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to further mentor colleagues; assisting them when needed. Celebrating successes is a key part of these walks. Colleagues use their skills to maintain a high level of success
and recognition is important for continued growth.
The benefits of EMLS include waste identification and
reduction along with process improvements, which typically all lead to financial benefits. Each facility uses these
techniques to achieve annual cost reduction targets. All
STEMCO facilities have colleague-based "Core Teams" -
groups of two or more colleagues coming together to solve
issues. One team in the Berea, Ky., facility evaluated brake
drum machining and eliminated steps in the process, producing annual savings that superseded the target goal.
STEMCO makes heavy use of kaizen events as a way
to drive process improvements. Kaizen events use
cross-functional teams that focus on quality, manufacturing cell design, error proofing and many other areas.
A recent event from the Longview, Texas, facility focused on quality improvements. To ensure that parts were
picked properly the team focused on error-proofing the

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process. The team changes the layout of the parts area
from a traditional "supermarket" to a highly efficient point
of use of design. This allowed the team to implement their
error-proof system which reads the bill of material and
light indicators are illuminated at the proper bin location.
This coupled with a scale which can compare the weight of
the picked parts to the standard weight in the system gives
the team confidence that parts are picked correctly.
Kaizen events happen daily throughout STEMCO with
positive improvements realized in every area of the business. In addition, all areas of the business utilize Kaizen
events for rapid improvements including finance, engineering, customer service, sales and supply chain.
"As STEMCO and its product offerings grow, we continue to maintain focus on what we can do to increase
fleet safety, lead the commercial transportation industry
in technology, promote communication and increase efficiency in our capital investments," Anderson says.
One such investment was made in the Longview, Texas,
facility using autonomation - a combination of robotics
technology and colleagues within a wheel seal assembly
cell. The project began in an effort to update equipment
and capacity. The team transformed this initiative into
an opportunity to vastly improve the capacity, capability,
efficiency and quality of the process through the deployment of advanced technology and robotics automation.
STEMCO continues to evaluate and invest in businesses throughout North America and abroad. A significant
investment is now being made to expand and develop
new ways to machine brake drums in the Chattanooga,
Tenn., facility. In addition, STEMCO is creating the first
new U.S.-based friction factory in the last 25 years by expanding the Rome, Ga., brake facility. This investment
creates a real-time monitoring system for improved quality and supplier feedback. A heavy investment was also
made in the newly constructed Suzhou, China, facility,
where additional equipment was purchased.
In keeping with the dual bottom line, through training
and team building, colleagues have been able to achieve
breakthroughs in safety performance, EMLS achievement, project excellence and innovation. Many STEMCO facilities have received President's Awards recognizing achievements in these important areas.
"It's an exciting time in the history of STEMCO,"
states Anderson. "The strategic moves we have made,
along with investments in our employees, facilities and
business philosophies, have set STEMCO up for many
positive opportunities in the years to come." mt
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