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STEMCO LP

South

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 expanding its
Rome, Ga., brake facility.
"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
drum machining and eliminated steps in the process, producing annual savings that superseded the target goal.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. To ensure parts were picked properly,
the team focused on error-proofing. 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.
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