heightened instability and fluctuating costs, but by no meanshas it been the only factor convincing companies to reshorein recent years. Anchor Harvey made certain that our messaging included the numerous other advantages to be gained byreshoring, including improved security, quality, and lead-times.
Offering assistance to other companies, we focused onboth the short- and long-term benefits of reshoring their operations. From one-on-one conversations with company leaders tocreating long-form content, such asa TCO whitepaper, we drew on ourunderstanding that companies havea multitude of reasons for reshoringbesides cost. The dual message ofAnchor Harvey’s ability to provideimmediate relief coupled with thecomprehensive range of long-termadvantages to be gained by reshoring, including improved security andsuperior component quality, provedto be an appealing and decisive factor for many companies.Advanced workflows — Unlikemost traditional forging manufacturers, Anchor Harvey was set upparticularly well to help businessesreshore their production thanks toour one-piece cellular workflow.Most forgers have operated with amass (or batch-and-queue) production system, which entails severalproduct components being processed at one stage before movingonto the next step as a group. Despitewidespread recognition that batch-and-queue production tends to driveup inventory, extend lead time, andincrease the floor space required forproduction, many forgers have beenslow to implement new processes — a fact that worked to AnchorHarvey’s advantage, as well as to thebenefit of our partners and customersduring the COVID-19 crisis.
The coronavirus pandemic hasput floor space at a premium, withnew health concerns, social distancing, and enhanced government safety measures having become the newnormal. These factors require morefloor space for production. In olderproduction systems with irregularworkflows, like batch-and-queueprocessing, providing a safe amountof spacing between employees requires excess travel between workstations, leading to longer lead timesand smaller output capacity.
Cellular manufacturing, the
process used at Anchor Harvey, is
distinct from the batch-and-queue
process in that it is both more efficient for production, but
also in its use of floor space. In cellular manufacturing, work
cells facilitate the production process as components move
smoothly, transitioning from workcell-to-workcell. The cel-
lular processes’ uninterrupted movement of parts from one
station to the next reduces the necessary floor space by nearly
50%. This allowed Anchor Harvey to implement effective
distancing between employees without suffering a loss in
Anchor Harvey’s one-piece cellular workflow, along withour regular investments in new equipment, technology, andmonitoring systems, mean that we can maintain a healthy andsafe shop floor and provide unmatched lead time, speed-to-market, and budget efficiencies, all of which are essential fac
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