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PACCAR Ste-Thérèse Receives Manufacturing Leadership Award For Axle Trim Efficiency Improvement Project

The PACCAR Ste-Thérèse plant received a prestigious 2020 Manufacturing Leadership Award in recognition of its engineering and production technology advancements. The award was presented by the Manufacturing Leadership Council of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

PACCAR Ste-Thérèse

PACCAR Ste-Thérèse was honored for its PACCAR Axle Trim Efficiency Improvement Project to convey the front and rear axles throughout the trim process. The project utilized automated guided vehicle (AGV) technology to replace an assembly line that was composed of a slat conveyor and multiple roller conveyors with a circular manufacturing line composed of AGVs.

This improvement generated a significant space that can now be used for other operations, as well as improvements in capacity, efficiency, safety and flexibility. This project has also provided enhanced ergonomics, reduced downtime and optimized the flow of operations.

The system is designed to accommodate a broad variety of station content based on specific chassis information, and is easily adaptable to different customer requirements.

“The employees at the PACCAR Ste-Thérèse plant are dedicated to building the industry’s highest quality medium duty trucks. The plant implements initiatives driven through innovation to achieve continuous improvement and enhanced quality for fleets and truck operators who purchase Kenworth and Peterbilt medium duty vehicles,” said Chakib Toubal-Seghir, PACCAR Ste-Thérèse plant manager.

PACCAR Ste-Thérèse has earned the prestigious International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001:2004 certification for effective environmental management systems established to help build trucks in an environmentally sustainable manner, IS0 9000 quality assurance certification, and OHSAS 18001 health and safety certification.