On May 18th & 19th TCRA members and future members alike converged on the Cleveland, Ohio area to attend the 10th Annual TCRA Seminar.
On May 18th & 19th TCRA members and future members alike converged on the Cleveland, Ohio area to attend the 10th Annual TCRA Seminar. The event kicked off Friday morning with a bus ride to LuK USA LLC. Upon arrival at the Wooster, Ohio facility attendees were divided into groups and given informative presentations on the future of the Torque Converter by Marc McGrath, Vice-President of Technical Product Development for LuK USA and Tim Coppock the Director of Testing and Materials at LuK USA. From there the groups were taken on a tour of LuKs’ production facility. The production lines were chocked full of all the latest technology and automation. Although the production was on a much larger scale than most of us are accustomed to, it was impressive none the less. After the tour was completed attendee’s were treated to a barbeque lunch and a Q & A session with the hosts from LuK. After lunch and the Q & A it was back on the bus for a trip back to home base near Strongsville, Ohio to regroup before heading off on the second tour of the day. The folks at HTG Aerobraze were gracious enough to open their doors to the TCRA seminar attendee’s. HTG gave an informative tour of HTG’s Cleveland Facility pointing out the processes and benefits they can offer to manufacturers and converter rebuilders alike. Upon completion of this tour the attendee’s were off to points of interest in the Cleveland area.
Saturday was the day of the seminar. President Joe Rivera got things started with introductions and Chris Horbach of Raybestos gave the first presentation that brought us all up to speed on things in the friction world. Lou Darling from Daimler Chrysler caught us up with the new things at Chrysler / Daimler Chrysler … well you know the rest. After a morning break Bob Warnke and Ed Lee of Sonnax and Mike Souza of ATSG gave presentations that will help rebuilders with complaints that AREN’T the converters fault as well as some fixes for some old problems. After lunch attendee’s were back at it. Victor Roses from General Motors presented on the bridge between the fading of the four speeds and the introduction of the six speeds. Roger Bland of ATRA gave us an interesting look at the condition of the industry. TCRA Member vendors presented throughout the day with booths and displays. Don Randolph shared what’s going on at DACCO as well as a very informative presentation on what’s new from Ford. Joe Rivera wrapped up the afternoon session and led the annual members meeting. Members had the opportunity the see where TCRA is and where it is going. Last but not least a hospitality event was sponsored by Raybestos and Sonnax. To many, this may be the best part of the day. No not because it has food and drink, but because you can discuss the events of the day with some old friends you probably only see once a year. During the event it was announced there were three possible venues for TCRA 2008. Stay Tuned!