Essay on Albatross Anchor
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The bell anchor is used primarily by fresh water marine craft. They are manufactured primarily through a foundry process in which ore is transformed into a liquid state and poured into molds for production.
The snag hook anchor is used primarily for small to medium sized saltwater marine craft. The snag hook anchor is fabricated through the bending and welding of iron rods and flat iron into a hook design so that bedrock and seaweed can be snagged to hold the marine craft at anchor.
Each anchor is produced in multiple sizes to accommodate the type of craft requiring the anchor.
Each anchor type requires its own unique equipment and manufacturing process. Both manufacturing areas share the same shipping and receiving area, the warehouse area and administration. The manufacturing area of the plant has had to change to accommodate the manufacture of the two separate types of anchors. As each anchor requires its own manufacturing challenges the manufacturing line must be completely changed over each time the anchor type is changed. The time to switch over from one manufacturing process/operation to the other manufacturing process/operation is 36 hours.
The plant space is at a premium and warehousing space for raw materials and finished product is limited and located at the far south end of the building.
Plant antiquation and safety issues