POD305

Jasper Engines and Transmissions has expanded its Gas Engine Remanufacturing Division within the Jasper, Indiana, facility.

The Jasper facility utilized four remanufacturing lines (called PODs) in which an engine went from a core, to a finished product, within one remanufacturing unit.  Each POD has specific engine families that it remanufactures.  This allows each POD to become specialized with those engine families, which helps JASPER produce a quality product and produce it more efficiently.

The need for a fifth POD was realized as early as November, 2013, as increased sales of JASPER remanufactured Ford modular engines (4.6L and 5.4L Triton V8 and 6.8L V10) exceeded the Gas Engine Division’s maximum production. “We were selling 28 units per day at the start of the year,” said Randy Bauer, Jasper Facility Gas Division Manager.  “We’re currently averaging 33 sales per day of these units.”

“We were spending a considerable amount of overtime to produce these units,” Bauer said. “With this engine family remanufactured in a separate POD, we’ll reduce the amount of overtime that our Associates are working, and at the same time improve the ergonomic part of their work.”

The new POD, named POD 305, began gas engine remanufacturing on June 1st after months of development, and the relocation of JASPER’s Differential Division.  A team of Associates handles engine remanufacturing duties within five areas: disassembly, prep and repair, head machining, block machining and assembly/testing.

This POD expands on an open concept method used in other areas within the Gas Division.  “We had open floor space available to configure each department in a U-shaped design,” said Bauer.  “We found this design to be very successful in the disassembly and assembly areas in our other PODS, so it was used in each area of 305, said Bauer.”

“The U-shaped design gives Associates more room to work, and it’s more visible and manageable for Team Leaders to check in on progress,” he said.  “This is in contrast with areas in our existing PODS that utilize a linear form of remanufacturing, where work space is at a premium.”

The open concept of POD 305 also allows customers to see what happens while they are on tour.  “The linear fashion of the old-style PODs is very cramped, and it’s hard to get tours to view the processes,” Bauer said.  “With POD 305, customers will be able to see from the aisle way, looking into the area, and get a much better view of the quality of our product.”

With the formation of the Power Drive Transmission facility later this year, the Gas Division is anticipating additional floor space within the Jasper Facility to transform their existing PODs in a similar fashion.

For more information on the complete line of remanufactured gas engines from Jasper Engines & Transmissions, please call 800-827-7455.

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2015 JASPER Calendar Email has Changed!

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 high-resolution color photograph 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 jennifer.hohl@jasperengines.com.

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: In which U.S. city is JASPER’s eastern-most branch located?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: Which German automobile manufacturer produces the
(sport compact) Eos
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Volkswagen

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Jason T.

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which German automobile manufacturer produces the (sport compact)
Eos?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: Which Japanese automaker developed the Variable Valve
Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Honda

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Nathan C.

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing with JASPER Customers

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From left to right: Sonny Michaelszyn, AMF Auto Clinic; Gene Hammond, Sevys Auto; Mike Crilly, Crilly Car Cures; Frank Ricci, Car Clinic; Jeff Weigle, Chips Auto Center; Tom Wizda, Wizda Auto; Joe Tomlinson, JASPER Sales Representative; Dan Pizzuto, Southern Auto; Craig Hessenauer, JASPER Regional Vice President; Doug Durkee, Durkee Automotive.

Date: Thursday 5/8/14

The day started at 3:30 a.m. at the Christiana Mall in Newark, DE, where we all met to van-pool to the marina. Tom Wizda said, “On an overcast day, the fish really bite.” How little did he know how true his statement would turn out to be.

We arrived at the marina in Chesapeake Beach, MD a little after 6 a.m. and set out on the 50′ Bay Hunter. The mate had barely cast six lines when Tom Wizda landed the first rockfish of the day! The captain’s excellent fish finding skills had us pulling in up to three fish at a time. All keepers, no less. Dan Pizzuto had the feistiest fish. It gave him a great fight and almost wiggled its way off the boat. Doug Durkee and Jeff Weigle helped the mate by manning the net during the furious fishing frenzy.

We trolled the Bay for a while for some catch and release while enjoying a “little boat ride,” said Craig Hessenauer. The boat docked, the fish were filleted and we headed to a local restaurant to enjoy some lunch while discussing important issues facing shop owners today.

Memories were made that will not be forgotten.

Joe Tomlinson
JASPER Associate Owner

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JASPER Supplier Award Winners for 2013

Jasper Engines and Transmissions has named its Supplier Award winners for 2013. There were 12 total recipients named in the following three categories:

GROWTH Awards
Eagle Precision (Steel and Wave Plates; and Shims)
Auburn Gear (Cases and Housings)
BorgWarner (Friction Material, Sprags and Solenoids)
S.A. Gear (Gears and Timing Components)

QUALITY Awards
NPR of America (Pistons and Piston Rings)
King Engine Bearings (Bearings and Washer Shims)
United Engine & Machine Co. (Pistons)
Exedy Group (Friction Material and Steel Plates)

SERVICE Awards
Sonnax (Valve Body, Plate Cover and Transmission Parts)
Melling Engine Parts (Oil Pumps, Lifters and Pump Gears)
Elgin Industries (Rockers, Timing and Engine Parts)
Modern Silicone Technologies (Gasket Seals)

Each supplier received a trophy honoring their key role to the company as a true vendor partner in 2013.

JASPER presents these awards, annually, to recognize the company’s Partners in Success. The Growth Award winners were based on an increase in the amount of dollars spent from 2012 to 2013 (minimum amount spent was $100,000).

The Quality Award listing was established by joint nominating efforts between JASPER Sourcing and Quality Teams in key areas such as: Corrective Action Requests, Warranties, Quality Control First-Piece History and Quality Issue Resolution.

The Service Award winners were established by joint nominating efforts between Sourcing and Buyers in key areas including: “Can Do” Attitude, Sense of Urgency, Timely Responses, Problem Resolution and High Level of Expertise.

“JASPER is proud to recognize all of the suppliers this year,” says James Corbin, JASPER Quality Systems Manager. “We have developed great relationships with many of our suppliers and they continue to be critical partners in the success of Jasper Engines and Transmissions. In the aftermarket industry, we must all continue to work together to provide the highest-quality product and price to provide the greatest value to the customer.”

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which Japanese automaker developed the Variable Valve Timing and
Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: Who was the first woman to qualify and compete in
both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Janet Guthrie

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Jon F.

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Who was the first woman to qualify and compete in both the
Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: What heating devices, resembling short metal pencils,
are used to assist in cold-weather starting of some diesel engines
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Glowplugs

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Jeff

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Over a Hundred Pints Donated and Counting…

Annual JASPER Blood Drive

That’s right! Thus far, JASPER Associates have donated over 100 pints of blood in the last two days! Jasper Engines & Transmissions is once again hosting blood drives for the American Red Cross at not just one, but all three remanufacturing facilities. Donations from the Crawford facility’s single-day and Jasper’s two-day event have produced a combined total of 128 pints with the Willow Springs drive scheduled for tomorrow.

Here are some interesting facts about blood donations:
•  An average adult has about 10 pints of blood and roughly one pint is given during a donation
•  Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood
•  The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes
•  A single donation can save up to three lives.

Thanks again to all of our Great JASPER Associates who have or will be donating. This is just another example of how our Associates are “Doing it Right!”

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Nissan Dana 44 Rear Differential

JASPER is pleased to announce the release of the Nissan Dana 44 Differential.

Applications released include:
2004 – 2007

Nissan:
Titan RWD/4WD (Rear axle only)

This JASPER Remanufactured Differential has several advantages over Dealer O.E. and/or Competition
with updates including:

•  JASPER offers an available upgrade from the standard-style O.E. differential to a TrueLoc (TrueLoc
is a helical-gear style limited-slip differential that maximizes wheel traction and enhances driving and
handling characteristics)

•  100% of yokes are replaced or sleeved to achieve a perfect sealing surface.

•  Precise tooth contact pattern is set utilizing the full structure of the gear, on both the coast and drive
side of the ring and pinion, improving the life of the differential.

•  Three bottles of gear oil will be supplied with this differential at NO CHARGE!

•  Immediate availability!

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