Suppliers of production parts and materiel are to be held responsible for packaging their products in pre-approved packaging and in accordance with the instructions contained herein. All reference applicable Outside Data Sheets, BPS 4050 and relevant QPS for packaging and labeling requirements. Each of the unit package or container labels as specified in BPS 4050 shall also be identified with a 3 of 9 barcode for Bell Helicopter or Manufacturer's Part Number.
In general, the selection of the method of packaging will depend upon the specific part or material, the method of transportation and the method of handling required by the receiver. However, certain basic factors deserve consideration:
Bell Helicopter expects that Suppliers inform themselves of all relevant considerations and determine packaging accordingly.
Bell Helicopter reserves the right to review all supplier-packaging designs and rejecting those designs, which are not compatible or adequate to Bell Helicopter's systems. In addition, suppliers are to review their packaging on an on-going basis in order to improve deliverable part quality, part presentation and continual minimization of costs.
The specific method used should be chosen to best fulfill the requisites of good packaging practice for any given commodity.
To permit efficient handling and ergonomically safe containers, the following conditions will apply:
All material/dunnage used in shipping containers shall have a minimum burst test strength and wall thickness to adequately withstand the demands of transport from the point of manufacture to the receiving location without failure. When applicable and appropriate dunnage should be permanently affixed to primary container. Returnable dunnage shall follow the same cleanliness procedure outlined for primary containers.
The acceptable closure for packages is adhesive carton sealing tape or fiber reinforced paper tape. Staples and glue are not acceptable as a method of container closure.
This method of packaging is intended for multiple shipments. The containers are to be controlled and returned to the supplier for reuse.
Suppliers, who ship to Bell Helicopter in returnable containers, shall identify the contents with an adhesive shipping parts identification label, that can be removed easily, yet remain affixed during inbound transit move and handling in our plant. Two container labels shall be clearly visible on adjoining surfaces of a returnable container. In order to avoid confusion, ensure that the container is clean of old labels.
The use of clean, damage-free containers perpetuates a commitment to quality. When returnable containers are selected, all suppliers are responsible for container maintenance.
Damaged containers shall be repaired before they are re-introduced into the system. The use of faulty containers can lead to further damage to the container or its contents or may represent a safety hazard.
In keeping with its commitment to protect the environment, Bell Helicopter makes every effort to keep the use of disposable packaging to a minimum by utilizing re-usable packaging. When the packaging type is being selected, Bell Helicopter takes the following factors into account: