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the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: In a 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number, which digit identifies model year? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: In which Italian city would you find the Fiat headquarters? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Turin Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

JASPER Updates Transmission Hydraulic Clutch Testing

JASPER’s Quality Engineers have updated the company’s transmission hydraulic clutch testing process. Hydraulic clutch testing is a method of simulating the operation of a transmission clutch. The process identifies defective clutches not typically identified by dynamometer testing. "This is not a new technology at JASPER," says David Kassebaum, JASPER Transmission Quality Engineer. "But it has been improved through the use of computerized data acquisition." Hydraulic clutch testing the transmission, prior to final assembly, will check for cracked drums or pistons, imperfections in the fluid channels, and defective or damaged seals. The test is performed using a transmission-specific plate designed to direct oil to each of the individual clutches in the transmission. A normal transmission dynamometer does not test the individual clutches. It only tests the gear ratio, which only shows that the clutch has applied. During the dynamometer run, the transmission pump sends significant amounts of oil to the clutch, which typically makes it difficult to identify leaks, or imperfections, in the clutch. Hydraulically testing the clutches individually is used to reduce, and prevent, complaints of harsh or soft shifts and other driveability complaints caused by ineffective clutches. "Until recently, the process of hydraulic clutch testing was done with analog gauges, and the clutch pressure measurements were not recorded or stored," says Kassebaum. "With hardware and software developed by JASPER, our method of testing has been greatly improved." During JASPER’s remanufacturing process, each transmission is given an identification number. As the transmission is assembled, the identification number is typed into the hydraulic clutch test software, allowing the software to pull the correct test for the transmission. As the builder is prompted through the test, the software records the pressure measurements using two pressure transducers. The software compares the measurements to the specifications within the test and determines whether the clutch passed or failed. "If the transmission fails the test, the unit is repaired and the test is repeated to ensure proper clutch operation," says Kassebaum. "The software will not allow the unit to be dynamometer tested until the unit passes the hydraulic clutch test. Once the transmission has passed this test, its measurements are saved in JASPER’s computer database." By utilizing this software, JASPER Quality Engineers are able to drive improvements in the remanufacturing process by analyzing this data to determine the perfect method to improve the assembly of transmission clutches.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: In which Italian city would you find the Fiat headquarters? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which Japanese automaker developed SKYACTIV technology? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Mazda Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Sarah M.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which Japanese automaker developed SKYACTIV technology? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which German automaker uses the slogan "Das Auto"? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Volkswagen Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: James D.

Brad Keselowski Clinches the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series may have come to a close, but the celebrations continue for Penske Racing and Champion Driver Brad Keselowski. The driver of the #2 car needed to finish 16th or better after Kyle Busch received the bonus point for leading the most laps in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Keselowski did just that by passing Tony Stewart for that much-needed position. Then, to be sure there would be no doubt when the checkered flag flew, Keselowski passed Mark Martin for 15th. This is the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship for both Keselowski and Penske Racing.
This is also a milestone for Jasper Engines and Transmissions and its Racing Drive Line Division as it celebrates the first championship for its products. Keselowski was running a JASPER Differential when he secured the title Sunday, as he had for the 2012 season. JASPER Race Products celebrated 14 pole positions and 16 wins this season. Clint Bowyer, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, finished second in Chase points, while Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex, Jr. finished sixth and eleventh respectively.

JASPER Says “Thank You” to Our Veteran Associates

A special Veterans Day lunch was recently held for Associates at each of JASPER’s remanufacturing facilities (Jasper, Crawford, Willow Springs) who served in branches of the United States Military.

Veterans Day traces its roots back to 1938, when Congress declared November 11th of each year a legal holiday, known as "Armistice Day." This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and in the early 1950’s American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans’ service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans". Congress approved this change and on June 1st, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor all American veterans, wherever, and whenever, they had served.

JASPER says "Thank You" to the men and women who served in the Armed Forces of our great country.

Military Veterans from the Jasper (top) and Crawford (middle) facilities received their special lunch November 9th. Veterans at the Willow Springs (below) facility were treated to lunch November 8th.

 

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which German automaker uses the slogan "Das Auto"? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which division of General Motors offered the WS6 Performance Package? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Pontiac Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: William F.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which division of General Motors offered the WS6 Performance Package? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Chevrolet introduced the LUV pickup truck in the early 1970s. What does the acronym LUV stand for? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Light Utility Vehicle Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

Branch Profile: Milwaukee

The Milwaukee branch opened its doors in June of 1974. In those 38 years, the branch has seen many changes as the company continues to grow and new product lines are introduced. Currently, the Milwaukee branch serves most of the state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In 2007, JASPER's St. Paul Branch was added as a satellite branch to Milwaukee's responsibilities. Additionally, with the recent acquisition of Canam Marketing, JIS sales rep Scott LaTour now considers the Milwaukee branch his home base. Our Milwaukee team is well equipped and prepared to meet the challenges and celebrate the successes that lie ahead.

JASPER Hot Air Balloon Team

  The JASPER Hot Air Balloon is made by Lindstrand Balloons USA. It is a sixty-nine thousand cubic foot envelope. That means approximately sixty-nine thousand basketballs could fit inside the balloon. The balloon burns propane for fuel, and expels about 15 million BTU's when burning. Hot air balloons are at the mercy of the winds, so it is only flown when the surface winds are ten miles an hour or less. The balloon is flown the first two hours after sunrise and the last two hours before sunset to avoid thermal heating during the midday hours. Like other Jasper Performance Products, the JASPER Balloon competes at races designed to test the balloon and pilot skills. We compete at both the local and national levels. The pilot, Warren D. Smith is a commercially rated pilot with ratings in fixed wing and seaplane aircraft as well as lighter than air. Warren won Rookie of the Year honors at the 2004 United States Hot Air Balloon National Championships sanctioned by The Balloon Federation Of America.