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CUES Part Packaging Requirements

CUES Part Packaging Requirements

1.0      PURPOSE

Establish a procedure to provide general guidelines for packaging, protection, and identification of CUES parts and assemblies.  

2.0      SCOPE

This procedure applies to all parts and assemblies used in CUES products.   

3.0      DEFINITIONS

ESD - Electro-Static Discharge OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer PCB - Printed Circuit Board  

4.0      RESPONSIBILITIES

Guidance and execution of this procedure shall be the joint responsibilities of the CUES Quality, Manufacturing, Production/Inventory Control, and Purchasing departments.   It is the responsibility of the supplier to provide a level of packaging necessary to protect the parts and assemblies through the course of the supply chain, including freight transportation, material handling, kitting, and storage.   The supplier may contact the CUES Quality or Purchasing departments to discuss specific packaging concerns.  

5.0      GENERAL

All parts and assemblies must be packaged and protected to a level necessary to ensure protection from origination of shipment at the supplier through point of use in production.  Compliance with the guidelines established herein shall not be construed as a waiver of the supplier’s responsibility for damages incurred due to inadequate packaging and protection.   Packaging, protection, and identification must meet the minimum levels described in section 5.0 below and include additional requirements if noted on CUES engineering drawings.  Unless otherwise stipulated, OEM packaging will suffice for bulk purchased items (e.g. electronic components, standard fasteners, consumable goods, etc.).    Identification must include the following information:  Externally supplied (purchased) - All parts shall have the outermost bulk container identified with Supplier name and part number, Cues part number, revision level, purchase order number, quantity and all serial numbers/date codes if applicable.   Additionally, individually packaged items shall require the same information on the outermost individual container.   Internally supplied (in-house make) - All parts shall have the outermost bulk container identified with CUES part number, revision level, work order number, quantity, date of manufacture, and serial number if applicable.   Additionally, individually packaged items shall require the same information on the outermost individual container.  The sections below define general packaging requirements by part type.       

5.1   MACHINED

Machined parts with a surface finish of 125 or better, any feature specifying a total tolerance range less than 0.010”, exposed external threads or sealing surfaces, or plastic, painted, coated, anodized or plated shall be individually packaged with a minimum of two levels of protection, e.g. bubble wrapped and boxed.    Machined parts that do not meet the criteria above shall be individually packaged with a minimum of one level of protection, e.g. bubble wrapped or boxed.  Parts machined from ferrous steels or alloys without surface treatment or subject to corrosion shall be treated with a light coat of machine oil and individually bagged prior to packaging.  

5.2   FABRICATED/FORMED/WELDED

Fabricated, formed, and welded parts that are painted, coated, anodized or plated shall be individually packaged with a minimum of one level of protection, e.g. bubble wrapped or boxed.  Provisions shall be made to protect thin material parts from external stresses (bending, twisting, etc.).  For parts that are too large where individual packaging becomes impractical they shall be protected and secured to a pallet to prevent shifting during transport and handling.  If parts are machined after fabrication, the criteria under section 5.1 will take precedence.  

5.3   GLASS

Glass parts or those containing glass shall be individually packaged with a minimum of two levels of protection, e.g. bubble wrapped and boxed.    

5.4   ELECTRONICS/PCB’s

Electronic assemblies shall be individually packaged with a minimum of two levels of protection using approved ESD packaging material, e.g. bubble wrapped and boxed.  PCB’s and PCB assemblies shall be packaged with a method that protects against external stresses (bending, twisting, etc.).    Electronic parts with exposed pins shall have the pins pressed into antistatic foam and bagged or placed in an approved antistatic container (tube, etc) that prevents the pins from being damaged.   

5.5   CABLE ASSEMBLIES

Cable assemblies shall be individually bagged with measures taken to protect exposed pins, contacts, and other features susceptible to damage.  

5.6   KITTED PARTS

Parts with multiple components delivered in an unassembled state shall be packaged and protected together complete in an individual kit vs. bulk packaging.