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AERA to hold Don Gross Regional Conference


AERA is doing its part to make gaining knowledge and networking opportunities easier by holding a series of regional conferences instead of a larger, national one. Along with the outlined technical programs, AERA is inviting leading manufacturers of engine building/rebuilding tools, supplies, services, parts and machinery to attend this conference. These suppliers will have table-top displays that will be accessible all day long. Meeting these suppliers in a relaxed atmosphere is a great way to begin new relationships that may help you prosper.

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Technical Seminars

There will be 5 technical presentations given throughout the day. You will hear from industry leaders that will provide information on topics that can be used in the machine shop today. Listed below are the speakers and a brief description on what they will be talking about. There is a fee for the presentations and they are $10 per shop (1 person) + $10 for each additional attendee. This fee can be paid in advance by calling AERA or attendees can pay on-site.


Bill McKnight, MAHLE Clevite

"Bearing Distress" is not always bearing failure but is a major concern to

engine builders, especially those working on high-performing engines. Bill will work with all attendees to recognize different signs and symptoms of bearing distress.

Pim van den Bergh, S.B. International (SBI)

Pim van den Bergh, international sales manager for SBI, has an extensive background in engine reconditioning and use of the K-Line Guideliner process. His presentation will focus on the K-Line Guideliner process and its relation to the rest of the valve train components.



Gary Reed, Lock-N-Stitch

Everything you need to know about repairing cast iron and more! Gary will share his knowledge on cast iron welding, concepts of metal stitching, when to choose welding VS metal stitching, thread repair, discovering, understanding and solving the cause of the damage then give us examples of various types of repairs including: fusion welding, furnace brazing, powder welding, metal spraying, metal stitching and threaded bolt hole repairs.


Dave Hagen, AERA

PRO-SIS SA engine specification software is new and improved! Dave will walk you through all the new features during this session.

Don Weber, President of Engine Parts Group (EPG)

Don Weber, a native Angelino, has worked in the engine parts industry for 50 years. Don’s presentation will be about how to prevent premature camshaft failure of flat tappet engines by using an engine protection system of assembly lubes and additives. Everyone attending will be given a free sample of Engine Pro Extreme Engine Protector.


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