design to delivery, we can create your custom thermoform packages, as well as crating needs.
Vac Form
Process of pulling heated plastic over or into a tool using vacuum. More commony used today with vacuum and air pressure.
Value Stream Mapping
A lean management system used to analyze the current state of a product or service to the future state; from conception to customer delivery.
Vendor Management
We can create a HUB to manage your vendors in a location that makes the most sense. With a HUB we find the location, receive shipments, warehouse the parts, kit all parts, and deliver to your assembly line right when you need them.
Warehousing Receiving and storage of products and finished goods in a racking system of multiple levels of shelving.