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Koyo Walhalla Thrust Bearing Factory

2015 Seminar Schedule

Tour Day & Koyo Walhalla Factory
Friday, April 24th

Travel in comfort from the hotel to the Greenville Koyo Technical Center, then to the Koyo Walhalla factory, and back to the hotel courtesy of Whatever It Takes Transmission Parts.

  • 9:00am    Depart Crowne Plaza Hotel.
  • 9:30am     Arrive at Koyo Greenville Tech Center
  • 9:30-11:30am    Tour Greenville Tech Center
  • 11:30am    Board buses and receive box lunches compliments of Koyo.
  • 1:00pm    Arrive at Koyo Walhalla Plant
  • 1:00-3:00pm    Tour Koyo Walhalla Plant
  • 3:00pm    Board buses
  • 4:00pm    Arrive at Greenville Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • 5:00pm    TCRA Member Meeting
    • TCRA Members are invited to attend the Annual Member’s Meeting after the tour. Not a member, but would like to join?  No problem, just look for a TCRA Representative, and they will be glad to answer any questions you have.
  • 6:00-8:00pm    Reception
    • Unwind with industry friends and some food and drinks compliments of Sonnax and BorgWarner.

 

Speaker Schedule
Saturday, April 25th

Absorb a full day of Technical, Business, and Industry information from some of the industry’s experts.

Speaker and   Topic

  •  TCRA  –  Welcome
  • Mike Cargill    –  Profit is Not a Dirty Word
  • Marion Nickles  –   Common Bearing Failure Modes
  • Edgar Nebylitsa   –  Rebuilding the ZF 6HP Series Torque Converter
  • Bob Warnke –   Mechatronic and Hydraulic Controls that Affect TCC
  • Mike Souza     -Just When I Thought I Heard It All – Diagnosis of Vehicle Noises Related to Torque Converters
  • Ed Lee  –    Addressing Converter Issues
  • Bobby Mace   –  Industry Trends
  • Jeff Stuck  –   More Broke Stuff – A Review of Common Late Model Converter Failures

Snacks and beverages will be provided to break up the morning and afternoon sessions, and lunch will be provided.
Talk to your favorite suppliers directly about the products you use. This is the time to ask them questions, tell them about your business, and share with them how their products perform, or provide suggestions for products you see a need for.

Food and Beverages provided by

  • Transtar – Breakfast
  • Transmission Specialties – Morning Break
  • Raybestos Powertrain – Lunch
  • Afternoon Break – Wolfpack

2015 TCRA Seminar – April 24-25, 2015

2015 TCRA Seminar Schedule

2015 TCRA Seminar Registration

 Hotel Registration (Crowne Plaza Greenville):

  • Online (TCRA discounted rate – $119.00/night)
  • By Phone. Call 877-834-3613 and ask for either the Torque block, or the block code is TCA.
  • Read more about the Crowne Plaza Greenville

Koyo Bearings

The TCRA 2015 seminar is being held April 24th and 25th in Greenville, South Carolina. The weekend will begin with an industry supplier tour on Friday and technical session on Saturday.

2015-tcra-semianar-1This year, Koyo has invited TCRA to tour their Technical Center and Walhalla Thrust Bearing factory. Koyo is a name that may be unfamiliar to many of us, but in fact, the name represents the legacy of the Torrington Company; a US manufacturing company that can trace its roots back to 1866. Torrington was originally a sewing needle manufacturer, but over the years the company evolved, eventually becoming the major manufacturer of Torrington needle bearings that are so familiar to the transmission industry. Several ownership changes took place over the years, the last in 2009 with the Torrington needle bearing production being sold to JTEKT, the parent company of Koyo. With this, Koyo became the OEM supplier of needle bearings for the majority of transmissions and torque converters. Koyo marketed bearings using the Torrington brand name until January 2013. The Koyo bearings you purchase today are made in the same plants, by the same people, as the Torrington products you were previously familiar with.

We will be visiting the Research and Development center in Greenville, where Engineering, prototyping and needle bearing analysis takes place. Then, we will head to the Walhalla production plant for a tour. This facility dates back to 1960 when it began making high speed knitting needles. Today the plant produces Thrust Bearings, Thrust Races, Stamped Ball Bearings and Needle Bearings.

There is no doubt that this tour will be a unique opportunity to see the manufacture and technology behind these important components to our industry.

 

Lodging and Conference Center

The Crowne Plaza Greenville will be the host hotel for
the 2015 TCRA weekend.

  • 2015-tcra-semianar-3The renovated hotel is located just off I-385 and
    Roper Mountain Rd., and only 6 miles from
    downtown Greenville.
  • Dine at the hotel in the conjoining Ruth’s Chris Steak
    House restaurant, and share stories with your
    industry colleagues in the Bar and Lounge.
  • TCRA Rate – $119.00/nt
  • 851 Congaree Rd.
    Greenville, SC 29607
    864-297-6300
    877-834-3613

Nominate Someone!

2015-tcra-semianar-5The TCRA Seminar is less than 4 months away, and with it, the annual elections for Directors and Officers for the Torque Converter Rebuilder Association. The success of TCRA has been driven by the hard work of the past and present volunteers that have served on the Board of Directors. Because of commitment and dedication, this association has experienced continued growth. This is an opportunity for you or someone you know to have a hand in paving the way for the converter industry. Nominations are open to any TCRA member eighteen years of age or older and in good standing with the Association (current dues paying member). Interested candidates can self-nominate or nominate another member by sending an email with the nominee’s contact information to TCRA at tcratech@gmail.com. All nominations will be confirmed by telephone. If you do not have access to email, nominations can be submitted via US mail no later than March 1, 2014 to:
TCRA
Chris Horbach
4102 Abercrombie Dr.
Chesterton, IN 46304

 Wanted: Innovative Ideas

2015-tcra-semianar-6Raybestos Powertrain has brought back the Innovation Award, and in partnership with TCRA, looks to increase industry dialogue and provide a forum to share real-world, innovative ideas for the betterment of all torque converter rebuilders. In sharing these solutions, Raybestos Powertrain wants to improve the service we can provide TCRA members, which in turn improves service to each member’s customers and the driving public. As part of its commitment to the supply and support the torque converter rebuilding industry, Raybestos Powertrain is offering the Innovation Award, with a value up to $10,000.

Visit  www.raybestospowertrain.com/innovationaward for complete 2015 Rebuilder’s Innovation Award Details or click on the Innovation Award announcement on the TCRA homepage at www.tcraonline.com.