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  • Bob Mace
    “ATI Performance Products Inc., has been around a long time,” says CEO J.C. Beattie, Jr. “The start was a little transmission and general repair shop in Silver Spring, Md., where my dad (Jim Beattie) was in business with a partner for the first few years. That shop, ATI Transmission, is still in business there today. The business was a small general repair type shop with a large fleet customer, Yellow Cab in D.C. There was a lot of transmission work there, Powerglides at first and later 350s and 400s.
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  • May I have a word with you, please?
     
    If you are repairing transmissions for a living, you will invariably spend some time on the phone ordering parts and speaking with technical hotlines to assist in your diagnosis of problems. Having been on both ends of a tech line for over half a century and an equal amount of time buying parts, I have learned a whole new language...
  • Sonnax Recognized for Exemplary Service
    Wednesday, August 9, 2017 2:51 PM
    Sonnax Industries was one of nine companies recently honored with the 2016 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Supplier Service Award. Known as the “ELMO,” this honor is presented to select Jasper vendor partners for outstanding support in three categories: Growth, Service and Quality.
  • ATI: Performance Made Personal
    Thursday, August 3, 2017 10:41 AM
    “ATI Performance Products Inc., has been around a long time,” says CEO J.C. Beattie, Jr. “The start was a little transmission and general repair shop in Silver Spring, Md., where my dad (Jim Beattie) was in business with a partner for the first few years. That shop, ATI Transmission, is still in business there today. The business was a small general repair type shop with a large fleet customer, Yellow Cab in D.C. There was a lot of transmission work there, Powerglides at first and later 350s and 400s.
  • Genuine! - Ford Powertrain throughout North America
    Thursday, July 6, 2017 2:34 PM
    Remanufactured units, rebuild kits and anything else needed for powertrain in a Ford manufactured vehicle is available from local Ford and Lincoln dealerships throughout North America. (From left) Al Kin Jr., Transmission Digest Editor Ed Peaco and Jeff Kaut examine the contents of a Motorcraft master kit at the Campbell Ford parts counter.
  • Hayden: Cool Stuff
    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 2:10 PM
    Engineering Manager Archibald Pinto and Marketing and Product Manager Ron Miller for Hayden brand products show off the current assortment of coolers, fan clutches and cooling accessories made and marketed by their division of Standard Motor Products.
  • Raybestos: Extending the Brand
    Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:53 AM
    A few years ago Transmission Digest reported on the acquisition of Raybestos Powertrain and sister company, Allomatic Products, by the Monomoy Capital Partners Group. Since that time a management team has been assembled and a company with long history in both OE and aftermarket segments of the powertrain industry has continued to develop and bring to market friction clutch plates and related product lines.
  • Are We Speaking the Same Language?
    Monday, August 7, 2017 10:52 AM
    May I have a word with you, please?
     
    If you are repairing transmissions for a living, you will invariably spend some time on the phone ordering parts and speaking with technical hotlines to assist in your diagnosis of problems. Having been on both ends of a tech line for over half a century and an equal amount of time buying parts, I have learned a whole new language...
  • Technically Speaking: It’s the Little Things
    Monday, August 7, 2017 10:44 AM
    The phrase, “It’s the little things,” is often times pared with “that count” or “will get you.” Both are true when it comes to a loss of reverse after rebuilding a 4F27E. It is easy to overlook the little things that count and it will be the little thing that gets you.
  • Seal the Deal: Preventing Comebacks with Non-Valve-Body Vacuum Testing
    Monday, August 7, 2017 10:18 AM
    It is widely known that vacuum testing verifies wear levels in valve bores quickly and easily, helping to eliminate guesswork during diagnosis. Because of its effectiveness, vacuum testing has displaced less-reliable test methods to become the industry standard for identifying sources of valve-body leakage. But are there other areas of the transmission — aside from the valve body — that could be tested for leaks using vacuum? Can this kind of testing make life on the bench easier by helping to identify “phantom” leaks that would otherwise result in costly comebacks?
  • Blame it on Missing Harness Retaining Clips
    Monday, August 7, 2017 10:05 AM
    The subject vehicle that was fitted with one of our remanufactured transmissions six months prior showed up at one of our repair locations recently, with the customer concern of an intermittent bumpy 1-2 shift, and a low-power lugging sensation along with a CEL on. While performing our initial evaluation, we found a P1860 code stored in history, but not current. During the road test the truck was working well with no clear signs of what set the DTC, but after several minutes of driving it started to act up. The TCC was applying right on top of the 1-2 shift, but according to the scan-tool data, was not being commanded on by the ECU.
  • New-Employee Orientation: Inspect What You Expect
    Thursday, August 10, 2017 11:00 AM
    Hiring a new employee begins a relationship with someone who was, more than likely, a total stranger to you not very long ago. Even if you conducted a very well planned interview process you still don’t know very much about this person and he or she probably knows little about you and the way your company functions. Without many preconceived notions, this is a great time for you to make a strong impression on your new hire.
  • Best & Brightest: Questions & Assessment
    Monday, July 10, 2017 9:56 AM
    In the previous installment we discussed the hiring interview. I mentioned that it would be best to have a set routine and agenda for the interview with questions that will paint a general picture of the prospect for you and more specific questions tuned to the position for which you are hiring.
  • Recruiting: Attracting the Best Candidates
    Wednesday, May 3, 2017 2:41 PM
    Recruiting new employees has a whole lot in common with finding new customers, which is something we, as owners and managers, do every day. We are continually selling people on why they should use our services. We advertise, ask for referrals, market by getting involved in the community and generally try to show that we are a good, honest and trustworthy business, that it’s safe for people to use when they need help.
  • Finding & Developing Your Personal Management Style
    Friday, March 10, 2017 10:19 AM
    You are a unique individual. There is no one else exactly like you in the entire world. The way you look and act, the way you think and feel, they are all yours. You have certain strengths and weaknesses that have helped and or hindered you your whole life. One of the keys to being a successful manager of people and business is to recognize and build on those strengths and work toward eliminating as many weaknesses as possible.
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