ORLANDO, Fla., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Harbour Results, Inc., (HRI) a leading business and operational consultant firm for the manufacturing industry, announced Clinton Aluminum as a PRO-level partner of its newest product offering, Harbour IQ™.
Harbour IQ is the global source for performance benchmarking, trends, and financial and operational data for the tool and die industry. Partners and participants have access to relevant data and information that can be aggregated and queried into custom reports as well as manufacturing trend reports, white papers and various other technical reports. Harbour IQ unlocks the key to never-before-seen data and information critical to manufacturers in developing a successful long-term business strategy while managing the day-to-day business.
A leading distributor of aluminum plate products, Clinton Aluminum is among the first companies to sponsor Harbour IQ and will add valuable content to the online system. As part of its PRO-level partnership, Clinton Aluminum will provide industry-related white papers and technology insights that will be available to Harbour IQ participants.
"We are excited to be a part of Harbour IQ," said Ted McQuade, president and CEO of Clinton Aluminum. "In addition to providing the right alloys for our customers, as their partner we strive to add value and strengthen the entire manufacturing value chain. This tool will help the industry make smart business decisions through real-time data and information."
As technology and the industry evolve, aluminum molds are playing a bigger role in manufacturing. There are a number of benefits, including cost, process and production improvements, which make aluminum the better choice for many injection mold applications for production parts. Although a majority of molds continue to be built with steel, aluminum can reduce cycle time in the press by up to 50 percent, reducing part cost. It also can be rough-machined eight to 10 times faster than steel, thereby improving the capacity problem in the mold-making industry that has been highlighted by HRI since October 2013.
"Clinton Aluminum has been a long-time partner with HRI in our effort to drive improvement in the tool and die industry, and we welcome them to Harbour IQ," said Laurie Harbour, president and CEO, HRI. "Aluminum is a major technology shift for many companies and it will play a role in the evolution of the tool business. The information Clinton Aluminum adds to Harbour IQ will be beneficial to the industry."
According to Harbour, "we have been sharing impactful data and insights to the industry since 2009. Harbour IQ allows us to further expand our scope and depth of information we can provide and, ultimately, have a bigger impact."
For more information on Harbour IQ or to become a sponsor or subscriber contact Harbour Results, Inc. at 248-629-9331.
About Clinton Aluminum:
Clinton Aluminum is the largest distributor of aluminum mold plate in North America. With headquarters in northeast Ohio and additional facilities in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, the company is committed to the right alloys for their customers' applications. For more information about the company visit www.clintonaluminum.com.
About Harbour Results, Inc.:
Harbour Results, Inc. a leading business and operational consultant firm for the manufacturing industry offers operational and strategic advisory expertise, and proprietary assessment programs to help optimize a businesses performance. Focused on small- to medium-sized manufacturers, many of which are family owned or privately held, HRI utilizes its knowledge, experience and relationships to build upon the established foundation with sound strategies and operational improvement. Headquartered in downtown Royal Oak, Michigan, Harbour Results was founded in 2005 by industry analyst Laurie Harbour. Today, the Harbour Results team is comprised of manufacturing experts, and clients also have exclusive access to Harbour Results' network of partner companies and worldwide resources.
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