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The Akebono Production System (APS), integrated into all of the company’s R&D technical centers and manufacturing facilities, is the cornerstone of our product development process, from concept to high-volume production. This ensures optimal product performance, whether it is a prototype made at one of our technical centers or an identical part made at a plant.
APS features proven quality control techniques to guarantee minimal process variation in all phases of production. Over the years, APS has been customized and refined for brake friction and component manufacturing.
Designed to eliminate “muda” or waste, APS techniques include Kaizen and Jishuken activities dedicated to continuous improvement, benchmarking and 100 percent in-line process checking of all manufacturing operations. More than 60 continuous improvement metrics are reported each month, alone. As a result, Akebono consistently achieves production control levels of nearly zero ppm. Best engaged early in a vehicle program, APS leverages our multiple product technologies, technical depth of resources, NVH expertise, manufacturing quality metrics and a customer-focused approach.