Materiel: Packaging and Labeling

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 or Manufacturer's Part Number.

Selection of a Method

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:

  • Packages, which are to be hand handled, are subject to rougher handling than those handled mechanically.
  • Package size, strength and type shall be selected to provide protection and to fit the mode of transportation, applicable carrier regulations and distance of transit.

Bell expects that Suppliers inform themselves of all relevant considerations and determine packaging accordingly.

Bell 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.

Hand Handled Packages

To permit efficient handling and ergonomically safe containers, the following conditions will apply:

  • These packages shall not exceed 40 lbs. / 18.14 kg gross weight and should be shaped so that one person can handle them easily.
  • The recommended main pallet footprints are Euro size (80cm x 120cm) or four-way pallet size (44" x 44") footprints for Bell Helicopter.
  • All shall be modular to these three footprints and shall not have overhang. Use unique pallets only when product characteristics dictate. Furthermore, plant specific, material storage systems may dictate the use of one particular footprint.

Internal Expendable / Returnable Dunnage

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.

Packaging Closure

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.

Returnable Containers

This method of packaging is intended for multiple shipments. The containers are to be controlled and returned to the supplier for reuse.

Supplier Responsibilities

Suppliers, who ship to Bell 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.

Returnable Container Maintenance

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.

Packaging and Environment / Materiel Recycling

In keeping with its commitment to protect the environment, Bell 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:

  • avoidance
  • reduction
  • re-use
  • recycling
  • disposal of packaging materiel