Tag Archives: cost reduction

Do Car Companies Really Care About Me?

The above title is a question that customers ask themselves all the time, “Do car companies really care about me?”  The simple answer is Yes!  But a better question is – Do they hear you, known as the “customer’s voice?”  Let’s first look at several ways that customers talk to manufacturers in “Manufacturer Talk” so-to-speak… Continue reading

That Amazing Planetary Gear Set!

How many people really understand a Planetary Gear set, how it works, it’s use, and versatility in the market place?  The planetary gear set is one of the most amazing inventions used in our industrial society!  It’s use is all around us and we don’t even realize it.  Without it, we wouldn’t have all the luxuries and manufacturing processes that we have today…

Well, what is the darn thing?

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Powdered Metal Use In Automatic Transmissions

OK Transmission Techies, remember the old days when you disassembled a clutch pack or planetary gear set and sliced up your hands on a clutch pack housing, disc, or planetary carrier assembly?  Many of these components were stamped, cast or machined steel and commonly lacked the deburing and finishing processes needed in order to reduce process costs.  Well those days are diminishing…  Why? Continue reading

Is It Leather?

How many times have you got into a vehicle and looked at the shift boot and said to yourself “is it leather?”  There have been many design and process changes from real sewn leather, to Rubber.  This article will explain why many manufacturers are going to rubber Shift Boots as well as many other components.

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