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HRSflow Completes Expansion, Optimizes Hot-Runner Assembly Process

The 3,000-square-meter expansion was designed according to lean manufacturing principles.

Clare Goldsberry

November 2, 2020

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HRSflow is completing the 3,000-square-meter expansion of its facility in San Polo di Piave, Italy. The expansion was designed according to lean manufacturing criteria to make the hot-runner assembly process more efficient. The goal is to guarantee an increase in the production capacity and more flexibility for clients in the European market.

In collaboration with Festo Consulting, HRSflow’s business team configured the expansion to accommodate the production layout and process to the new assembly line. A priority was to reduce, where possible, any bottlenecks that might cause delays.

According to HRSflow, being geographically close to its customers has always been a key factor. That is why it chose to invest in Europe to streamline logistics and reduce delivery times for systems and spare parts. This is made possible by the use of automation and an effective data exchange. Thanks to faster, optimized corporate flows, every request can be processed in an efficient manner to maximize performance and service levels.

“We started down the lean management path in 2017 with a significant increase in the quality and performance of key measurables — production expressed in man-hours has improved from 20% to 50%,” said Umberto Santin, HRSflow’s Chief Operating Officer. “The involvement of all the personnel proved to be a key factor in improving performance in a continuous and structured way. We are ready for the future.”

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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