October 2010 Section Meeting – Briggs & Stratton

Wauwatosa, WI

Wednesday October 20th, 2010

TOUR OF MUSEUM & TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS

Briggs & Stratton produces some of the world’s most reliable lawn mower engines and small engines. For over 100 years, we have manufactured engines that are durable, reliable and just easy to use and maintain.

 

In the beginning of 2004, Briggs & Stratton began a restructuring of its U.S. distribution network, resulting in a consolidation from 16 to 6 Central Sales and Service Distributors. To be successful in the evolving Lawn and Garden marketplace, the Company needed a compelling service advantage. The most efficient and effective distribution to valued dealers and retail customers is now the backbone of Briggs & Stratton’s service strategy.  

Wauwatosa, WI

Wednesday October 20th, 2010

TOUR OF MUSEUM & TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS

Briggs & Stratton produces some of the world’s most reliable lawn mower engines and small engines. For over 100 years, we have manufactured engines that are durable, reliable and just easy to use and maintain.

 

In the beginning of 2004, Briggs & Stratton began a restructuring of its U.S. distribution network, resulting in a consolidation from 16 to 6 Central Sales and Service Distributors. To be successful in the evolving Lawn and Garden marketplace, the Company needed a compelling service advantage. The most efficient and effective distribution to valued dealers and retail customers is now the backbone of Briggs & Stratton’s service strategy.  

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Give your arm a rest with Smooth Start™
, Briggs & Stratton’s easiest pulling engine designed for 20% easier starting. With its innovative rewind starter, improved fuel flow system and high voltage ignition coil, Smooth Start means quicker starting without the hassle of having to pull harder or faster.

 

The ReadyStart™ system helps eliminate the strain and the hassle of starting your lawn mower. Manual priming and choking are now a thing of the past. Simply pull the rope and mow. The ReadyStart™ system makes starting Briggs & Stratton power products easier and faster.

 

The DOV™ engine is a revolutionary product. It starts more easily, runs more smoothly, has more pleasing sound characteristics, and provides better cutting performance.

 

The patented valve train design provides direct actuation of the valves through a unique lever system. Compared to a traditional push rod engine, the DOV™ engine has fewer moving parts and fewer metal-to-metal contacts. Unlike an OHC engine, it has no drive belt or chain.

 

The TransportGuard™ system is a device on the single cylinder Vanguard engines that both shuts off the fuel to the carburetor and stops the engine at the same time. The Transport Guard was developed to prevent fuel from entering the engine cylinder when transporting the equipment.

 

The Electronic Fuel Management System (EFM) was designed to improve startability of the V-Twin InTek, Professional and Commercial series engines.


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At the meeting you will have a chance to tour the museum and view the history and engine evolution of Briggs & Stratton from 1900’s to present. Assembled consumer products will also be on display.

 

Presentations will be given on the development of the new OHV lawnmower engine models for 2011, the new single cylinder Vanguard engine models that have just gone into production, the new professional series V-Twin engines with Electronic Fuel Management and cyclonic air cleaners that have just gone into production and a brief presentation on the Engine Application Center. You will also learn about the Engine Applications Center and how it interfaces with their customers, with a brief summary of the equipment and testing done at Briggs & Stratton.

 

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Speakers:

Mike Plutte product manager for small engines, is the interface between the customers, sales, and engineering to ensure that the engines meet customer needs. Mike will describe profession series vertical shaft engine, used in lawn mowers and pressure washers. This engine provides state of the art for high performance and low cost.

 

Bob Pomeroy product manager for large engines, will present the new V-twin which replaces old side valve opposed twin engines. This engine exhibits new features based on customer needs to make it more durable.

 

Dan Roche is the marketing manager for consumer product engines, he provides the interface between engineering and the product manager. He will describe the horizontal shaft vanguard engines and transport guard system (demonstration given).

Registration:


Only pre-payments made with a charge card can be completed online via https://www.milwaukeesae.com. 
Retirees, students and members without web access may register by phone on the SAE Registration Coordinator – Jim Ryan (262) 636-1634. MAX ATTENDANCE for this event is 150.

 

Registration deadline: Monday October 18th, 12:00 p.m.

 

** For appreciated security reasons, please share your company’s name when registering **