ArvinMeritor brakes for milestone

PLAINFIELD, Ind., — ArvinMeritor Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket business celebrated a key milestone recently with the remanufacture of its 10 millionth brake shoe and 50,000th axle differential carrier at its 275,000 sq. ft. facility in Plainfield, Ind.

The facility has remanufactured brake shoes since 2000 and differential carriers since 1999.

“We’ve worked hard to satisfy growing customer demand for our remanufactured shoes and differentials,” said Joe Mejaly, vice president and general manager of ArvinMeritor’s CVA. “Keeping our customers on the road generating revenue is where they belong and that’s always been our goal. Our mission is to offer a broader range of remanufactured components through our authorized sales outlets across North America.”

The company committed to a rigid remanufacturing process in the late ’80s, opting to adhere to remanufacture standards rather than rebuilt.

To better understand the milestone volumes, ten million brakes shoes are equivalent to approximately half-million tractor-trailer vehicles with approximately 20 shoes on each, the company says. Or, 10 million shoes would stretch (end- to- end) 2,400 miles from Indianapolis to Vancouver, B.C. In similar statistics, 50,000 differential carriers weigh about 9,100 tons, which is the same weight as a Ticonderoga class destroyer loaded with cargo, or about 21 fully-loaded 747-400’s.

Remanufactured brake shoe applications include over the road (line haul) tractors and trailers as well as vocational vehicles such as buses and refuse vehicles, and axle differential carriers can be found on a wide range of vehicles from over the road trucks to emergency vehicles.

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