Haldex reaches milestone at New Generation Friction Centers

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Haldex Commercial Vehicle Systems has announced the production of its two millionth brake shoe at a New Generation Friction Center. The Kansas City, Mo.-based company says it has updated four friction centers with the most progressive manufacturing process in the relining industry, which includes new equipment upgrades and a 30 point inspection procedure to ensure product quality.

Haldex says that over the past two years, it has invested more than $1 million to create its New Generation Friction Centers, which has led to many significant process and quality improvements. According to the company, several steps have been automated to yield higher quality and productivity:

  • A 100 percent increase in reline capacity;
  • Improved paint processing that ensures that each shoe is sealed with premium corrosion protection;
  • New hydraulic riveters and regular torque testing that eliminates the possibility of loose rivets; and
  • Automated processes and a lean production layout that decreases product transfer time and reduces work in process inventory, which ultimately lessens turnaround time and helps lower customer costs.
  • Haldex says this latest evolution of its friction program strengthens its standards, which also include exceptional customer service, accelerated order turnaround times and a nationwide network that encompasses a dedicated fleet for delivery and core pickup.