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Leece-Neville Announces New 185 Amp 12 Volt Brushless Alternator

FL1096_185A_Brushless.jpgLeece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems Division of Prestolite Electric announced today the release of a new 185 amp 12 volt model brushless alternator. "We are expanding the line of our brushless alternators to take on the needs of today’s heavy duty environments," says Scott Miller, Director of Aftermarket Sales. "New diesel engines are running hotter than ever before. In addition, there are continued increases in the demand for electrical power in just about every application we are seeing. The 185 amp brushless alternator is targeted for the high amperage, high temperature application where long life and dependable service is paramount. This unit will initially be launched approved for applications up to 110°C, but additional improvements during 2007 will allow us to offer units with a rating of 125°C later this year."


The new 185 amp models will leverage the proven solid lead frame technology and high temperature features that have been incorporated into other brushless models since 2002. High temperature avalanche diodes are welded to a solid lead frame in the rectifier instead of being soldered, greatly improving resistance to high temperatures and vibration. High temperature stator wire, high temperature bearings and progressive design improvements to the regulator further enhance the alternators resistance to high temperatures.


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Leece-Neville Announces Upgrade of 4000 Series Alternators

FL1094_4000.jpgLeece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems Division of Prestolite Electric announced today the re-design of its popular high amperage 4000 series alternators. "We have been the one of the industry leaders in discussing the effects that the new EPA compliant engines have had on operating temperatures under the hood." says Scott Miller, Director of Aftermarket Sales. "We started upgrading our products to live in these high temperatures before the first round of those new engines hit the road in the fall of 2002. Our high amp, 4000 series alternators are already rated for 110°C applications, but we know that 2007 and 2010 engines are going to be even hotter. We can’t afford to rest there, we know that we have to get these alternators ready to survive in applications up to 125°C."


The design changes include the implementation of a solid lead frame design for both internal and external rectifiers that are used in the 200, 270 and 320 amp versions of the 4000 series alternators. The design of these lead frames greatly reduces the number of wiring connection points within the alternator. These connection points will now become permanently welded or will be part of the mechanical assembly of the alternator. This design greatly increases the alternators resistance to high temperatures and vibration.


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Leece-Neville Announces Upgrade of 8SC/SCJ Alternator Series

FL1095_8SC-SCJ.jpgLeece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems Division of Prestolite Electric announced today the re-design of its 8SC/SCJ series of alternators, primarily used in the agricultural and off-highway marketplace.


The improvements are centered on the solid lead frame technology that is currently in place on the brushless alternator platform, and in the process of being implemented on the high amperage 4000 series of alternators. The design incorporates a single, solid lead frame that spans the rectifier assembly, and provides for welded connections to the diodes. Additional improvements include high temperature avalanche diodes, high temperature bearings and the use of high temperature wire in the stator windings.


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Leece-Neville Announces New Logo Color

leece-neville blue logoIn a continuing effort to provide a standard global image for the Prestolite corporation, it was announced today that the traditional black and red colors in the Leece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems division logo will be replaced by the standard Prestolite blue used in all Prestolite related branding. "It is imperative that we provide a globally recognized brand for the entire Prestolite family of products", says Eric Bippus, Vice President of Worldwide Aftermarket Sales. "It makes sense for us to move toward the Prestolite blue, as this is the color with wider recognition worldwide. Even in the states, where Leece-Neville has always been black and red, we made a conscious decision back in 2002 to change all supporting literature, catalogs and the corporate website to a predominantly blue theme. This is just another step in that transition process".

Changes To The Core Return Policy - US & Canada

FL-1088 Core Return PolicyImportant Announcement for our US and Canadian Distributors

Our product core RMA (Return Material Authorization) policy has changed! As of October 6, 2006 you will need to adhere to the following process for returning cores for credit:

Prestolite Announces Tom Hogan as New President, Leece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems

Effective March 13, 2006, Thomas M. Hogan has been appointed to the position of President, Leece Neville Heavy Duty Systems.

Previously Tom had been President of Al Ko Kober, a manufacturer of specialty axles, and prior to that he was President at Motion Control Industries, a manufacturer of brake components. Both of these companies supply our current heavy duty customers, and as a result, Tom brings a wealth of market knowledge and contacts to us from within our own customer base.

Tom has also held positions in manufacturing and plant management at Motion Control and Renaissance Mfg., where he led multiple successful quality improvement and lean production projects throughout his career. We certainly look forward to his leadership in these areas.

Tom holds a B.S. in Engineering from The United States Military Academy at West Point. Tom and his wife Susan are planning to relocate to the Western New York area from their home in Indiana.

Welcome to the Prestolite Electric family, Tom!