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Quality In The Making

Throughout each step of the brake rebuilding process, we maintain our emphasis on quality, evaluation, and constant improvement.  Producing only dependable, high-performance remanufactured brakes, BLS offers a cost-efficent alternative to brake replacement

BLS Remanufacturing Process 

Brake shoe cores are washed in a flow through washer that uses 200 degree water sprayed through 28 high pressure nozzles; all focused on different areas of the shoe to remove grease, dirt, and any other contaminants that may be on the shoe.


The old lining is removed from the brake shoe cores using B.M.S hydraulic de-liners. This process allows the rivets to be pushed directly down and out of the brake shoe, insuring the rivet holes maintain their factory shape and size.

Shot Blasting

The brake shoe cores are then shot blasted with 460 grade steel shot using a two cycle process.  The first cycle focuses on the top of the shoe, while the second focuses on the bottom, guaranteeing that any rust or scaling is removed from the shoe


The angles of each brake is measured with sophisticated equipment to ensure OEM accuracy.  We check the stretch of each brake shoe, the radius of the shoe table, the anchor pin hole, and the distance between the webbing.  If the shoe fails any of these tests, the shoe is scrapped.


The brakes are run on a conveyor through a 95 gallon dip tank and coated with a special corrosion-resistant paint.  They then run through a 180 degree drying room in order to dry the paint on the shoe.


New lining is riveted to the brake shoes using three B.M.S dual headed hydraulic riveting machines.  Rivets are examined daily for proper swell and roll and pressure--tested to ensure that OEM standards are met or exceeded.


Each shoe is carefully inspected by hand for any defects in workmanship.  The overall appearance of the shoe is checked and if any shoe does not meet BLS standards, the shoe is either repaired or scraped.

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