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STEMCO Expands Facility for Manufacturing Brake Products

| June 14, 2017

STEMCO Expands Facility for Manufacturing Brake Products

STEMCO, an EnPro Industries company (NYSE: NPO) and leading manufacturer of heavy-duty components for commercial vehicles, has announced its first friction production plant will open in July of this year. There it will manufacture brake shoes and friction components for medium and heavy duty truck and bus applications.

The 43,000-square-foot facility was built in response to STEMCO’s ongoing growth and employs 53 workers. At the heart of the new facility is a programmable logic controller (PLC) that controls all mixers, presses, ovens and machining equipment with real-time monitoring and recording of all operating parameters.

The company notes that the “PLC dosing and mixing system eliminates potential errors and provides better production control.” Pressing is then carried out in single block tooling, which ensures optimum material distribution, consistency of dimension and material density.

This eliminates the deficiencies of a multi block slab process. Blocks are then cured in a continuous oven, which delivers consistent heat input and a consistent cure of each block. All dimensions are then measured using lasers for maximum accuracy and strict control of rivet hole positioning while maintaining depth.

Category: Breaks, Suspensions & Chassis, General Update

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