October 10, 2012
Bendix has begun serial production of remanufactured brake shoes at its new Bendix Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center in Huntington, Ind.The move to insource remanufactured brake shoe operations is part of the company's previously announced launch of its centralized remanufacturing business unit. The unit maintains advanced remanufacturing centers in both Huntington and Acuna, Mexico. The new Bendix Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center combines the company's experience in remanufacturing - more than 35 years in remanufacturing compressors, air dryers, valves, and more - with Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake's experience in wheel-end solutions and brake shoe manufacturing. Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC is a joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products LLC.The OE engineering team at Bendix understands the importance of maintaining the proper shoe geometry throughout the product's entire life cycle. To accomplish this, the company coins 100% of its Bendix brake shoes using dies that exactly reproduce the geometry of the original shoe design.The adhesion on the salt spray-tested coating for Bendix shoes virtually eliminates rust jacking, and the coating used in Bendix Reman Brake Shoes will go even further to stop corrosion.Bendix reman shoes are assembled with a precision riveting machine to ensure correct lining attachment for maximum lining service. Bendix rivets in excess of 2.5 million shoes annually, while adhering to OE specifications and parameters for rivet retention testing.The company's remanufactured brake shoes are the product of reline operations that adhere to the rigorous, continuous improvement Six Sigma-based quality standards required by Bendix on OE products.