When you’re looking for weight reductions, it is the little things that matter, too.
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies says its new air-cushioned Levitex engine seal virtually eliminates friction between the crankshaft and crankcase, thus enhancing performance and reducing heat energy losses.
By using a laser to cut and weld steel strip rather than stamping and forming the material, Freudenberg is no longer producing tons of engineered scrap in a component-making operation.
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Plymouth, Mich.-based supplier Freudenberg-NOK has created a four-member Office of the Chief Executive to replace the jobs of president and CEO.
Freudenberg-NOK has been awarded a U.S. patent for its new polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) sealing system that is designed to better handle the requirements of direct-injection gasoline and diesel engines.
In order to retain fluids in a number of rotating-shaft applications—at the front and rear of crankshafts, on camshafts, wheel bearings, pinions, transmission output and input shafts, etc.—radial shaft seals are routinely applied.
Freudenberg-NOK, one of the largest suppliers of seals for rotating shafts, says it has developed a new design that reduces rotating friction by as much as 75%. If incorporated on all the seals on a typical OEM powertrain including the engine, transmission, axle and bearing the new design could improve fuel efficiency by about 2%, according to the supplier.
Although lauded for its lean best practices, Freudenberg-NOK's president and CEO believes that they have to help make their suppliers—and even customers—better if all are to prosper. And he also operates knowing that what may be good today is likely to be insufficient tomorrow, so while continuous improvement is key, innovation is crucial.
As the automotive industry continues to cope with over- capacity and the constant down-ward pressure on pricing, maintaining profitability has been an increasingly difficult task.
When I think of millionaires, I tend to think of people whose behavior and lifestyle are more analogous to, say, that of Donald Trump than normal folks. As the old F. Scott Fitzgerald line has it, “The rich are different.” And not just because they have more money.
We ask some of the people who are actually involved in producing products what they would like technology vendors to provide. Some of their answers are surprising. All of their answers ought to be addressed by some enterprising organizations.
“I’ve come to realize that the responsibility to create new knowledge is actually the responsibility of all the people in all parts of a business.”
Yes, here is still another piece in what seems to be an endless praise of an automotive supplier that is genuinely serious about being lean in all ways. Hey, we can't help it if this is an exemplary outfit...
Of all of the practitioners of lean that we’ve ever encountered, Plymouth, Michigan-based Freudenberg-NOK continues to be an exemplar of what can be done through dedication to doing things in a better way. Here are some of the new things we’ve learned about this muda-eliminating firm . . .
Although there are countless books and even more consultants out there with their own spin on what "Lean" means, SAE International, working with some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry, have developed a standard that provides not only a definition of lean, but tools that can help companies profitably transform their operations for competitve advantage—or survival.
Cellular manufacturing just isn't for the companies that have low-volume production. That's not just theory. It is being proven out in two supplier plants in Indiana each and every day. Here's a look at what they are doing.
Although the kaizen events that are on-going at the plants of Freudenberg-NOK—a few days and nights of concentrated process improvements—might lead many people at OEM and supplier companies to look on with surprise at how quickly changes are made and benefits are realized with these quick projects, what happened at its plant in Bristol, New Hampshire, during a three-month period would give pause to even savvy lean thinkers.