Torque converter rebuilders from around the world gathered in Louisville, Kentucky for the 22nd Annual TCRA Seminar this past April 26th and 27th.
This year’s event started bright and early on Friday morning as the group loaded buses and headed up the road to Jasper, Indiana for a plant tour of Jasper Engine & Transmission Power Drive. Following the plant tour, a short bus ride took the attendees to Jasper’s headquarters to enjoy lunch, conversation and an impressive tour of Jasper’s headquarters.
After returning to the host hotel, everyone gathered for the annual TCRA membership meeting where the results of the board elections were announced. Joining the board of directors for 2020 will be Ken Kelly, Eric Saxberg and Steve Jaussaud. Immediately following the member meeting, Sonnax hosted a reception with sumptuous appetizers and an open bar as attendees renewed acquaintanceships and made new ones.
Saturday morning marked the beginning of an agenda of informative training seminars presented by well-known industry professionals. TCRA vice president, Raffi Pilavjian returned this year to perform his outstanding role as Master of Ceremonies and kept the sessions flowing throughout the day.
The lineup of speakers was impressive with ATRA’s own Rodger Bland kicking things off with insights and lessons he’s learned on his annual horsepack trips. Rodger offered heartfelt advice about the importance of work-life balance.
Next up was Ed Lee, who took the group on a virtual tour of the past, present and future of torque converter diagnosing. Bobby Mace shared some interesting industry trends based on the results of his annual survey. Ed’s and Bobby’s presentations provided a perfect segue for TRANSTAR Industries’ Mike Cargill, who spoke to the group on the future of personal mobility. He offered an eye-opening session explaining that the global revolution of automotive powertrains is well underway.
Following a delicious lunch, compliments of Borg-Warner Transmission Systems, it was back to more great training sessions. Mike Souza of Seal Aftermarket Products started the post-lunch sessions with his presentation, “CVTs – The New Torque Converter Blame Game.” TCRA Executive Director, Chris Horbach followed Mike, informing the group about the importance and engineering behind the friction material found in today’s torque converters. Bob Warnke of Sonnax wrapped up the training with an in-depth look at the 6L, 6R and 6T series – how they should work as well as what is problematic in the hydraulic control of the TC clutch.
Everyone agreed that this fast-paced learning event was both fun and informative. For more information about TCRA, visit them online at TCRAonline.com.
TCRA wishes to publicly thank the event sponsors Jasper Engines & Transmissions for the plant tour and Friday’s luncheon; Sonnax for the Friday evening reception; Transmission Digest for providing coffee and pastries; Transmission Specialties, the morning break sponsor; and Wolfpack Enterprises, who sponsored the afternoon break.
TCRA also wants to acknowledge the attendees. It demonstrates their commitment to gaining and maintaining a technical advantage in the ever-changing world of torque converters.