HB Performance Systems
Wednesday January 20, 2010
Keynotes: History, Product Design Processes, New Technology, and Test Lab Tour
About Hayes Brakes
HB Performance Systems Inc will kick off 2010 by hosting the Milwaukee SAE Section Meeting on January 20th. HB was formerly known as HAYES BRAKES. Since a management buy out in 2005, much has changed at this business now aptly named HB Performance System Inc. Come and join us for the evening which will include a presentation on some of their latest products, a tour of their product test and validation laboratory, and their LEAN Manufacturing cells. HB is known for their disc brakes which are applied on vehicles ranging from High-End Mountain Bicycles to Military Trucks in use today in the Far East. HB is also known locally for their long standing relationship as a brake system, clutch, and accessory supplier to Harley-Davidson. HB specializes in providing Filled and Bled systems that are ready to install on many vehicles including: motor cycles, snowmobiles, and ATVs. While Power Sports is their core and their passion, The HAYES Bicycle Group is key element of the new business strategy. This group represents Manitou Suspension, Answer handle bars, Sun Ringle wheel systems, and Wheel Smith spokes. For more information about HB Performance Systems see their websites at www.hbpsi.com and www.hayesbicycle.com
Adam Fink – History
As an Account Manager, Adam is responsible for a variety of our accounts that make product for the Powersports Industry. He manages Polaris, Arctic Cat, Bombardier Recreational Products, and Kymco along with a variety of other small accounts. His key responsibilities include serving as the voice of the customer, insuring all quality metrics are at acceptable levels, developing sales forecasts for each customer, overseeing the commercial aspects for any new product development programs, managing pricing and margins, and prospecting new customers or new opportunities within the existing customer base.
Adam started with HB part-time as an Engineering Intern while finishing up his studies and then was hired on full-time as a Design Engineer. After only a short time, he was asked to take on an exciting role as the resident engineer for HB at Harley-Davison’s Product Development Center. There he worked directly with H-D engineering along with a multitude of other groups to support both current production and help launch a new brake system in June of 2007.
Adam has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Ryan Janscha – Product Design Process & New Technology
As a Lead Systems Engineer at HB, Ryan is responsible for vehicle level brake system dynamics, analysis, and NEW product design utilizing PRO-E and other analytical tools. Ryan’s product scope includes complete filled and bled brake systems, brake master cylinders, calipers, proportioning valves, hydraulic and mechanical clutch activation, as well as internal components primarily for our Motorcycle customers.
Prior to joining the HB team, Ryan served as Senior Design Engineer with Milsco Manufacturing Inc., focused on integrated suspension / seat assemblies and international manufacturing development.
Ryan has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UW Madison. He returned more recently to complete Mandarin Chinese language study.
Wes Pederson – Test Lab Tour
As a Test Engineer at HB, Wes is responsible for product performance and validation of current and new Power Sports product families. This includes planning and assembly of prototype samples and components. He also provides technical support to our manufacturing and quality departments for any issues that would arise, that required off-line evaluation. Tasks and skills associated with this role include writing and utilization of data acquisition software, expertise with various electronic sensors and gages, fixture design, performance specifications, and continuously improving methods and practices.
Prior to HB, he held engineering roles at STRATTEC Security Corp. working on a variety of engineering teams ranging from developing inspection instruction for zinc die cast parts to new product development. Key activities included product testing, rapid prototyping, test fixture design, as well as variety of manufacturing processes.
Wes has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University.
Registration: Only pre-payments made with a charge card can be completed online via http://milwaukee.sae.org
Retirees, students and members without web access may register by phone on the SAE Registration Coordinator – Jim Ryan (262) 636-1634. Note registration number!
Registration deadline: Monday, January 18, 12:00 p.m.
Directions to HB Performance
HB Performance Systems
5800 W Donges Bay Road
Mequon, WI 53092
West on Mequon Rd/Hwy 57/Hwy 167 about 4 miles to a large intersection. Sign indicates that Hwy 57 turns south. Turn left (south) at this intersection onto Hwy 57/Cedarburg Rd. Go about 1 mile to Donges Bay Rd. Turn right (west) on Donges Bay Road. Go a few blocks. Cross railroad tracks. Next right turn driveway leads to the shipping/receiving area. Second right turn driveway leads to the Bicycle Group and main lobby entrance. The main lobby entrance is near the back of the building near the flag pole. Look for a 2-story glass enclosure with a pyramid on the top.
East on Mequon Rd/Hwy 167/Hwy 181. Large intersection with sign indicating Hwy 181 turns south. Turn right (south) on Hwy 181/Wauwatosa Road. Go about 1 mile to Donges Bay Rd. Turn left (east) on Donges Bay Rd. Go about 1 mile. HB Performance Systems is on your left. First left turn leads to Bicycle Group and main lobby entrance The main lobby entrance is near the back of the building near the flag pole. Look for a 2-story glass enclosure with a pyramid on the top. Second left turn leads to the shipping/receiving area.