HRSflow Constructs New European Production Site
Designed according to lean manufacturing criteria, the new site will guarantee an increase in production capacity and gain more flexibility for HRSflow clients in the European market.
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It was reported on October 29 that the construction of the new HRSflow (Byron Center, Michigan) European site is now drawing to an end, reaching an area of approximately 3,000 square meters, a significant expansion for the San Polo headquarters (Italy).
Entirely designed according to lean manufacturing criteria, the new workspace is a project resulting from HRSflow’s reappraisal of its high runners’ assembly process, which was performed by consulting firm Festo Consulting and focused on the whole production process and division layout. Redesigned, the new working environment has been organized down to the smallest detail, to reduce where possible the slowdown of the production flow (delays, transfers, organizational issues) both for people and for goods. The goal with the project, says the company, is to guarantee an increase in production capacity and gain more flexibility for HRSflow clients in the European market.
According to HRSflow, being geographically close to its customers has always been a key factor, hence the choice to invest in Europe to reduce the logistic chain and delivery time for systems and spare parts. With the help of its high automation level and an effective data exchange, the company says every request can be processed in a fast and effective way to maximize performance and service levels.
The new production site has been designed according to the concept of a sustainable environment. For example, the energy panels used for the roof compensate the needs of the entire production line.
"We have started the lean management path in 2017 with a significant increase in the quality and performance key measurables, while the productivity expressed in man-hours has improved from 20% to 50% according to the different areas,” says HRSflow Chief Operating Officer Umberto Santin. “The involvement of all the personnel proved to be a key factor in improving performance and the workplace in a continuous and structured way. A warm thank you to our whole team, to their efforts and work; we are ready for the new future challenges.”
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