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Weinzapfel Ends Term as PERA President

Matt Weinzapfel, JASPER Vice President of Engine Manufacturing, recently completed a two-year term as President of the Production Engine Remanufacturers Association (PERA). Matt began his term in 2010 and felt his greatest accomplishment as PERA president was for his board to provide direction in an organization that dealt with change from the economic difficulties of 2008-09. “During that time, our industry dealt with massive consolidation and fallout of competitors within the engine remanufacturing business,” says Weinzapfel. “We were left with just a handful of players in the industry and, therefore, our industry association shrunk as well.” Weinzapfel said decisions were made on how PERA could remain viable. This included a reduction in the number of meetings PERA holds each year, but Matt added the Association’s mission remains two-fold. “First, PERA needs to be a technical resource for our remanufacturing membership, which includes how to improve the processes to build a better engine,” he said. “Second, PERA must be a forum within the industry for people to share information and provide information for our supplier base to offer the quality products remanufacturers demand.” Weinzapfel was the fourth JASPER Associate to serve as PERA president, joining Doug Bawel, Brad Bawel and Mike Schwenk. “I think it speaks highly of JASPER to have had a high level of involvement within the industry,” says Weinzapfel. “We view that as important, not only for our company, but to support remanufacturing as an industry. It’s all about making a remanufactured product a viable alternative for the end-user, and we’re trying to do that.” As JASPER’s Vice President of Engine Manufacturing, Matt oversees the remanufacturing processes of the Gas Engine and Diesel Engine Divisions, as well as the Jasper Authentic Custom Drivetrains Division.

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Branch Profile: Birmingham

                        The Birmingham Branch of Jasper Engines and Transmissions opened in Shelby County, Alabama, on October 1, 2007. Nestled at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, as the fastest growing county in Alabama, Shelby County offers diverse amenities with dramatic landscapes - from the city, and county parks, to the 10,000 acre Oak Mountain State Park. Our branch is situated within the 390 acre Shelby West Corporate Park, a sample of the industrial developments that provide an increased economic benefit to the area.

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Linda Carver Named Master Truck Driver

                        JASPER congratulates Linda Carver of JET Transit for earning the Indiana Motor Truck Association's Master Truck Driver Award. Linda was presented this award for her achievement of 1,000,000 Accident-Free miles. That's equivalent to driving around the world 126 times! Barry Miller, IMTA Director of Safety, presented the certificate. Linda joins the ranks of eleven other JET Transit drivers who have earned this certification.

Compression Testing Available for JASPER Diesel Complete Engines

Jasper Engines & Transmissions has begun the process of compression testing the Complete diesel engine. This process was developed to improve the quality of our product and is a test currently performed on our Running Complete engine formats. Depending on the application, a JASPER Complete diesel engine primarily includes the block, head, crank, cam, rods, valve train, oil pump, oil pan & pickup tube, oil filter, oil cooler, inner & outer gear covers and finishing gaskets. As the Complete engine is spin tested, a compression gauge is inserted through the glow plug hole of an individual cylinder. Compression data of that cylinder is recorded. The Associate repeats the process with each of the engine's remaining cylinders. "On a diesel engine, one of the biggest issues is immediate start-up failure within the first 90 days, such as an oil leak, a misfire or a rough-running application," says Ryan Dooley, JASPER Diesel Division Manager. "By performing the compression test, JASPER can pinpoint if the engine has a weak cylinder, requires a rocker adjustment or has a valve seating issue. "It's increased the overall time it takes to remanufacture that engine, but when it's finished, we know it's providing the best product for the customer at the best price." For more information on the remanufactured diesel engines of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, please call 1-800-827-7455.

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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.