Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC has been named to Paccar’s elite group of suppliers that meet the OEM’s demanding quality expectation of 50 PPM. BSFB earned the distinction by lowering the PPM, or product defects expressed in parts per million, to 41 at its wheel-end manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Ky., where the company’s lineup of air foundation brakes products are produced.
“It is truly an honor to receive this recognition from Paccar, a highly valued customer of Bendix,” says Tom Otter, vice president of OE sales for Bendix. “Our account teams closely partner with our manufacturing sites, challenging them to meet our exacting customer standards for excellence. In every aspect, the team at Bowling Green continues to rise to the task to find truly innovative ways to meet those challenges.”
In meeting the PPM standard, BSFB creates a successful product more than 99.995 percent of the time – in other words, for every million parts it produces, fewer than 50 contain defects that reach the customer – all while managing the flow of more than 10,000 active part numbers for this product set.
The Paccar 50 PPM recognition is the first for Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake or Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, which operates BSFB in a joint venture with Dana Commercial Vehicle Products. Suppliers must have one year of product history with Paccar before they can be nominated for the 50 PPM quality certification, a distinction maintained on a rolling six-month performance basis.