tors for any company looking to reshore and only made moreso at the height of an ongoing pandemic. By incorporatingadvanced technologies and improved, modern workflows, Anchor Harvey’s systematized plant operation ensured we couldback up our messaging with our actions. As such, we have continued producing high-quality aluminum forged componentsfor essential American industries and extend aid to activelyreshoring companies.
Data and quality assurance — Highlighting our modern workflow and new technology, such as advanced monitorsystems that allow us to control every step of the operation andensure part consistency from 1 to over 1,000,000, Anchor Harvey has been able to contrast the high quality and precisionof our components against parts sourced overseas. Commonlyknown to operate with minimal or questionable quality-assur-ance practices, offshore manufacturers have developed a reputation for shipping products that commonly contain substantial inconsistencies, requiring reworks, reorders, or recalls anddriving up costs. The use of statistics, such as data showing thatoutsourced components have a fault rate that can be as much asseven times higher than their domestic equivalents, proved tobe compelling for many companies.
Anchor Harvey’s AS9100 and ISO 9001 certifications,among several others, also were used to highlight our commitment to product quality. A century of expertise, combinedwith a long list of accreditations, accolades, and the use of datahelped demonstrate the cost savings and superior componentsthat companies could achieve by reshoring with Anchor Harvey. Being able to provide assurances about lead-times andquality, particularly at the height of a worldwide health crisis, proved to be a remarkably effective means of convincingcompanies to bring the manufacturing operations back to theUnited States.
Results. Anchor Harvey has survived, of course, but itmanaged also to grow in the midst of a global pandemic byusing targeted communications centered around reshoring.Our success is rooted in our ability to remain proactive withoutresting on our accomplishments. By studying industry trends,integrating advanced technologies and modern workflows, andcommunicating with companies honestly and openly, AnchorHarvey seized an opportunity while so many businesses remain hamstrung by chaos and uncertainty.
Kerry Kubatzke is the lead sales manager got Anchor Harvey, analuminum forger, and has over 35 years of experience in engineering and precision forge manufacturing.
Predictive maintenance (PdM) is a proactive, da- ta-driven maintenance approach to monitoring real-time equipment operating conditions, to predict possible equipment failure and establishefficient maintenance schedules. It continues to gain popularity over traditional methods, such as six sigma and leanmanagement, as a tool for driving industrial efficiency.PdM systems are capable of reducing maintenance costsby 12%, improving equipment uptime by 9%, extendingequipment lifetime by over 20% and minimizing health,environmental and quality risks by 14%.
Here are some factors that plant managers and techni-
cians should keep in mind when switching to predictive
1. Infrastructure requirements. Predictive
maintenance relies on sensors to collect real-time data
from plant equipment. The sensors are capable of monitor-
ing and detecting the slightest changes in equipment op-
eration. Condition-based monitoring utilities collect data
like temperature, pressure, vibration, rotational speeds,
etc. Adjustments then can be made to prevent small errors
from expanding into major failures capable of crippling
Converting sensor data into alert signals and useful information requires robust infrastructure that incorporatessoftware and hardware platforms. These systems shouldbe able to track and analyze data in real-time, managingdata from the multitude of sensors.
Before switching to a PdM system, identify plant needs
and select appropriate sensors and system infrastructure
that will be able to collect, convert, and manage critical
6THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN SWITCHING TOPREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE
Implementation can be significantly reduced by performing prior, in-depthanalysis of plant requirements, proper financial and material planning, andsufficient training of maintenance teams.
The shift from reactive to predictive maintenance has beenhastened by Io T technology, Io T-enabled CMMS solutions,and a steady decrease in implementation costs. [PhawatTopaisan | Dreamstime]
Unlike most traditionalforging manufacturers,Anchor Harvey was setup particularly well tohelp businesses reshoretheir production thanksto its one-piece cellularworkflow.