Safe transportation of replacement parts is a primary focus for businesses in the aerospace industry. According to Lufthansa Technik, aircraft service checks and line maintenance must be performed on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and there is no room for error. Replacement parts must be supplied efficiently and in guaranteed working order, which can be costly. We go in-depth to suggest four types of packaging costs that can be reduced without compromising safety and business performance.

Transportation costs

The transportation of bulky aerospace parts can directly impact your business costs. Metrics such as size, weight, and resilience of packaging can be reviewed and improved to reduce transportation costs. Here at Macfarlane Packaging Design and Manufacture, we use Solid Works 3D CAD to visualise the packaging at each stage of the design project, to deliver a resilient and economic packaging solution perfectly tailored to the product’s needs.

 Productivity Costs

Complex products such as aeroplane wings, flaps, winglets or instrumentation often require complex packaging, but is there a pack design that can be erected, filled and sealed more quickly? Ease of assembly and packing increases output – it also can be unpacked more quickly by the end user, speeding up turnaround when the replacement part is needed.  Focus on the product and the process to identify packaging solutions that deliver speed, accuracy and product integrity.

Product protection

Product protection is paramount for the aerospace industry. High-value parts have to endure a range of intense conditions and require protection from the shock of impact and vibration, extreme climatic changes and humidity. They also may require electrostatic & magnetic protection. Getting the packaging right is a vital part of protecting your products and reputation. Packaging with a high strength to weight ratio is preferable, composite constructions combining materials such as glass fibre,  timber or plywood, lined with suitable cushioning materials can enable lightweight pack design that will not compromise on protection. This not only eliminates the risk of damage but helps deliver significant savings in shipping costs too.

Environmental expenses

By using reusable packaging when possible and a recycling scheme where appropriate, total packaging waste and costs associated can be reduced. Whatever the packaging solution, Macfarlane Packaging-Design and Manufacture adopts the 3R principle of responsible packaging:

  • Reduce – packs that are functional, easy to use, and fully protective. Most importantly, they use as little material as possible and are compact and light to help reduce waste and shipping costs.
  • Re-use – wherever opportunities for ‘closed loop’ operations exist, packs will be robust enough for multi-trip use to support efficient longer-term investment.
  • Recycle – selecting materials that are readily recyclable. Where appropriate, many of our packs contain recycled content It is possible to re-design packs to provide superior protection using more sustainable materials.

Here at Macfarlane Packaging: Design and Manufacture we help aerospace customers design responsible packaging that saves costs and increases productivity. We also offer a controlled packing service, packing your products for you, on-site or off, to defence standards if required.


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