Prevent mistakes with better sorting
[With a title like this, I'm certain your hands tremble with scant contained excitement...]
I’m very taken with a knock down garden cart kit that Mr. Fashion-Incubator bought. As you know, DIY construction from store bought kits can be an exercise in futility if not frustration but this garden cart kit was designed to minimize confusion in one ingenious way; namely through hardware sorting and organization:
The hardware supplied with the kit was sorted according to each step in the instructions and laminated to a piece of cardboard (above). All the parts for step one in their own section, ditto for step two et cetera. This sure beats opening a plastic bag of parts, sorting them by size and function based on instructions that are poorly or incompletely illustrated and then wondering what you’re missing. Maybe other companies are also doing this but this is the first example of it I have seen. It’s a very simple idea that didn’t require a complex or expensive solution making it all the more remarkable.
This concept is used by lean manufacturers in other industries. Which brings me to the point: Do you have any ideas as to similar ways we could bundle garment components so as to reduce construction and or omission errors?