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JASPER Makes Changes to Production Leadership, Management Staff

Production Leadership

 

Left to right: Craig Leuck accepted an opportunity with the Jasper Production System team. Sara Schmidt succeeded Craig in leading the Jasper Transmission Division. Shari Gress has been named Production Control Division Manager.

Jasper Engines & Transmissions is pleased to announce the following changes to its leadership team and Management Staff.

After 17 years of leading the Jasper Transmission Division, Craig Leuck has accepted a new opportunity with the Jasper Production System (JPS) team. Craig’s primary responsibilities are supporting workshop and event teams, as well as teaching and supporting Continuous Improvement activities throughout the company. Craig began his career with JASPER 19 years ago, spending two years in Facility Maintenance prior to joining the Transmission Division. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to join our Jasper
Production System team,” said Leuck. “This change allows me to further my knowledge of our overall production system, as well as be able to support our Associates and drive improvement throughout our organization.”

Sara Schmidt has been named the new Transmission Division Manager at the Jasper, Indiana, facility. Sara began her career with JASPER eight years ago working in People Services. Sara has worked in the Crawford Transmission Division, Transmission Division Manager at Willow Springs, Missouri, DOJO Manager, and most recently, Division Manager of Jasper Certified Components.

“I am both honored and excited to join the transmission team as we continue building upon its long standing reputation of remanufacturing high-quality products,” said Schmidt. “As JASPER continues on its journey to be the Brand of Choice to our customers, and the Company of Choice to our current and future Associate-Owners, we look for leaders with cross-functional experiences willing to develop processes, develop people and lead change,” said John Schroeder, JASPER Vice President of Drivetrain Remanufacturing. “Both Craig and Sara have proven track records of success and we are confident they will do well in their new roles.

”In addition, Shari Gress has been named Production Control Division Manager. Shari joined JASPER as an auditor, served on the implementation team and eventually became Operations Manager of Jasper Innovative Solutions. She most recently served as Assistant Manager of Production Control. As Manager, Shari will oversee product scheduling, conveyance, part/core procurement and internal parts stores.

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What retired, three-time, Indianapolis 500 winner will be driving the
pace car in this year’s Indy 500
?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: In 1948 Ford introduced the F-Series Truck. What other name
was this vehicle known as
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Ford Bonus Built

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Dave B.

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: In 1948 Ford introduced the F-Series Truck. What other name
was this vehicle known as?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: Which German automaker produced the (compact executive
car) 190E
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Mercedes Benz

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Dan

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Call for Entries in 2015 JASPER Calendar

The Jasper Engines & Transmissions 2014 calendar is out. We had some great entries, and a big “Thank You” goes to everyone.

But we can’t rest on our laurels, we’re in the preliminary stages for our 2015 calendar. Do you, or your customer, have a vehicle that’s calendar worthy? Don’t hesitate! Send us your entry!

Entrants must submit a color photograph (35mm or larger) and information about their unique vehicle, or performance car or truck, along with the JASPER remanufactured product that has been installed. Vehicles should be placed in a “show” type setting. Low resolution digital images transferred onto photo paper cannot be accepted. High-resolution digital images, 8” x 10” at 300 dpi, are preferred. All entries will be judged based on adherence to the category, equipment appearance and the quality of the photograph.

REMINDER!!! The deadline for 2015 Calendar entries is August 1st. If you have vehicle images, and would like to request an entry form, or for additional information, contact Jennifer Hohl at jhohl@jasperengines.com.

 

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which German automaker produced the (compact executive car) 190E?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: What Swiss engineer is credited with inventing the
turbocharger
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Alfred Büchi

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Jayme K.

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It was a very good weekend for JASPER Race Products at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Brad Keselowski, running a JASPER Differential, took the checkered flag in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events. Joey Logano, also running a JASPER Differential, placed fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, while Kyle Bush, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, followed Keselowski finishing second in the Nationwide race.

A recap of the NASCAR Series’ finishes follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series -  Kobalt 400 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

1st     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
4th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
10th   Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
11th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
12th   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
13th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
23rd   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
43rd   Michael McDowell (JASPER Differential)*

*Michael McDowell is running in the #95 car as a test team for Penske Racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings

2nd    Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
4th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
7th     Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
8th     Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
10th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
20th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
22nd  Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
42nd  Michael McDowell (JASPER Differential)

NASCAR Nationwide Series – Boyd Gaming 300 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

1st   Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
2nd  Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
6th   Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
13th Elliott Sadler (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

Next up…

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – March 16: Food City 500 – Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series – March 15: Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Presented by Lilly Diabetes – Bristol Motor Speedway

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Ford 4.6L/5.4L 3-Valve VVT Oil Pump Update

M360Test

Above: The standard OE pump, with an aluminum backing plate, leaks oil at 2,500 rpm compared to the JASPER pump with a cast iron backing plate. Click on the link to view the video: http://youtu.be/6QPahVJJqFw Below: The cast iron backing plate is on the left; the aluminum backing plate is on the right.

M360 Comparison

One of the primary issues with Ford’s 4.6L/5.4L 3-valve VVT engine surrounds its Variable Valve Timing system, and the lack of oil pressure which can touch off an engine code. Since the VVT is driven by oil pressure, any decrease in oil pressure, provided by the engine, can result in a failure.

To combat this issue, JASPER installs a new Melling M360 oil pump on its remanufactured unit. “At face value, the pump doesn’t look very different from the OE unit, other than the fact it is a high-volume pump,” says Randy Bauer, Gas Engine Division Manager of the Jasper, Indiana, Facility. “The biggest difference is that on a JASPER 3-valve VVT unit, the oil pump utilizes a cast iron backing plate, replacing the aluminum plate found in the OE pump.”

“With the standard OE pump, engine oil starts pouring over the top of the pump at around 2,500 rpm,” said Bauer. “This is caused by pressure buildup inside the pump, making the aluminum backing plate flex; allowing oil to flow over the top.”

“The Melling M360 pump, with the cast iron backing plate, is more rigid,” added Bauer. “The backing plate does not flex until the engine goes beyond 5,500 rpm, which is past the normal operation the engine is going to see.”

“The addition of the Melling M360 pump to our JASPER remanufactured 4.6L/5.4L 3-valve VVT engine provides many advantages to the longevity and performance of the engine,” he said.

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What Swiss engineer is credited with inventing the turbocharger?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: Regarding ignition timing, what does the acronym BTDC
stand for
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Before Top Dead Center

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Gerry M.

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