Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Wiseco Continues to Invest in its Business

Wiseco annually invests many thousands of dollars in technology and maintanence. Even with the downturn of the economy, Wiseco is continuning its investment into new technology. So far for 2009, we have received a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM). This machine will take the place of calipers during the inspection process. Calipers are an outdated technology that does not permit the level of quality our customer's demand and expectation in today's environment.

The CMM machine will eliminate the cost of outsourcing proper quality inspection and the delays associated with outsourcing the process. This will allow Wiseco to become a "Qualified Supplier" to our customers. This will improve delivery and reduce lead times for new applications or re-made tooling and help expedite tooling required for forgings in 2009. In addition, the CMM machine will enhance the robustness of the process to ensure we are sending quality parts to the next operation. This is critical to our replenishment system, inventory reduction, and Continuous Improvement initiatives. Many other investments are planned for Wiseco in 2009, including the continued investment of our manufacturing facility.

Wiseco invested $900,000 in its manufacturing facility for 2008. In order to better serve our powersports customers and to improve delivery to our customers, Wiseco invested in new CNC milling centers and CNC turning machines. Our capability in 4-stroke custom powersports manufacturing cells have improved to reduce lead time to our customers. In addition to many other smaller pieces of equipment to complement the new CNC machines, these investments will improve the quality of Wiseco's finished products, permit more efficient operation, and improve customer delivery time.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wiseco is #1 for Tech

So, you've already ordered all your parts for your engine rebuild. You've torn the engine apart so now it's laying all over the garage floor. You start putting in the new parts and you suddenly have a question on piston clearance. Luckily, you bought Wiseco pistons from your dealer.

Wiseco strives to provide the best customer service in the industry. Whether we sell you a powesports, marine, or automotive piston, we want to give you the best service. Our technical sales team has experience on many levels and comes from diverse backgrounds. Most of them have experience racing dirt bikes, ATVs, or cars. Others are have been mechanics at multi-line dealerships. Still others have worked their way up from the Wiseco production lines, actually making the products. Wiseco is dedicated to its customers.

We also just rolled out a new website! If you haven't seen it, check it out at Wiseco.com. We have made our website a resource for you! You can check out our latest project bike, get info on our full line of products, and so much more. We have a new Customer Service page. This page has installation and technical information. You can find engine calculators to prepare for your next rebuild and installation manuals. We hope to expand on our technical information during the coming year. We would like to hear your thoughts on our new website, as well as our customer service. And, as always, if we can provide you with any technical assistance, please give us a call.

Mid Ohio Sports Car Course-- Come See Wiseco!

Wiseco is a sponsor of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. We sponsor all events, with our main sponsorship at the Honda Supercycle Weekend July 17-19, 2009. Here, you get to see all the greats in AMA Pro Racing. During the weekend, the 1000cc bikes are featured in 2 Wiseco 100 races. Check out www.midohio.com for more details on directions, to buy tickets, or to check out their other events for 2009.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Finally! The last clutch you’ll ever buy! The latest in Wiseco forged innovation now has a lifetime guarantee against breakage and notching! Our lifetime guarantee is for our forged clutch baskets, inner hubs, and pressure plates for purchases starting in 2009. The only stipulations? Proof of purchase and offer is valid to original purchaser only. It’s that easy!

Wiseco Forged Clutch Baskets, Inner Hubs, and Pressure Plates
• Wiseco precision forged clutch components have greater strength due to “feature aligned grain flow.” Compared to castings or products machined from billet, Wiseco forged clutch components can be lighter and still have increased mechanical properties resulting in higher strength, ductility, and resistance to impact and fatigue.
• Specifically designed to capitalize on detailed features that can only be produced by the precision forging process.
• Hard anodized and Teflon coated for a long life of smooth clutch operation through the elimination of wear on contact surfaces.
• Rotational mass is minimized for reduced assembly weight and maximum engine acceleration.
• Forged from lightweight, high-strength, certified, aerospace grade, aluminum alloy.
• Wiseco’s CNC machining process produces each clutch component dimensionally the same as the next.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Racing Continues for Kids!

Finally! We can all race kids ATV's and motorcycles! Though it's only a one year stay, it's a breakthrough for the industry.

Chairman Nord's statement follows.

April 3, 2009

In considering exclusions, consumer safety must direct the outcome of our deliberations. Therefore, it is with extreme reluctance that I am voting today to deny the petition, filed by companies and associations representing the ATV and motorized bike industries, for an exclusion from the lead content limits found in Section 101 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvements Act (CPSIA). I do this because the clear language of the law requires this result, not because it advances consumer safety. To the contrary, application of the lead content mandates of the CPSIA to the products made by the petitioners may have the perverse effect of actually endangering children by forcing youth-sized vehicles off the market and resulting in children riding the far more dangerous adult-sized ATV's.

For this reason, in my capacity as chairman, I am directing compliance staff to stay enforcement of Section 101 and related provisions of the CPSIA to this category of products for twelve months and hope my colleague, Commissioner Moore, will join me in making this a unanimous decision by the Commission. During this time-out, it is my hope that Congress will consider how the law needs to be fine-tuned to address this serious child safety dilemma. This enforcement hiatus will also give industry the opportunity to examine what reasonable changes can be made in their products to bring them closer to the requirements Congress set out in the CPSIA. Staff will meet with industry to do more testing to determine how their products can meet the 300 ppm threshold Congress set and determine what is possible. I will expect periodic status reports on progress to this plan.

It is clear that the law does not give the Commission the flexibility to grant an exclusion for petitioners' products. Congress wrote Section 101(b) in such a way as to leave little discretionary power with the agency to grant common sense exclusions. This lack of flexibility was brought to the attention of Congressional staff working on the legislation during the conference process and it was confirmed this is what was intended. As our career staff has discussed on many occasions and as we now have been formally advised by staff, we do not have the statutory authority to grant the exclusion requested in this case.

Even though the career staff of the agency has concluded that we cannot grant the exclusion, they have NOT concluded that petitioners products present a health risk to children because of exposure to lead. To the contrary, staff states "a bigger safety concern than lead exposure is that the elimination of youth ATV sales will most likely increase the number of adult ATV's purchased to be used by younger children; therefore increasing their risk of injury and death."

The issues presented to us in the petition are much more complex than just ordering petitioners to "get the lead out" of their products by a certain date. Petitioners have presented persuasive evidence that lead serves a purpose in the structural integrity of the metals used in the products and that suitable substitutes are not available. They point out the impracticality of using virgin materials for these products, including issues dealing with the recycling of metals. They point out that the approach in the CPSIA is contrary to the approach taken in the rest of the world, e.g. the European Union which has looked at these issues rather extensively and made allowances. These are all issues that the Commission should have the authority to consider but under the rigid language of the CPSIA, we cannot.

The effect of denying the petition is to make Section 101(e) of the CPSIA, which limits the Commission's authority to stay enforcement during rulemaking, no longer applicable. Therefore, during the pendency of a stay of enforcement, ATV's and motorized bikes appropriately sized for children twelve and younger can again be available and the Commission will not seek penalties for violation of Section 101 and related provisions of the CPSIA against those who sell them. I hope that the state attorneys general will follow the lead of the agency on this matter.

All stakeholders-industry, users, Congress, and the Commission-need to come together to fix the statutory problems that have become so apparent, in a common sense approach that does not unnecessarily burden those regulated, yet provides safety for American families

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wiseco Sponsored Events

Wiseco sponsors a whole bunch of races and series throughout the year. AMA Arenacross, AMA Supercross, AMA Motocross, and AMA Dragbike are just a few we sponsor on the pro level. You'll also see us on the local level. We sponsor the Action Sports Arenacross Championships, the Fantasy Moto group's races, the Arkansas State Series, the Washington State and Gold Star series, OMA Nationals, WNYOA, and Bike Days in Massillon, Ohio. These are just a few local events we sponsor each year. We've sponsored our first event in Hawaii this year- the North Shore Motorcycle Racing Club's family day on April 26. Who wouldn't want to ride in Hawaii?