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New Product Announcement: M105R Starter Motor

filenameWe are pleased to announce the launch of a new model of the M105R starter motor. The M105602 is designed to fit International DT466, 530,570, Maxxforce DT9/10 engines. Cummins ISC and ISL, as well as, Caterpillar 3208 power plants. See the attached flyer for more details.

Joseph Lefave New Prestolite President and CEO - 8 June 2009

Org Chart ImageWe are pleased to announce that Joseph Lefave has joined Prestolite Electric as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Joe has an impressive track record acquired over 20 years in operations and general management positions worldwide. Prior to joining the team at Prestolite, Joe was President and CEO of Precision Parts International, a leading supplier of fineblanked and conventionally stamped components for automotive and industrial applications.

Joe has also held leadership positions with Magna, Volkswagen, and GM. You can read more about this by downloading the official announcement below.

Showing private branded product details on our product detail webpages

No Sale ImageAs a supplier to a wide variety of OEM's (Original Equipment Manufacturers), it is not unusual for us to provide products to them under their private brand or using a private label. Typically under such an agreement any aftermarket sales would go through the service (OES) channel for that particular OEM.

OK, in plain English, let's say that you have a heavy duty tractor that needs a new alternator. You get the number off the unit, do a quick Google search and find that we are the original manufacturer. You contact one of our distributors, only to have us tell them that we can't sell them the part, and that you'll need to contact a dealership or service center that is an authorized representative for that original OEM in order to get a replacement.

This has been more than a little frustrating to consumers and distributors alike. Not so much because they need to go through the OES channel, but that we didn't show that initially. There's nothing worse than someone showing you a product on a website and then telling you that you can't have it.

So here's what we're going to do to fix that.

The first problem here is that we haven't been showing the private brand detail on our specification pages for those products on our website. To address this we are now flagging those items that are labeled 'Private Brand' within our systems, and showing that information on the detail sheet on the website:

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So, now you may be wondering, if it's a private branded unit why do we have to contact you, why can't you just tell us where to get it? The first thing to realize is that we have varying degrees of private branding. Two quick examples:

  • A customer wants us to place their product number on the label of a product that we already manufacture, to make it easier for them to utilize the product through their systems. There are no contractual agreements, it's just a special label that has their part number on it.
  • Another customer wants us to make something completely unique for them, and agrees to invest in tooling so that we can manufacture that product. Our engineers work with their engineers to create a unique product, that we agree to sell only to them. This company has a substantial investment in getting this product to market, and wants to make sure that they are the only ones that will have access to it.

The way we track these two different scenarios within our systems makes it difficult to give a generic answer that will always be correct for all cases. We have added additional functionality to those systems to address this, and we are working to show that information to you on the website.

Soon we will be able to show which customer the product was originally private labeled for, and in those cases where there are generic aftermarket products available for the private labeled product we will show them and create links to their information.

Prestolite Distributor Listing Now Integrated With Google Maps

Google Maps LogoFirst, let me say something that isn't said nearly often enough. Prestolite Electric has the best, most qualified, most knowledgeable and highly trained aftermarket distribution channel of any company in business today. Period. These are the folks on the front lines (you know who you are), the ones that have been crawling in, under and around the heavy trucks and equipment where you'll find our products. These are the guys and girls that keep the entire world moving, because just about everything you see around you on every single day was, in whole or in part, delivered or handled by one or more of these pieces of equipment. And I just want to say 'Thank you' to everyone out there that works so hard to keep these vehicles up and running.

One of the things we've struggled with over the years is a way to let consumers know where it is they can find this expertise. To address this we've been working hard to update and centralize the information about our distributors, and have now integrated that information with Google Maps on our main website.


No-Idle system - Prestolite Signs Licensing Agreement with Balmar for regulator

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(Update - originally posted 3/07)
Ballard Commercial Industries, Inc. (Balmar) and Prestolite Electric Incorporated have today announced that they have entered into a licensing agreement which allows Prestolite to produce and sell regulators using Balmar’s specialized no-idle system regulator technology for heavy duty truck applications. The agreement becomes effective April 1st, 2007. This regulator technology allows for a customized battery charging profile to be used in deep cycle applications, instead of conventional regulation methods.

Titan 125 Video Available

Titan 125 videoWe have created a 5 minute video introducing the Titan range of gear reduced starter motors.

You can view the movie by clicking on the start arrow below the movie, or you can download the movie by right-clicking on the links at the bottom of the page and selecting [Save Target As...] or [Save Link As...] from the pop-up menu. The movie is available in formats that will play in either Windows Media Player or Apple QuickTime Player.

Leece-Neville Announces New Parts List Format

new_parts_list_format.jpgLeece-Neville is proud to announce the release of a new, improved format for our Service Parts Lists (US and North America only). This new format has been designed to reduce the time of repair, simplify inventory requirements and ensure that you always receive genuine components with our latest design improvements in place.

Leece-Neville Announces New Titan brand gear reduced starter motors

PG1007_Titan125.jpgLeece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems Division of Prestolite Electric announced today the release of the Titan™ Series of heavy duty, in-line gear reduced starter motors. "Our complete line of 12 volt gear reduced starter motors will be marketed under the Titan™ brand in North America", says Eric Bippus, Vice President of Worldwide Aftermarket Sales. "The Titan™ series reflects our global commitment to advanced engineering in our core business, producing the highest quality rotating electrical components specifically designed for the heavy duty marketplace."


The initial release of the Titan™ series will include models in the 101, 105 and 125 mm frame size. The three sizes will provide coverage for the most popular heavy duty diesel engines in 12 volt applications ranging from 6 to 16 liter. The flagship of the new line, the Titan™125, is a 125mm starter that was engineered from the ground up for the largest of these engines.


"We recognized in 2005 that there was a need for an in-line, gear reduced starter that would be capable of cranking future big bore diesel engines. We understood, through our relationships with all of the major diesel engine manufacturers, that the EPA mandates of 2007 and 2010 would be placing additional demands on the starting / charging environments in all heavy diesels, and especially in the 15-16 liter range," says Bippus. "We set out to create a 'best of breed' starter that would encompass the most advanced features currently available, and have the power to crank these new diesel engines in the most demanding environments. The Titan™125 has been in fleet tests from Alaska to Australia since early in 2006 with outstanding results, we know that we’ve got a product that is head and shoulders above anything else that is currently available."


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Leece-Neville Announces New MultiPower Load Sharing Alternators

PG1011_Multi-Power.jpgLeece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems Division of Prestolite Electric announced today the release of a new 270 amp alternator featuring a patent-pending regulator design that allows for up to 4 alternators to be installed on a single application. "Leece-Neville has built a reputation as the premier high amperage alternator manufacturer", says Eric Bippus, Vice President of Worldwide Aftermarket Sales "and this new design is a perfect addition to that high amperage lineup. The unique regulator design on this model allows it to share the dynamic load of the vehicle in a perfect balance between up to 4 alternators, for a staggering 1,040 total system amps. What's more, the only thing required to create this load sharing capability is the installation of a single transmit / receive wire between the alternators."


In most applications where more than one alternator is installed on a vehicle the total load of the vehicle is not effectively shared between the units. This creates a situation where one of the alternators is supplying its maximum output and the other one is supplying little or none, leading to premature failure of the working alternator. The patent-pending design of the MultiPower™ alternators allows for the alternators to constantly monitor total system demand and the output of the other installed alternators, and to dynamically adjust their own output to exactly match the output of all other alternators in that system.


To find out more about this story click here or view the documents below.