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  • We had a local general repair shop bring us a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6L V-6 engine equipped with a ZF 8-speed (845RE) transmission; they had just installed a “rebuilt” transmission that was sourced from a salvage yard. The customer’s stated concern was, “The place that built the transmission just said it needed to be programmed.” Needless to say, we knew that this was going to be an adventure.
  • ZF Aims for Total Supply-Chain Digitalization
    Wednesday, January 3, 2018 3:18 PM
    Automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG is aiming for an end-to-end digitalization of both internal and external business processes and harmonizing these worldwide to harness far-reaching synergy effects.
  • ATSG: Supporting an Industry
    Wednesday, November 1, 2017 12:00 AM
    ATSG’s Pete Luban and Wayne Colonna in the shop where teardown and research is done in preparation for the seminars and bulletins the company produces in a role of reference library and hotline technical consultant to the transmission repair aftermarket.
  • Transtar: Reforming Relationships
    Sunday, October 1, 2017 12:00 AM
    After reacquisition of Transtar Industries, the leadership team consist of familiar faces: Kevin Rozsa, Vice President of Supply Chain; Monte Ahuja, Chairman & CEO; Neil Sethi, President & COO and Tom DeMille, Vice President Sales & Marketing. The team says that they are forward focused on strengthening the supplier-employee-customer network of relationships that long-guided the company’s growth and success.
  • Aftermarket Answers: Rockland Standard Gear
    Wednesday, September 6, 2017 9:03 AM

    On The Cover: Rockland Standard Gear Team: George Kreppein, Brian Johnston and Mike Weinberg posed with their trade-show display that includes a Magnum Tz that replaces Viper T56 units and the Magnum TR6060 Tranzilla rated for 850 ft/lbs of torque.

    Time has passed quickly for Rockland Standard Gear partners Brian Johnston and Mike Weinberg. Forty years ago, Weinberg was offered the opportunity to purchase a transmission shop. He found a couple of partners in Johnston and his late brother Eugene opening All Transmission in Rockland County, New York.

  • 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.
  • Up To Standards: Learn New Things.
    Thursday, January 4, 2018 2:54 PM
    You are not supposed to get to the finish line in pristine condition. You are supposed to cross the line a burnt out, beat up hulk, and through the smoke and leakage, yell, “WHAT A RIDE!”
  • Thursday, January 4, 2018 2:48 PM
    There are times on ATSG’s technical help line, when we discover a solution to a problem, we would like to produce a bulletin or a seminar piece to share this information but do not. The reason for this is, although we determined a solution, we can only guess as to why the solution corrects the problem. Here is an example of the type of situation we find ourselves in.
  • TASC Force Tips: Valve Body - Vacuum test locations
    Thursday, January 4, 2018 2:40 PM
  • ‘Rebuilt’ salvage-yard transmission, hmmm …
    Wednesday, January 3, 2018 3:45 PM
    We had a local general repair shop bring us a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6L V-6 engine equipped with a ZF 8-speed (845RE) transmission; they had just installed a “rebuilt” transmission that was sourced from a salvage yard. The customer’s stated concern was, “The place that built the transmission just said it needed to be programmed.” Needless to say, we knew that this was going to be an adventure.
  • The Fine Art of Listening (and Asking Questions)
    Friday, December 1, 2017 12:01 AM
    Listening and hearing are two very different functions, although they are easily confused and often substituted for one another. Businesses, in general, could be far more successful if people at all levels practiced active listening.
  • Building Projects (and Relationships) in the Dark
    Friday, December 1, 2017 12:01 AM
    Reman U is a place for stories. This post is no exception, but I’m going to go slightly off-script and start by telling you the moral to this story: Most businesses hurt their relationships with customers because they don’t apply the same project management skills that they use in the shop when working with them.
    Now the story…
  • Expansion: To Open More Locations or Not
    Wednesday, November 1, 2017 12:00 AM
    Terry Greenhut says think hard before opening new locations.
  • Reman U: The Most Important Part
    Wednesday, November 1, 2017 12:00 AM
    Jennifer Porter shares what she learned by shadowing a coworker.
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