Semper Fi Fund – We Make It Better

The Semper Fi Fund

Power Test is a company committed to the well-being of its employees, its community, and its country. In our 40 year history we have exemplified this commitment through initiatives, both large and small, to support our armed services. We have a close working relationship with the military with our dynamometers and heavy equipment testing systems found in installations around the country and globe. We’ve made it an effort to hire United States Military Veterans, with a firm belief that their experience makes Power Test a better company and that their service affords them abundant employment opportunities.  Power Test has been a beneficiary of their service and, in accordance with our core values, has been determined to give back.

On Friday, September 30th, 2016 Power Test presented a $50,000 donation to the Semper Fi Fund. This organization, dedicated to supporting the critically ill and injured members of all branches of the US Armed Forces, provides the resources needed to aid in the recovery and transition of injured veterans back into their communities. Power Test, and communities throughout the State of Wisconsin, have been direct beneficiaries of these veterans service and will benefit well into the future as these veterans continue to make a positive impact on our society.

Semper Fi Fund Tour of Power Test

Employees attended a brief presentation at the Power Test entrance to support the Semper Fi Fund and drive recognition and good will to the work that they are doing. On hand to accept the donation was BJ Ganem, a retired U.S. Marine injured in 2004 in Iraq. After his injury, Semper Fi Fund services supported him and his family as he reestablished himself in Madison, WI.  In 2013 BJ joined the Semper Fi Fund to create the Veteran 2 Veteran Program to help service members understand and gain access to various programs to enrich their lives.

We hope that you will join us in our small gesture to support the Semper Fi Fund and their ongoing work with our Nation’s heroes.

We Make It Better – August 2016

Zachariah’s Acres Annual Golf Outing

Power Test has always held a belief that our charitable efforts are as, if not more, important than the work we do building dynamometers. Our success as an industry leader gives us the unique opportunity to be generous with our time and resources to make a positive impact on our community and the causes we hold dear. Year round we support missions that have personally touched the lives of our employees. This month there was one organization that particularly touched Power Test and we supported them at their annual Golf Outing with employee support and a charitable donation.

Zachariah's Acres Golf OutingZachariah’s Acres is a place, located in Oconomowoc, WI, where kids with special needs can enjoy nature and experience the great outdoors. With free events available to children and their families, Zachariah’s Acres uses their 48 acres of serene landscape to open the world of agriculture and nature-based learning to kids with disabilities.  At their Annual Golf Outing, Dinner and Auction on August 5th, organizers, volunteers, and wonderfully generous community members played 18 Holes at La Belle Golf Club to raise money and awareness for their cause.

Twelve Power Test employees represented the company by donating their time, money, and support for the organization.  And though the golf was enjoyable, the real highlight of the day was hearing the testimonies from the children and families that Zachariah’s Acres serves.

Funds raised during the event will be used to further the vision set forth in 2012, when Zach’s Acres first began, as a place where families can enjoy enriching experiences and new adventures to enhance their daily lives.  If you feel that you can make a contribution in support of this organization, we encourage you to visit their website and learn more about the Zachariah’s Acre’s mission.

Other Golf Outings

August appeared to be the month of golf as Power Test participated in a number of other golf outings in an effort to Make It Better.  Early in the month, employees attended the Sussex Chamber of Commerce Outing and the Young Professionals Glow in the Dark Outing.  Looking forward to September their are two more golf outings supporting the Holy Family Church and the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. The channel has been golf, but the time, effort, and money Power Test employees put into these causes has made an impact in their organizations and in our workplace.

If there is a cause or organization you think is worthy of our attention, let us know! We happily explore any way that we can achieve our mission of Making It Better.

Where You Can Find Us – September 2016

Land Forces 2016

Power Test will have an active present at the upcoming Land Forces Exposition in Adelaide, Australia, September 6th-8th.  Rick Ballo, our International Accounts Manager will be accompanied by regional sales rep Paul Shackleton to address global military’s use of heavy equipment dynamometers and testing systems. An often overlooked aspect of most military installations is the vast amount of resources that go into making sure this high-cost equipment is functioning at its optimal level year round. In this industry especially, any potential issue with a component could prove disastrous in real world situations.

That’s why Power Test has dedicated such an immense amount of development towards its test systems with military applications.  With the ability to test humvees, tanks, personnel carriers, trucks, and any other unique engine or transmission application, Power Test was the wide range of products that can meet the military’s variable needs. Of particular interest, is the Fully Containerized Transportable (FCT) system. This system comes ready for use in its own shipping container that doubles as your testing facility.  This allows you to test equipment in even the most remote locations. More conventionally, Power Test has diverse lines of chassis and diesel dynos, transmission test stands, powerful data acquisition software, and a custom engineered solutions team ready to meet your challenges.

For all of our military customers that will be present at Land Forces, let us know!  We’ve set aside time throughout the show to catch up and to work with you on specific challenges you might be facing.

Land Forces Appointments

Let us know when and where we can meet you during Land Forces 2016, September 6th-8th.


International Visit Locations:

Power Test is a global company, and that means more than just exporting our world class dynamometers. Whether on our website, through trade shows and conferences, or with personal visits, we make an effort to engage with industries and organizations around the world to make their testing easy.  Take a look at where we’ll be this month and let us know when we can come visit you.

Adelaide, Australia
September 1st – September 15th
Rick Ballo

Lima, Peru
September 10th-18th & September 22nd-25th
David Lanser

Arequipa, Peru
September 19th – September 21st
David Lanser

We Make It Better – July 2016

We Make It Better

At Power Test, We Make It Better.  It’s more than just a motto, it’s our purpose.  It’s the way we tackle every single day and for over 40 years, it has served us well.  We hope that our industry leading dynamometers, data acquisition software, and service department has demonstrated how they make it better every single day.  But we want to show you how we make it better here at home, for our employees and for our community.

For Our Employees

Summer Cookout

Summer CookoutDuring the summer, Power Test likes to thank its employees by hosting monthly cookouts on the Break Pad, our beautiful new patio on the west side of our offices.  Each month, a different department takes responsibility to plan, purchase, and cook a meal for each of the 80 Power Test employees.  It gives everyone a chance to relax and enjoy some food, music, and conversation with different coworkers who don’t often get the chance to socialize with one another.

Daily Workouts

Across the board, employees at Power Test are committed to maintaining healthy lifestyles. One of the most obvious ways this is demonstrated is through our daily personal training sessions held after the work day.  During July, 33 employees participated in over 200 workouts to actively lead healthier lives.

Power Fest 2016

Power Test celebration2016 represents Power Test’s 40th anniversary, and we took the opportunity to celebrate! On July 8th, we hosted Power Fest to bring together customers, employees, friends and family to show off 4 decades of Making It Better. The day was a fantastic success. The morning agenda was filled with industry seminars, dynamometer demonstrations, and tours of the office and shop.  While the afternoon transitioned to a delicious cookout, car show, golf outing, motorcycle ride, and games on the Break Pad.  In the evening a number of employees and customers took in the Brewer game and closed the night with a walk-off win and fireworks.

Overall, it was a wonderful representation of what Power Test has accomplished over the years and sets a benchmark for the future.

For Our Community

Volunteer Service and Charity Time Off

Volunteer Power TestPower Test employees lead active lives in the community all the time, but Power Test makes it easy to contribute even during the work day.  Through our Charity Time Off, Power Test employees are given a paid day “off” to volunteer in their community.  This program was created with the intention of enriching lives, fostering collaboration, team building and cultivating Power Test’s positive purpose of Making It Better.

This month employees took time to volunteer with Sussex Outreach Services, Zachariah’s Acres, The Hunger Task Force, and a number of other personal causes in the community.



Where You Can Find Us – August

Power Test Dyno August Plans
As summer marches on, so too does your Power Test sales rep as they work to Make It Better for our customers both domestically and abroad.  In the past month, we’ve seen our team members visit and consult around the globe with customers in Mexico, South Africa, France, South Korea, Canada and many locations across the U.S. to gain a better understanding of your testing needs.  Their on-site visits give them the perspective and knowledge to address your challenges and opportunities with thoughtful solutions that can drastically change your business.

We love our little corner of the globe in Sussex, WI, but it’s our willingness to visit yours that sets our offering apart.  Take a look at where we plan to be in the coming month, and let us know if we’re in your neighborhood.

International Visit Locations:

NC, GA, KY, & TN
August 1st – August 5th
Dan Jens

Vancouver, BC
August 16th
Rob Kazmier

Indonesia  |  South Korea
August 20th- August 24th
Rick Ballo

Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico
August 22nd – August 26th
David Lanser

Vancouver, BC | Edmonton, Calgary, AB
August 22nd – August 26th
Wayne Mohler

If we missed you in July and you don’t see your region on the list for August, just let us know! We schedule are trips based on where our customers need us and we’re more than happy to come visit you.

We Make It Better – June 2016

Powertest Plan June 2016
Power Test is committed to making it better for our customers, for our employees, and for our community.  Our day to day efforts of building exceptional products and providing unsurpassed support fulfill that mission for our customers, but its the work we do outside of the office that make it better for every one else. Connect with us on our social media channels and follow our blog to stay up to date on our activities all month long. IMG_1766

We Make It Better

Blood Center of Wisconsin Blood Drive

On June 3rd, employees from Power Test participated in a company wide blood drive for the Blood Center of Wisconsin.  36 employees took time out of their day and gave one of the greatest gifts you can give, because they believe in the Power Test mission statement of Making It Better.  Their generosity will help 93 people who are need of donations.Blood Center of Wisconsin

Your time, talents and resources will give patients
another smile, hug or moment with a family member.
Please thank everyone that participated in the event.
I hope all will feel a great sense of pride at what was
accomplished. Truly, you and the donors are all
SUPER HEROES. – The Blood Center


Alzheimer’s Association – The Longest Day

Through a substantial Power Test donation, employees enjoyed a Brat Fry in support of the Alzheimer’s Association and their longest day campaign.  Members of the Alzheimers Association (Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter) came to Power Test and served 10″ Sheboygan style brats and educated our employees on the disease and offered a number of resources that could help those families that are affected.  It was a wonderful example of a mutually supported event that was beneficial to both Power Test and the Alzheimers Association.  Though their dedicated advocacy day has passed, the work the Alzheimer’s Association does continues on.  Visit them and see how you can help support their organization. Alzheimers Association


Power Fest 2016

On July 8th, Power Test will celebrate 40 years of Making It Better.  In an all day event featuring industry related seminars, golf outings, cookouts, car shows, and Brewer games, Power Test employees will celebrate the work we’ve done for our customers, our community over the years.  If you’re in the area, please RSVP to stop by and learn a little bit more about how Power Test has been ‘Making It Better’ for 40 years.

Where You Can Find Us – July 2016

Power Test Plan – July 2016
Every month, Power Test Sales and Service professionals travel the globe making sure our customer’s needs are met.  We believe that on-site, personal interactions with our customers is key to Making It Better.  By consulting with you directly, we hear firsthand of the challenges and opportunities you’re presented with.  Our team of highly knowledgeable reps work with you to explore every possible solution to all of your testing needs.

This July we have a number of international travel destinations already scheduled, with more to be confirmed as the month moves on.  As always, reach out to us if you see that we’ll be in your area, or let us know if you’d like to schedule a visit.  Each of our sales and service team members makes it a priority to visit customers on a monthly basis, and we’re always looking for an excuse to come visit you.


International Visit Locations:

Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico
July 17th – July 30th

David Lanser will be visiting Mexico towards the end of the month to meet with existing and potential customers.  Reach out to David if you’d like to schedule a visit, or hear more about the regions that he serves.


South Korea  |  Japan
End of July

Rick Ballo will be traveling to South Korea and Japan in July to consult on an active project, but has made some time to schedule visits with customers and partners.  Let Rick know if you’d like him to stop by.


The rest of our sales team has some specific appointment dates set up for the month of July, and always has time to schedule more.  Visit our Contact Us page to set up an appointment or to get in touch with us with any questions you may have about your testing needs.

Defense Industry Special Report

Defense Industry Testing Systems

Power Test was featured in a recent publication of the Defense Industry Special Report and a number of employees were asked to expand on the specifications and benefits of our dynamometer products. The Defense Industry Special Report focuses on technologies and manufactured solutions that directly impact the military industry. This most recent publication, which highlights Military Equipment Testing Solutions, showcased the diverse line of Power Test Dynamometer products and how they can directly impact the readiness, safety, and sustainability of military operations both domestically and internationally.

Engine and equipment testing has a particular importance to military applications, as equipment failures in the field are significantly more problematic than in civilian applications. Power Test ensures that the equipment servicemen rely on is in peak working condition before every use.

Take a look at the PDF version of the publication below, or follow this link to read the Power Test article in it’s entirety.

Military Applications of Dynamometers and Heavy Equipment Testing Systems

Military Applications of Dynamometers and Heavy Equipment Testing Systems


Testing of military vehicle components has long been crucial to ensuring reliable operation in the field. As vehicle technology advances, and as government initiatives seek greater vehicle operating efficiencies, vehicle component testing is even more important.

“Military vehicles are commonly operated in conditions far more adverse than civilian vehicles. Any military vehicle could end up in a theater of operation, so it’s always been imperative that all the engine, transmission and chassis components are fully reliable,” said Shane Classen, senior project manager at Power Test, Inc., a manufacturer of dynamometers, heavy equipment testing systems and related data acquisition and control systems used by the militaries of nations throughout the world. “It’s also extremely important that those testing and data acquisition systems are easy to use, especially as vehicles become more advanced and as governments watch resources more closely,” added Classen, who spent 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps before joining Power Test.

Today’s military vehicles are increasingly controlled by electronics. And systems to enable self-driving land vehicles with an even greater reliance on electronics are in testing stages. For example, a new generation of ground-based vehicles designed and manufactured by Oshkosh Defense is now in production. The vehicle features a General Motors diesel engine and Allison Transmission, but can be fitted with Oshkosh’s diesel-electric powertrain to improve fuel economy. All Oshkosh vehicles are tested on Power Test equipment before being delivered to military customers.

Military Applications of Dynamometers and Heavy Equipment Testing SystemsAdvances are also being made in vehicle fuel efficiency as military research is seeking ways to further reduce fuel requirements of ground-based vehicles and to lessen the dependence on diesel fuel, which is costly and logistically challenging in the field. Alternatives include hybrid electric engines and hydrogen fuel cells.

“There are significant benefits to going electric,” notes Power Test’s Rob Kazmier. “Along with fuel savings and the alleviation of the risks and challenges of transporting diesel fuel, electric motors offer stealth benefits as well. These products provide a significant reduction in noise, heat and exhaust generation that could alert an enemy or guide incoming thermal-targeted missiles.”

No matter what the research focus, test systems such as those manufactured by Power Test bring efficiencies to the process.

“With a multi-axle chassis dynamometer designed for military vehicles, you can test a diesel-powered vehicle and then immediately test a vehicle with an alternative power system in laboratory conditions allowing fully repeatable tests that simulate real driving conditions,” Kazmier said. “You don’t need to have a driver running the vehicles up and down hills at a proving ground, so it’s a lot more efficient. And because the testing is done in a lab, test conditions can be perfectly controlled to compare different vehicle efficiencies or capabilities.”


Custom Engineered Solutions


Through its Engineered Solutions division, Power Test custom-manufactures test equipment such as its multi-axle chassis dynamometers to the needs of customers such as Oshkosh Corp, whose employees use them for break-in and power verification of every military vehicle that comes off its line. Water brake, eddy current, or AC regenerative versions are available.

The Engineered Solutions division also designed a system for a customer who sought a single machine to test any cross-drive transmission found in military vehicles. The solution was the X-2000 Cross Drive — an extremely versatile cross drive dynamometer. The machine features up to 2,000 HP continuous input power capacity; precise input and output speed and torque control; shifting, braking, and steering servo actuators; locked rotor and clutched output absorbers and in-line torque measurement for all rotating connection points. The system was provided with mounting kits to test cross drive transmissions found in military vehicles ranging from the M-1-2A Abrams tank to the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier.


Ease of Use


Beyond research and end-of-line testing by equipment manufacturers, Power Test works closely with remanufacturing depots on military bases around the world, where ease of use is an important factor in testing equipment and data acquisition. “A serviceman assigned to a depot is likely unfamiliar with the equipment,” Classen noted.

“The military vehicle maintenance scenario is very different from that on the civilian side,” Classen said. “While employees of maintenance facilities in the civilian world tend to have many years of experience, enlisted servicemen assigned to handle vehicle testing and repair are generally younger and change duty stations every two to three years.”

Ease of UseThat means testing systems must be easy to learn and operate, as well as reliable in their results.

“A military testing and repair shop needs to have total confidence in the vehicles they’re sending back into use,” Classen said. “When we’re designing testing systems, we need to make sure a younger, less experienced serviceman can conduct testing as reliably as a seasoned person.”

Also different from the civilian world is the military’s need to receive new and repaired vehicles ready for full use – without an in-use break-in period. Power Test’s premier dynamometer systems fulfill the break-in process by simulating all of the operating conditions the vehicle could face, and provide field-ready vehicles right out of the shop. The break-in is a critical part of the testing process that, if not done correctly, could lead to a vehicle being out of commission and a serviceman out of action.

“We want everything to go exactly as planned, which is another reason we design our testing systems to be easy to use,” Classen added. One way that’s done is by having a common software platform across all types of testing systems. “A serviceman whose duty includes use of a dynamometer is likely to have a similar duty upon being transferred to a new station, but might be working with equipment to test different components. With the common software platform we provide, he or she can quickly get up to speed at a new station, working on different kinds of vehicles or different components. It doesn’t matter if they’re working on an engine, transmission, chassis dynamometer or hydraulic test stand; within 30 minutes, the serviceman would be able to fully run the testing himself.”

Along with wheeled and track ground vehicles, military depots use Power Test’s equipment for testing components on ships with power systems up to 10,000 HP, and aircraft, including unmanned systems.


Recoverable Assets


With operations throughout the world, the ability to easily establish engine or transmission testing in remote areas is required by the U.S. military and armed forces of other nations. Power Test’s fully containerized and transportable engine and transmission testing units respond to that need, and allow easy recovery of assets after deployment.

The U.S. Army and Marines have utilized 20-foot containerized engine and transmission dynamometers in war zones since the first Gulf War.

“A containerized unit fits in the back of a C130 for easy transportation into and out of fields of operation,” Kazmier said.

Power Test’s Wayne Mohler noted the containerized systems eliminate the need for a building and can be operated in locations that lack basic utilities – such as the middle of a desert.

Power Test’s Fully Contained Transportable Trans Dyno and the FCT Engine Dynamometer System each come ready to use in its own shipping container that doubles as a testing facility. It contains everything needed for testing, including all the testing components and a sound-insulated room for the data acquisition and control system.

Recoverable AssetsThe FCT Dynamometer System includes Power Test’s 50X series dynamometer to testing electric motors, gasoline and higher speed diesel applications, with power ranges from 50-1,000 HP and speeds to 6,000 RPM.

The FCT Transmission Dynamometer System uses AIDCO’s 450H Transmission Test Stand, the Model 265 Valve Body Test Stand, and the AIDCO ESC electric shift control. AIDCO is a Power Test brand.

The test container can quickly be relocated by simply disconnecting the non-spill hydraulic hoses and power extension cables.

Both the engine and transmission containerized units are paired with a containerized support unit for power generation, water recirculation, cooling, heat exchange and water holding.

While the containerized units allow armed forces to retain the value of the equipment, other initiatives seek to reduce operating costs or use of water, which is often an integral part of component testing.



Water shortages in some areas, and general government sustainability concerns regarding conservation are also issues for dynamometer and testing system manufacturers.

“Conserving water is very important to the current administration and to branches of the U.S. military,” said Mohler. “The U.S. National Guard, for example, uses water-free chassis dynamometers for testing multi-axle vehicles.”

Compared to a water brake chassis dynamometer, an air-cooled, water-free eddy current dynamometer uses no water and significantly less electricity. That eliminates the need for a water supply or a water recirculation system. The eddy current system uses just enough electricity to create the electrical field needed for the test. This is in contrast to a water brake system that requires constant power to run the pumps.

Reduced energy costs were not the initial focus of one nation’s navy that was seeking upgraded testing equipment, but Power Test came up with a solution that would recoup virtually all the power used in the testing of hydraulic pumps and motors. As part of a base renovation project, basic hydraulic pump and motor test stands were specified. The navy needed one unit for testing ship components and another for testing submarine components. Its existing system was old and crude, without variable speed, safety guards or other features. “It was really a dangerous system and had very limited capability,” Kazmier said.

Along with increased safety, the navy wanted to implement a fully capable testing system.

“There was a significant variety of hydraulic components they wanted to test, so flexibility was key,” Kazmier said. Power Test proposed a solution that would not only provide all the flexibility the navy needed for component testing, but one that would also result in a significant reduction in energy demand.

The HTS-100×2, dual 100-HP regenerative system, developed through Power Test’s Engineered Solutions division, recoups and reuses a majority of the energy in its operation. While it wasn’t an originally specified feature, the navy saw the energy savings as a bonus to the testing capabilities it was seeking.
“Our solution was a safe product with excellent flexibility, offering them complete control of any variable speed for the load or input,” Kazmier said.


Along with the containerized systems and custom solutions mentioned above, testing systems commonly used by military original equipment manufacturers and at repair depots include:

PTX Engine Dyno SystemEngine Dynamometers — Power Test’s PTX Water Brake Dynamometer is used in multiple U.S. Defense Office of Logistics facilities, dozens of U.S. Army National Guard facilities, U.S. Marine Corps facilities and private industry repair depots that support the U.S. military via engine rebuild contracts. It is available in 500 HP and 1,000 HP configurations. The system features a through-shaft design that allows either end of the dynamometer to be driven and for dynamometer mounting systems to be attached and used.

EC-Series Chassis Dynamometers — This heavy-duty chassis dynamometer features air-cooled eddy current load absorbers, therefore requiring no water or cooling system.

Transmission Test Stands — The AIDCO 450E transmission test stand supports testing of all Allison transmissions – commonly used in military vehicles, including some military-specific transmissions. Numerous military and private-sector repair shops use the AIDCO system. AIDCO’s Electronic Shift Control is used in conjunction with the transmission test stand.

All Power Test dynamometers and test stands interface with PowerNet 3.0 data acquisition and control packages.

We Make It Better – May 2016

Power Test is committed to making it better for our customers, for our employees, and for our community.  Our day to day efforts of building exceptional products and providing unsurpassed support fulfil that mission for our customers, but its the work we do outside of the office that make it better for every one else. Connect with us on our social media channels and follow our blog to stay up to date on our activities all month long.

We Make It Better

Army Physical Fitness Test

Army PFT Test Power Test is committed to the health and well-being of it’s employees.  In an effort to promote a culture of physical fitness, employees have the opportunity to participate in the Army Physical Fitness Test, administered by active members of our armed forces. On May 6th Power Test employees pushed their physical limits by completing 2 minutes of sit-ups, 2 minutes of push-ups, and a 2-mile run.  Those that met the age requirements received an incentive that they had worked towards over the previous 6 months.  Power Test holds this event twice a year, in the spring and fall, and through daily classes encourages improvement year round.

Employee Nutrition Program

In addition to our training and exercise programs, Power Test also encourages its employees to engage in healthy lifestyle habits.  In previous months, we’ve focused on identifying healthy foods to promote increased productivity at home and in the work place.  This month, we shifted our focus to improve mental stimulation and energy levels.  With a  visit  from a certified nutritionist, our employees learned how diet, sleeping habits, and lifestyle choices can affect our day to day well-being.

The Women’s Center Anniversary Luncheon

Power Test EmployeesEmployees from Power Test were on hand at The Women’s Center Anniversary Luncheon to raise money, awareness, and support for a great organization. The event was a huge success as nearly 700 attendees raised over $125,000 to provide services for women and families affected by domestic abuse. In the future, join us in supporting a great organization.