Federal-Mogul Corporation is investing $US9 million to increase production capacity and speed at its automotive brake pad manufacturing facility in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Four new automated production lines equipped with pressing and grinding equipment will be fully operational by the end of June, increasing daily brake pad production by more than 40%. The new equipment is expected to reduce production time from raw material to packaged product by almost 95%.

Federal-Mogul's global manufacturing process team for brake friction materials benchmarked the most effective production processes and determined that short-cycle press cure unit moulding machines are the most effective way to produce disc brake pads.

Reducing the pressing time for disc pads lowers cost and produces higher-quality results. The new equipment allows each part to receive individual temperature and pressure control during the pad pressing process, where in the past, one temperature reached across multiple batched parts.

Temperature and pressure control improves density control of each pad individually, allowing for a more consistent end product. The new automated equipment will make the process completely hands off, from mix to box.

Federal-Mogul's Orangeburg facility manufactures disc brake pads for original equipment passenger car and light truck applications.  The facility was established in 1996, and currently employs approximately 200 people. The Orangeburg plant has added 40,000 square feet in the past five years.