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Brake maker earns distinction

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC has been named to a group of suppliers that produce defects in fewer than 50 parts per million, Paccar announced. The Elyria, Ohio-based brake maker, which supplies air foundation brakes to Paccar, earned the distinction by lowering product defects to 41 parts per million at its wheel-end manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Ky.

“It is truly an honor to receive this recognition from Paccar,” said Tom Otter, vice president of original equipment 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.”

The Bendix Spicer plant in Bowling Green began production in late 2007, following the consolidation of existing Kentucky-based manufacturing sites from both Bendix and Dana. The facility has steadily lowered its defect rate to current levels, a company spokesman said.

Among new manufacturing technologies at Bowling Green is a computerized air disc brake line that monitors production. On the new line, parts with defects are detected and are either rebuilt or rejected, a company news release says. In addition, the company improved existing technologies, including equipping benches with tools that measure and record fastener torque on key components.

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