Case Studies

Bigger is Better

Problem:
Our client had built the first of their newest product, the world’s largest and most efficient gas
turbine engine, a 500,000lbs behemoth that cost $1 bn to develop. The company planned to test
the unit in controlled circumstances but they had a hurdle to cross – the unit was assembled in a
plant in France but the test facility was located in South Carolina, USA. It would need to be
shipped to the US, tested and data captured, and then re-packaged for shipment back to origin.

To add an extra level of complexity, certain components had been painted with heat-sensitive
paint to measure temperature at different points throughout the unit; in addition, this the giant
machine was fitted with 4,500 sensors that would need additional consideration during the
packaging process.

Solution:
Dockside was already the single-source supplier of packaging & preservation services for the
manufacturer’s US operations and as such was introduced in the planning phase so that our
expertise could be applied to ensure the successful preparation of the unit for re-export to
France.

The unit was successfully received and tested in the US, after which it was semi-disassembled for
shipment.

Dockside deployed crews working 12 hours a day 7 days a week to meet an aggressive shipping
schedule.

  • Full-time Project Management
  • Zoned/segregated crates
  • Mobile WMS allowed onsite labeling and inventory control of all parts:
  1. Parts “received” into jobsite packing area
  2. Individual parts scanned to a crate id for traceability
  3. Crates “shipped” out of jobsite packing area into client’s Shipping & Receiving Dept
  • 100% on-time shipping
  • 100% shipping accuracy
  • 100% inventory accuracy
  • Zero damage

Services Used:
• Local round trip drayage
• Unloading and inventory/storage of import cargo
• Loading to OTR trucks
• Delivery to destination

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[General Electric] has worked with Dockside on packaging optimization programs in other parts of the country. We are pleased to be able to expand our program with them...Their specialized packaging expertise and familliarity with our products helps to improve our competitiveness

Chris Horne, GE November 7, 2016