|DALE'S SECOND LAW:|
|EVERY PACKAGING OPERATION REQUIRES AN|
|EQUAL AND OPPOSITE UNPACKAGING OPERATION.|
The force of this law extends from consumer packaging right through industrial containers and
into shipping and natural resource handling. It governs use and waste of both materials and labor,
thus affecting lean manufacturing efforts. From there, it goes on into waste disposal and environ-
mental conservation. A few examples and corollaries follow.
When you received those CDs for Christmas, how long did it take
you to get them out of
their armored packaging?
it took a huge industrial machine to package an item, unpackaging it will likely
industrial solution, too.
In any manufacturing operation, an internal packaging operation
will result in wasted labor
and materials, both when the WIP is packaged, and as it is removed from that packaging.
Corollary 3 is only partially circumvented by using recyclable
empty bins back to the point of origin and then cleaning them is still non-value-added activity.
Some loss (damage, spillage, shrinkage, contamination) always occurs during both
packaging and unpackaging operations. One needs to include both of these losses in