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JASPER CNC Machining Makes for Efficient Diesel Remanufacturing

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JASPER recently acquired a Haas VF-6 CNC for its Diesel Division. This machine has the ability to resurface an engine block as well as bore the cylinders. “What makes the CNC machine better is that it can resurface a block twice as fast, compared to standard machining practices, without compromising surface finish,” says Ryan Dooley, JASPER Diesel Division Manager. “The machine can bore out the cylinders five times faster than standard machining.”

“It would take about 40 minutes to manually set up a block to be bored and resurfaced,” he added. “With the CNC machine, that process is cut in half.”

Dooley says the Haas VF-6 currently machines the bigger medium-duty engines remanufactured within the division. “It machines all of our Cummins engines, all of our Caterpillar and Duramax engines, and we have future plans to have it machine the counterbore inline International engines,” he said. “This CNC machine currently accounts for about 35% of our production.”

With the new CNC machining process, Dooley says the customer will see added value and benefits from a JASPER product. “We’re able to machine the same block, without compromising quality, in half the amount of time,” added Dooley. “So it’s helped us become more efficient in providing a product to the customer in a shorter amount of time.”

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: In what year did JASPER open its first California branch?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: What automaker offers the Wolfsburg Edition?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Volkswagen

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Rufino H.

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Compression Testing JASPER’s Complete Diesel Engine

In our continuing effort to provide customers with the perfect product, Jasper Engines & Transmissions has improved the testing process on all of our Complete diesel format engines.

Depending on the application, a JASPER Complete diesel engine includes all major castings, valve train, oil pump, oil pan and pickup tube.  “Each Complete engine is spin tested to verify oil pressure and water is run through the unit to check for fluid leaks,” says Eric Brittain, JASPER Diesel Division Group Leader.

As the Complete engine is spin tested, a compression probe is inserted into the glow plug hole of each individual cylinder (Figure 1).  “The compression reading of that cylinder is recorded through computerized data acquisition,” said Brittain.  “The program will alert the operator of any potential issues with low compression, or too great of a variation between cylinders.”

“On a diesel engine, the biggest issues are immediate start-up failures such as an oil leak, a misfire or a rough-running condition,” added Brittain.  “By performing this test JASPER can pinpoint, and correct, potential issues.  When this process is finished, we know JASPER has provided 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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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What automaker offers the Wolfsburg Edition?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: What is the “type number” for a four-door Porsche Panamera?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 970

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Mel R. Gilroy, CA

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What is the “type number” for a four-door Porsche Panamera?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: What is the name of the automotive component pictured above?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 4WD Actuator

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

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New Dynomometer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a never-ending pursuit of the perfect product, Jasper Engines & Transmissions has installed a computerized dynamometer to help in the development of new products, and for use with the Jasper Authentic Custom Drivetrain Division.

The Land and Sea Dynomite, 2000 horsepower, water brake dynamometer provides accurate horsepower and torque readings, gives JASPER the ability to customize testing situations, and allows JASPER’s Product Development group to conduct long-term engine testing.

“We will use this Dyno for 50-hour engine durability testing, on all new products, before they are released,” said Brad Boeglin, JASPER Product Development Team Leader.  “With the use of OEM computers, we’ll put an engine we are developing under various RPM and load conditions to simulate real-world driving and wear situations.  This will give JASPER further insight into long term failures, and allow us to correct them before a product is released.”

The new dyno will also allow Product Development teams to test different engine parts and tolerances, away from production areas and learn how those changes will affect an engine.  “Engine parts stress differently under load conditions,” said Boeglin.  “Using specialized tooling, we can now put these engines under loads, test, and create tighter tolerances which, in turn, will increase the life of the engine.”

Jasper Authentic Custom Drivetrains will use the new dynamometer to test their customer’s engines as an added service to the custom remanufacturing package. “For an additional charge, customers can have their engine dynamometer tested. A printout of torque and horsepower readings will be sent with the engine,” says Boeglin. “Customers like that service as it allows complete testing of the engine with the customer’s fuel and ignition systems.”

For more information on the remanufactured products of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, please call 1-800-827-7455.

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A Smart Investment for Your Tax Returns

What are your plans for this year’s tax refund? How about spending it on one of your largest investments, your vehicle. That’s right! If you’ve been holding off on a major vehicle repair, now may be a favorable time to invest that tax refund on a one-time purchase for that much needed drivetrain component.

I know this sounds like an advertisement, but it does makes sense. As we rebound from the recent economic downturn, I think most of us would like to get ahead in respects to our own financial situations. By making an investment and repairing that parked vehicle ,with a JASPER product, you’ll be able to save and build that nest egg by not having the hassle of monthly new car payments and inflated insurance premiums.

We all like to treat our families and ourselves to nice things, maybe a vacation, the latest flat-screen TV, or just a simple dinner and a movie. My wife may disagree but, I am not a tightwad. I do enjoy making certain purchases, but I’m also conscience of things I can do to better secure our financial future. A couple of years ago, our minivan’s transmission was slipping horribly. To me, buying the JASPER replacement made sense, not just because I work the company, but because of the piece-of-mind and long-term savings. I can still remember the evening that I picked it up after the installation, it may seem silly but I felt like I was driving a new vehicle off of the lot. I think everyone should experience what I felt that evening, confidence in a product with a great warranty and the reassurance of making a great investment. Just something to think about when you get that refund from Uncle Sam.

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What is the name of the automotive component pictured above?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: What automotive part is responsible for blending air
and fuel for an internal 
combustion engine
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Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Intake Manifold

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Tom A.

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