couldn’t justify many of these tech- nology improvements.” Kete added that specific off-highway axles incorporate “many of the same components which go on umpteen thousand on-highway trucks.” “This, to me,” he added, “is a scien- tific approach to proliferation, be- cause you preserve all the benefits of high-volume parts that are truly com- mon and you are able to come up with an extremely low overhead, low capi- tal means to proliferate on a piece- part basis from one manufacturing iteration to the next.” And ironically, it’s unlikely that much of it — the new axle fabrication process, the leveraging of component technologies from other ArvinMeritor operations, the many new axle designs that will be introduced over the coming months — would have come about had the company stayed in the off-highway axle business. “Even if you wanted to do some of these things, you’d have probably been pushing against the organiza- tion,” Schneider said. “It would have been a 20-year timeline between when you said, ‘This is how I think we should do it,’ and finally being able to execute it. “This also gave us the opportunity to start from scratch and come up with
some pretty nifty designs using all the new engineering tools, instead of doing the same things we were doing since
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