Kitting: the benefits of outsourcing

Outsourcing your material kitting will reduce your inventory, consolidate your supplier base and streamline your production floor.

When outsourcing the kitting of electronic components and other products, you can operate more efficiently and remove the time-consuming process of sourcing and stocking materials. With staff being able to prioritise tasks that will drive output, outsourcing becomes a cost-effective solution to component kitting – bringing your business to its optimum capacity.

With access to an agile supply chain, you will gain a competitive advantage that is likely to see increased profitability. Able to respond to market demands and operating with increased speeds, your business will be able to thrive with flexibility and adaptability, benefiting workers and customers.

Our component kitting services

Vanilla offers a broad range of component kitting services. To simplify your material kitting process, we can deliver a production-ready kit across a variety of products, such as:

  • Electronic components
  • Assembled, tested printed circuit boards
  • Cable assemblies
  • Metal work
  • Fasteners
  • Packaging.

We can also combine our kitting service with our other vendor-managed services, such as VMI and consignment stocks, to offer tailored material kitting solutions direct to your production floor.

Benefits of using Vanilla

  • Electronic components, electro-mechanical and even a full product kitting service, delivered directly to your factory floor or that of your contract manufacturers
  • Robotic warehousing, automated material counters and a re-packaging service including automated optical inspection (AOI) for 100% accuracy
  • Automated component storage and handling through two 9.6m automated Lean Lifts, holding 35k components
  • Full traceability
  • Ability to upscale service to include manufactured sub-assemblies
  • One single invoice
  • Consolidated Deliveries, vendors and stocking keeping units (SKUs)
  • Reduced time to production
  • Reduced inventory
  • Reduced costs
  • Accurate stock for improved accounting and reduced line downs.

Vanilla will entirely customise its processes to each client’s requirement, from packaging and labelling, to levels of attrition, even individually binning components to customer specifications. We have experience in product kitting small projects to mass volume production, as well as over 1k line bills of materials (BOM) for high-reliability applications.

Further streamlining your supply chain, our customised kitting service can also include built sub-assemblies, electro-mechanical sub-assemblies, plastics, metal-work and even labels and packaging for the final product.

Reliability and expertise

We have invested heavily in training, software and equipment to improve our electronic kitting services. All material is picked and packed in our purpose-built fully functional ESD Protected Area (EPA) using state-of-the-art electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection.

The moment your BOM is uploaded into our system, it automatically logs the required data, such as Moisture Sensitivity Levels, of all appropriate components. All relevant storage and handling information is adhered to and replicated onto any repackaged parts. Our automated reeling machines have optical inspection, checking for component orientation, and our systems matrix checks for required component wastage.

Vanilla delivered a consolidated weekly shipment of individually packed, complete production kits. Everything from components, metalwork, printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies and packaging are delivered straight into our stores. We now have a direct line feed on low-value C-class items straight onto our production line. We have reduced our vendor base from over 30 vendors to just one. Each kit is hand-delivered, with reusable ESD packaging – reducing dust and static in our production area.

Our aftersales team will periodically check for material lifecycle, whilst providing any end-of-life (EOL) notifications as they become available. Our system can instantly report conflict minerals data and other important environmental data such as Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) or REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals).

Get in touch to discuss your electronic kitting needs

Contact one of our dedicated sales managers about your project or the challenges ahead. Email [email protected] or call +44 (0)1842 767947.