Organizers for the 2010 International Big R Show in Last Vegas have mapped out this year's list of diesel engine seminars.
The event, to be held at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, is sponsored by the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) and Engine Builder magazine.

"Today's engine builders continue to look for ways to expand and improve their businesses," said Dave Wooldridge, publisher of Engine Builder magazine. "The technical seminars we are hosting at the APRA Big R Show will benefit both experienced diesel engine builders as well as those looking to expand into various opportunities that exist within this market segment."

The Big R Show will provide a venue where engine remanufacturers and their parts and equipment suppliers can explore engine opportunities in the aftermarket.

To help promote the sales, educational and networking opportunities offered through the Diesel Engine Program and Exhibit Section of this year's show, Engine Builder magazine has invited all engine builders to attend the event at no charge.

The schedule of engine seminars, running from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, will include:

* "Rebuilding and Machining Cat Diesels to Compete with OEM Dealers" and "Diesel Engines: Common Failures and Repair Strategies," presented by David Bianchi, vice president of sales and marketing at B&G Machine, Seattle.

* "Extending Rebuilt Diesel Engine Life Through Proper Cooling System Maintenance and Analysis," presented by Mike Goodhart, Penray. Goodhart has been with Nalco/Penray for 36 years, gaining expertise with cooling system and fuel-related issues within trucking, rail, marine, mining as well as stationary power. He is currently a member of the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

* "The Future of Diesel Motorsports Panel Discussion/Roundtable," moderated by Ron Knoch, National Association of Diesel Motorsports (NADM), Kansas City, Mo.

* "Detecting and Preventing Early Engine Failure Through Proper Oil and Filter Analysis," presented by Danny Sparling, senior partner and mechanical/reliability engineer at the Oil Analysis Lab, Reliability Group in Belle Fourche, S.D. Sparling has built and raced high performance engines since high school and is an experienced road racer and SCCA autocross racer. He worked in the oil industry offshore in Louisiana for several years with Schlumberger as a cased hole wireline engineer. He started working in reliability with Michelin Tire in 1999, and has been in the mining industry ever since.

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