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Sunnen, MAHLE Clevite to Host Tech & Skills Conference Feb. 25 in Glendora, CA


AERA says engine builders can gain industry knowledge and network with other people with the traveling expense of going to a national trade show. AERA has teamed up with a regional host to offer opportunities in different regions of the country that is closer to a number of shops.

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Along with the outlined technical programs, AERA has invited 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 during the conference.

Schedule of Events:

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. EXHIBITOR SET-UP

7:30 – 8:45 a.m. VISIT EXHIBITORS


9:00 – 10:15 a.m. TECHNICAL SESSION #1 Presented by Bob Dolder, Sunnen

Bob Dolder’s presentation entitled, “An Inside Look At Honing Different Cylinder Coatings and Materials on Engine Blocks Today,” will cover a wide range of honing applications from NASCAR engines to street engines and everything in between. Other topics include — secrets for honing Nickasil, high nickel cast iron, compacted graphite blocks, the new aluminum Corvette block, Sulzer Metco coatings, bore geometry, surface finish, cross hatch angle, the pros and cons of diamond abrasives vs. conventional abrasives, water based vs. oil based coolants, hot honing and where it is used today. To conclude the presentation there will be an open discussion on honing of all appropriate parts of the internal combustion engine. Whether you are new to the business or an old pro, this honing presentation is really too good to miss!


10:15 – 10:30 a.m.    MORNING BREAK

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.    TECHNICAL SESSION #2 Presented by Steve Fox, AERA

“PRO-SIS SA Engine Specification Software” Steve Fox will introduce you to PRO-SIS SA engine specification software. This new and improved version of PRO-SIS will now allow you to search for engines, specs and bulletins more effectively and efficiently. A new “Special Search” section (Rod Housing Bore, Part, and Bore Size) is just one of many new features which will be demonstrated in this session.

11:45 am – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH & VISIT EXHIBITORS (Meal provided on-site by the host)

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. TECHNICAL SESSION #3 Presented by Bill McKnight, MAHLE Clevite “Race Engine Bearings – Selection & Technology”


We’ll look at bearing film thickness and how clearances influence it. We learn about crush, parting line relief and eccentricity. Coatings, overlay materials and bearing prep will also be discussed. Finally, we’ll talk about installation and how to identify different factors that can cause bearing distress. The attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and may bring used bearings to the presentation for analysis.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  AFTERNOON BREAK

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.  TECHNICAL SESSION #4 Presented by Dave Capitolo, De Anza Community College

“Engine Analytics” Aftermarket scanners are valuable tools, but understanding the data is critical. Dave Capitolo from De Anza Community College helps explain what scanners can tell you and how not to make the mistake of heading down the wrong path of repair. Ford misfire diagnostics and GM distributor problems will be discussed. Also, he will cover running compression tests using a pressure transducer and lab scope, and the value they have.



To register for the conference, call AERA at 888-329-2372 or visit

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