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Removing Obstacles and Reducing Risk

“The One-Stop Shop”

HARBEC has evolved to be a one-stop manufacturing solutions provider. We’ve done this to remove obstacles and reduce unnecessary risk for our customers.

The best way to control the quality, performance, price, and longevity of precision parts and components is to integrate all capabilities for part manufacturing under one roof. This model pushes risk to the manufacturer, which is mitigated by providing customers with differentiated values such as:


  1. Personal and facilitated process: Save time and cost by having the manufacturer proactively manage the full  process. This results in time savings, precise schedules, shorter lead-times, and faster cycle times.
  1. Manufacturing cost savings: by managing the full manufacturing queue; Take out unnecessary administrative costs and reduce the risk of cost overruns associated with multiple suppliers.
  1. Range of manufacturing options: Finding experts in both prototyping and production will provide  the best solutions to meet tolerance and quality goals for the full project.
  1. Integrated services and solutions: Incorporating “ad-ins” such as “moldflow analysis” on all production tool purchases, is a benefit. Many molders price such services out separately. Incorporation of software tools like SolidWorks Plastics enables the “one-stop shop” to reduce tool prices because toolmakers can more accurately predict tool performance. These solutions also provide a reduction of waste, time, and materials – resulting in higher performing and more sustainable manufacturing processes.
  1. No surprises and guaranteed value: Consistency through one quote, one price, and  guaranteed tool, part quality and performance is found under one roof. At HARBEC there are no surprises along the way. HARBEC guarantees our tool performance and part quality which also translates into guarantees on price and delivery.


To achieve lower risk for its customer HARBEC provides a range of options and simple solutions spanning the quoting process, part/product design, manufacturing, and value-added solutions.


Reducing manufacturing risks are essential to achieving business growth and success. Although having a large number of suppliers is a way to diversify and mitigate risk, it is not necessarily the best solution for every product. The reliance and management of multiple suppliers can actually add cost and create unpredictable outcomes and unnecessary risks. Every manufacturing requirement and situation is different, and HARBEC has evolved to “right size” the solution(s) to your need(s).

The Vital Role of American Manufacturing

For the first time in years, there seems to be a lot of attention on American manufacturing—its comeback, its importance, and its value. Reshoring is bringing business and jobs back to America, and U.S. consumers are making the conscious choice to buy American. With the upcoming American Made Matters Day® on November 19, we can all do our part to further the cause and support the industry and our economy.DSC_0107-1

The idea of having a homegrown economy that can support the goods that exist here is an important part of our country’s past, present, and future success—it’s a sustainable endeavor.  Our economy grew out of an era of industrialization, bringing us a great deal of new innovation and technology that helped spearhead the manufacturing sector in the U.S., and also afforded us the opportunity to invest in the sciences and technology. As a result, new skills and capabilities were created in the workforce, which in turn reinforces domestic employment and entrepreneurship.  Vibrant economies have to be built upon a balance of goods and services. For the U.S. economy to continue regaining ground and once again  thrive, manufacturing needs to be a substantial piece of America’s financial pie.

For a variety of reasons there now seems to be a growing disconnect between those who have been in the manufacturing industry for their careers and those who are dismissing it as a career or just breaking into it. As a national priority, we need to find a way to make manufacturing more appealing to the younger generations; we need to reinforce training the next generation and getting them excited about producing high quality, regionally produced, and sustainable goods and services; simply put, we need to  take charge of reinventing manufacturing with the goal of bringing it back to America as a driving force to revitalize and reshape our economy and our future.

While outsourcing isn’t happening at the pace or persistence as it once was, it’s still occurring. Part of rebalancing the economy and adding value in new jobs is looking at the outsourcing equation and questioning how efficient that is. , With a population of 7billion and climbing our earth has limited resources and the cost and supply pressures are being felt in a global economy. While outsourcing may have made economic sense at one time, today we are realizing there are a great deal of inefficiencies, waste, and financial loss. As a result many businesses are focusing their efforts on creating a more sustainable economy. Having American made products is an economic motivator that helps support the economic security of the future and helps empower our youth into high impact and high value careers. From a personal point of view,  we at Harbec do business globally and domestically, but we are very interested in U.S. based manufacturing—developing new technology to become more efficient while having a regional aspect to our work, and helping America to reinvent the notion of manufacturing as a key aspect of its economy.

Want to know more about how Harbec and others are working toward reinventing America’s industrial future through sustainable manufacturing? Check out the exclusive three-part Manufacturing Sustainability series on ThomasNet. The series focuses on the market drivers shaping the future of manufacturing, how small manufacturers like us have created lasting value from investment in sustainability, and how organizations can maximize their impact and return-on-sustainability by investing in, and integrating, people and innovation.