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Funny this should come up.... my son and I have installed equipment in the 2 Akebono brake factories in KY. Lots of:
  • Machining (of the calipers and pistons) and die forming (backing plates and shoes)
  • Mixing and forming the braking materials (QC labs to closely monitor that)
  • Assembly (riveting and gluing and clean rooms for caliper assembly)
  • Baking (try working 30' overhead of a conveyor oven called the "Scorcher" at the roof line on a sunny 100F July day.... whoo-eee, that's HOT).
  • Forklifts and trains of carts moving parts and finished products all over, all day long, with a busy shipping and receiving operation 24/7.
They work hard to keep it clean but there is brake dust everywhere on the joists and overhead cabling. Pret-ty smelly.... Everyone gets uniforms to wear and wash pretty much everyday. Lots of line workers have dumpy cars and trucks to just drive to and from work; don't want to smell and dirty up the nice family car or pickup.

Interesting Japanese factory culture.. lots of teamwork emphasis and regular training and re-training. Many workers get rotated around to different lines. No hesitation to let everyone know how well each line is producing.
 

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Very nice additional info / story! We've used the Akebono pads on other cars we have here. Very nice pads :)
 
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