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    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.
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  • To recap, we have looked at how the dual-clutch transmission functions, essentially two gear boxes in one with the input shafts driven by hydraulically applied clutch packs that drive three concentric shafts that are one inside the other.
  • Mitchell 1: Manager SE Truck Edition
    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 2:57 PM
    Mitchell 1 announced the release of Manager™ SE Truck Edition, shop management software for repair shops that service all makes of commercial trucks.
  • 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.
  • Dartco: Big Units - Big Business
    Friday, March 31, 2017 4:40 PM

    Dartco CEO J.R. Sellars with freshly cleaned Allison hard parts that will be sold as used, or after further processing, as remanufactured components.

    “Dartco serves about 2,500 different customers over the course of a year. Of that we have 300-400 who are consistent customers; those who are ordering on a daily or weekly basis from us,” explains the company’s CEO, J.R. Sellars.

  • Annual Buyer’s Guide & Powertrain Industry Directory in Five Parts
    Wednesday, March 8, 2017 3:16 PM
    Preparing for the March issue IS the busy time of the year at Transmission Digest. We present a traditional industry buyer’s guide and a directory of the powertrain aftermarket showing supplier companies of parts, tools, services and equipment that chose to be listed by returning survey forms.
  • Hydraulic & Fluid Controls in Dual-Clutch Units
    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 3:00 PM
    To recap, we have looked at how the dual-clutch transmission functions, essentially two gear boxes in one with the input shafts driven by hydraulically applied clutch packs that drive three concentric shafts that are one inside the other.
  • Mercedes 722.6: No Upshift Condition
    Wednesday, May 3, 2017 1:53 PM

    Technically Speaking:

    The frustrated owner of a 1996 Mercedes S500 called to complain that his vehicle had been acting up for some time and he was at his wits end. Apparently, he and others had taken a swipe at repairing the problem with little success so the vehicle was towed into the shop to get a look with a fresh pair of eyes, so to speak.

  • 6L80 Component Upgrades (It May Involve More Than One)
    Friday, March 10, 2017 10:06 AM
    Complaint/Concern:
    A customer with a 2010 Silverado 2500 stated that his truck had started to develop a clicking-type noise once the vehicle reached approximately 55,000 miles. The noise only occurred when going into drive or reverse (garage shift). The truck had 63,000 miles on it and was equipped with a 6L80 transmission and 6.0L engine. Since it was a 4WD, a thorough inspection needed to be done to deter-mine whether the noise came from the trans-mission or transfer case, not to mention the differentials or drive shafts.
  • Verifying Repairs: This is Where We Dropped the Ball
    Thursday, March 9, 2017 3:51 PM
    For this installment of R&R Tech I would like to take some time to discuss how engine performance can affect the transmission operation. We have all heard it before; the engine must be running properly in order for the transmission to function correctly. What does “properly” mean in this scenario? We all use different terms when we tell the customer, “You need to get the engine running properly” or good, correct, better, whatever terms we use; in our minds it all means the same thing. We either see or feel something that is not right with the engine performance and to try to protect our investment (our remanufactured product) by telling the customer that it needs to get repaired in conjunction with the transmission replacement. How far do we need to go with this? Just tell the customer and leave it up to them, or do we require them to have it checked/repaired and return it to us for inspection?
  • 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.
  • Keep work fun, challenging: Hire team players
    Friday, March 10, 2017 9:20 AM
    Groundhog Day
    Remember the movie Groundhog Day where everyday was the same? You know, we work long hours and spend a lot of our time in the shop. After a while it can seem like we are living the movie. Working in a transmission shop can get boring when you do it day after day, year after year. So, what can we do to break up the monotony?
  • More Manager Success: Made Not Born
    Monday, February 13, 2017 2:20 PM
    Shop management: Fifth in a series

    In this installment let’s continue to uncover more good traits of a successful manager.

    So far we’ve learned that successful managers have integrity, are improvers of themselves and others, have relatability, are good listeners, keep their promises, have compassion and can empathize, but not sympathize, and are well organized and in control.

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