Officials at Harley-Davidson’s York, Penn. facility have combined two production lines into one in an effort to balance work flow, increase efficiency and reduce redundancies.
The change, formally made Sept. 7, connects two lines producing touring motorcycles. The motorcycles built on the two lines use more than 500 of the same parts. The lines, which previously operated in two independent circles, now are attached at one end in two places. It will take the same amount of time for a motorcycle to travel down the line, but the time at each stop will be cut in half to an estimated two minutes.
H-D plans to test the updated system for a few days. The goal is to create a continuous flow, said a spokesman.
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