An OEM maker of cable reels approached Harbor Manufacturing with an opportunity to manufacture and assemble all of their large cable reels in North America. Armed with engineering, machining and fabrication capabilities, Harbor took on the project and evaluated the best manufacturing method for each component. The cable reel uses stampings, machined bar/flat stock, formed tubing and the motor (the only outside component purchase.
Harbor also built a small paint line to handle the specialized color needed to complete the cable reel. As part of the entire assembly, Harbor also built a very complex subassembly (slip rings) used to power the retraction of the wire. These reels are all built to order, packaged and shipped throughout North America.
Customer reduced vendor base from five to one, eliminating a non-core business and managing distribution and sales only.