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.

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.

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.

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.

Branch Profile: Baltimore

The Baltimore branch opened in 1989. This branch holds the company record of 1,748 total units sold in one month in 2000. We are planning to move into our new JASPER-owned building in November of this year. The new branch will be located between Washington D.C. and Baltimore. The facility will have six dock doors to help keep up with the six daily delivery trucks. The Baltimore branch has 18 Associates, averaging 12 years experience among them.

Ohio Technical College Partners with Jasper Engines & Transmissions

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio Technical College (OTC), a premier provider of specialized technical training in a wide variety of transportation fields, has formed a partnership with Jasper Engines and Transmissions to use its products in the school’s Automotive and Auto-Diesel programs. Through the partnership, JASPER, a maker of remanufactured gas and diesel engines, transmissions and differentials, will provide engines, transmissions and differentials along with manufacturing, marketing and sponsor support to OTC. Students will train on the company’s products during a six-week course held in the new Jasper Engines and Transmissions Training Center Lab building.
The training center will consist of five classrooms: three engine labs, one automatic transmission lab, and one manual transmission and differential lab. Students will learn disassembly, measuring, cylinder honing, how to work with heli-coil inserts, timing belt installation and proper re-assembly and torque procedures. The JASPER course will also train students on automatic transmissions in rear and front-wheel drive vehicles which will be covered in car diagnostic testing as well as transmission removal and reinstallation. In addition, the manual transmission classes will cover differentials.
"We are excited to have JASPER as the official automotive engine and transmissions partner of OTC, and they will have a great presence in training the next generation of technicians," said Tom King, Vice-President of Enrollment Management and Technical Training for OTC. "The Jasper Engines and Transmissions Training Center allows our students to work with quality products that come from a leader in remanufacturing."
OTC’s ASE/NATEF-certified Automotive Technology program offers relevant hands-on training over the course of 72 weeks, while the Auto-Diesel program combines the automotive courses with Diesel Equipment Technology training. Some of the subjects covered include engine performance and repair, automatic transmission and transaxle, manual drive train and axles and alternative fuels.
About Ohio Technical College Ohio Technical College (OTC) is an accredited private, proprietary technical school dedicated to providing premier technical training in the world of modern mechanics by pursuing industry alliances, providing outstanding training equipment and focusing on the needs of individual students. An Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) college, OTC and its PowerSport Institute branch campus encompass nearly 800,000 sq. feet of classroom and workshop space. OTC offers technician-training programs in Automotive, Diesel, Auto-Diesel, Collision Repair, Classic Car Restoration, High Performance and Racing, Welding and PowerSport Technology as well as specialization in BMW, Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Custom Bike Building, Custom Paint and Graphics and Power Generator Systems. Motorcycle technician training is provided through the PowerSport Institute, a branch campus of OTC in North Randall, Ohio. For more information, call 800.322.7000 ext. 163; or visit www.ohiotech.edu and www.psi-net.com. About JASPER Engines and Transmissions Headquartered in Jasper, IN, Jasper Engines and Transmissions has been remanufacturing quality products since 1942 and today is the nation’s largest mass remanufacturer of gas and diesel engines, transmissions, differentials, rear axle assemblies, marine engines, stern drives, performance engines and transmissions, alternate fuel engines and electric motors. In 2010, the company became 100% Associate (employee) Owned. JASPER’s 1700 Associates, 41 branch and distributor locations, three manufacturing facilities and two distribution centers are committed to providing the perfect product through continuous improvement in Safety, Quality, Productivity, Customer Service and Reduction of Waste. The company’s processes and procedures are designed to produce a quality component that meets or exceeds expectations. JASPER’s mission statement is "Do It Right… And Have Fun!" The company strongly believes that they must not only produce high quality products, but they enjoy and are passionate about the work they do. Engines, transmissions and differentials are backed by a 3-year/100,000 mile warranty. Please visit www3.jasperengines.com for complete warranty information and additional information about the company.