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Kansei engineering toolkit for the packaging industry

Cathy Barnes (Affective Engineering Research Group, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK)
Tom Childs (Affective Engineering Research Group, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK)
Brian Henson (Affective Engineering Research Group, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK)
Stephen Lillford (Affective Engineering Research Group, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK)

The TQM Journal

ISSN: 1754-2731

Article publication date: 13 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe the Kansei engineering toolkit that has been developed to provide a set of tools and techniques to support better packaging design.

Design/methodology/approach

The toolkit has its foundations in Kansei engineering but the work has extended the scope and increased reliability of results by: including structured linkages to designers; replacing “highest level Kansei” from Kansei type 1 with brand values; introducing a more structured process for the elicitation of type 2 selection of pack physical properties; reducing the complexity of the semantic differential survey used to elicit consumer perceptions; and structuring a process for selection of the Kansei words.

Findings

The work has shown that the proposed toolkit is able to support the design of packaging by illustrating the process with industrial case studies.

Research limitations/implications

Kansei engineering and the techniques presented in this toolkit are inevitably simplifications of the real situation, since many more variables affect the consumers purchase decision than is tested in this process. There is still a need to test the insights gained by the toolkit into a wider investigation.

Practical implications

This paper offers the packaging industry a robust and repeatable method to develop better packaging.

Originality/value

The paper presents an overall description of the Kansei engineering toolkit for packaging design and is a structured process that provides quantitative results for the relationship between branding, consumer perception and design variables.

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Citation

Barnes, C., Childs, T., Henson, B. and Lillford, S. (2008), "Kansei engineering toolkit for the packaging industry", The TQM Journal, Vol. 20 No. 4, pp. 372-388. https://doi.org/10.1108/17542730810881357

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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