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  • From The Publisher
    Saturday, December 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A lyric to a Paul Simon song comes to mind: “Now the years are rolling by me, they are rockin’ even me. I am older than I once was, and younger than I'll be, that's not unusual. No it isn't strange, after changes upon changes, we are more or less the same. After changes we are more or less the same...”
  • From The Publisher
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Each year we devote an issue of Transmission Digest to a segment of our industry that has been shrinking for many years but refuses to fade away entirely. Manual transmissions – in their basic form – are found on fewer and fewer vehicles being offered for sale.
  • From The Publisher
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Funeral services were held Sept. 20 for ATSG technical consultant Rick Sons who lived in Indianapolis, fielded ATSG technical calls from around the world and often traveled as part of the ATSG seminar team. Rick’s entire career revolved around the repair of vehicles and the rebuilding of powertrain components. He is survived by Edie, his wife, daughter Kelly Hartman, granddaughter Abigail Hartman, his mother, brothers and a host of nieces and nephews. Our condolences to Rick’s family and to his extended ATSG family.
  • Acquisition to Enhance World Class Technical Content
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    The Automatic Transmission Service Group (ATSG) was acquired this past month by ETE Reman. ATSG has provided much of the technical content appearing in Transmission Digest and Transmission Digest Tech/Talk since the mid-1980s, and more recently, for Transmission Digest ePowertrain Bulletin, which started distribution in 2016.
  • From The Publisher
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    After more than 30 years of doing this, it’s disturbing to find one is not perfect! In last month’s TCRA feature, my fingers (or quite possibly my mind) slipped while typing instructions to the layout people here. As a result, photo 6183 was used in place of photo 6163. And so it was that a photo of Mike Souza at an industry picnic was captioned as being GM senior converter engineer and TCRA seminar speaker Victor Roses. This is the correct photo of Mr. Roses and I apologize for not seeing the error when proofing the article.
  • From The Publisher
    Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Just as I was sitting down to write a column this month con-cerning the torque converter segment of our industry, I re-ceived a follow-up to an email received from builder Hugo Magdaleno a few months ago...
  • From The Publisher - ASA Warns Shops: Be Data Aware
    Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Experts say motorists (our customers) will be potentially sharing more and more data from their vehicles onto a cloud and then to who knows where? More and more what seems like attractive data being brought aboard the vehicle is only one side of an equation that includes returning data to the cloud and the various third party collectors that are there.
  • From The Publisher - The passing of Jimmy Fuller, Transmission Digest Theatre
    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 11:08 AM
    It is with quite a bit of sadness that we report the passing on April 21 of Jimmy Fuller at age 65. Jimmy opened Alabama Bands in Muscle Shoals, Ala., nearly 38 years ago after working in the band relining department at Delta Automotive in adjacent Sheffield, Ala. Fuller later added a solenoid remanufacturing business, Shoals Solenoid, and also had added a product line of relined torque converter pistons.
  • Passing of longtime sales associate Mike Anderson
    Monday, December 4, 2017 10:24 AM
    I’d originally written a seasonal greeting into this space when, over Thanksgiving weekend the Transmission Digest family was devastated to learn of the passing of longtime sales associate Mike Anderson at the age of 67. Mike joined the team in March of 2000 and had been handling advertising and Marketplace sales for the magazine for those 17-plus years.
  • Torque-converter Rebuilding Functions
    Tuesday, July 11, 2017 2:49 PM
    Each July Transmission Digest tailors an issue to coverage of the torque-converter rebuilding functions. Torque converters are in some ways part of the transmission aftermarket, but in other ways face their own separate challenges and distribution networks. Most shops purchase converters as a subassembly to a transmission as opposed to building them in house. At the same time, many of the suppliers and rebuilders involved in the torque converter business are familiar stalwarts of the transmission aftermarket as well.
Beyond the missions of providing education and reference materials, Transmission Digest serves as a prime resource used as shops find the parts, supplies and services necessary for successful and profitable operation. Nine of the 12 issues published each year are focused on the products, services and suppliers relating to a specific profit center within the retail shop.

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