Power Test and Taylor Dynamometer Join Forces

Power Test incorporated and Taylor Dynamometer, two long time global competitors in the heavy-duty dynamometer and test stand business, completed the merger of the two businesses on June 30, 2020.

Taylor dynamometer, founded in 1929, developed the global use of dynamometers for quality assurance in the heavy-duty diesel engine rebuilding market. Taylor has always been a Milwaukee area business and presently has their corporate headquarters near Miller Park.

Power Test was founded in 1976 by former Taylor employee John Petelinsek. For nearly 5 decades Power Test competed against Taylor in the same markets with engine and chassis dynamometers and more recently with hydraulic test stands. Over the course of time, Power Test expanded its product offerings into the automotive, performance racing, aerospace and custom test stand business. Power Test is located principally in Sussex, WI. The combined businesses will employ approximately 160 people, 130 in Sussex and 30 in Milwaukee.

“The combined experience of these two companies will allow rapid response to changing industry needs, will leverage the manufacturing capabilities and will ensure these niche products are available to the global market for decades to come,” said Rick Ruzga, President of Power Test.

Jeff Brown (VP of Sales and Service) and Larry Golding (VP of Engineering) will continue to lead the Taylor facility in Milwaukee, reporting to Ruzga. Art Downey the former owner of Taylor will continue to collaborate with Alan Petelinsek, the CEO and owner of Power Test.

Petelinsek who has been with Power Test since 1981 and led its development from 1999 to present said, “it is a dream come true to combine these two businesses and build upon the knowledge gained from interacting and solving power train testing needs of a diverse customer base in more than 150 countries of the world.

Power Test most recently acquired DYNOmite Dynamometer in March of 2020 and SuperFlow Technologies in September of 2017. Taylor acquired Dyne Systems in February of 2016.

For more information visit www.taylordyno.com and www.powertestdyno.com

Power Test Acquires Dynomite Dynamometer

Power Test acquires New Hampshire competitor DynoMite Dynamometer in the midst of COVID-19 Chaos

Power Test Inc, an industry leading dynamometer and test system manufacturer located in Sussex WI, has just acquired the assets of DynoMite Dynamometer, a 44 year old business located in Manchester, New Hampshire. This acquisition comes right on the tail of Power Test acquiring, moving, and integrating another long time competitor, SuperFlow Technologies, formerly of Des Moines, IA.

“The acquisition of DynoMite provides expanded product offerings, seasoned industry veteran sales and service staff, a loyal customer base and some advanced manufacturing technology,” said Alan Petelinsek, CEO of Power Test. Operations of DynoMite will remain in its present location. Peter Bergeron, son of the founder and longtime employee, will remain as the General Manager of the New Hampshire facility. He will report to Rick Ruzga, President of Power Test. All existing DynoMite staff have been retained. When asked why now, Petelinsek said, “Never waste a good crisis.”

For further information, visit www.powertestdyno.com and www.dynomitedynamometer.com

COVID-19: Power Test Response

March 23, 2020

The leadership team at Power Test realizes that we are facing a very unique situation with the COVID-19 virus.  We want to reiterate that our focus is on our loyal Customers, our dedicated employees, and our communities at large.

The experts have painted a sobering picture for Wisconsin.  We are sure this is true for where ever you are located and reading this.  We have about 6 million residents in the state.  It was determined that 5% of our state population will be affected, resulting in about 300,000 people needing special care.  Of those, 20% will require hospitalization.  That is 60,000 people vying for fewer than 4,000 ICU and critical care beds in the entire state.  Power Test is committed to “flattening the curve”.

Here is what we are doing to support our Customers, Employees and Communities:

  • We moved about 90% of our Office, Sales and Service staff to remote working situations
  • The company has been divided into two separate groups to ensure business continuity
  • These two group are working out of 3 self-contained areas and are divided by a 30-minute break between shifts to clean and sanitize our work spaces.
  • Financially, we have a company record backlog that we will continue to work on through August of this year.  Leadtimes will continue to come down, quality will be a focus and capacity will open, especially for the 3rd and 4th quarters

Power Test has been through three major economic dips in the last 19 years and keeps coming out stronger because we developed and executed our strategic and tactical plans.  This situation will be no different.  We thank you for choosing the Power Test family of brands: Super Flow, Pivotal Pumps, AIDCO, Stuska, Axiline, Hicklin, and TCRS.  Please contact your Sales or Service representative if you have any questions or concerns.


Rick Ruzga

Engine Build Series – Day 4

Employees skipped the first Thursday of the month for the Fourth of July holiday and instead stayed late on July 11th to make some additional progress on the Power Test Budget Engine Build.  This project is a chance for Power Test employees to share their engine building knowledge with their co-workers, test their work on one of our performance engine dynos, and build comradery along the way.

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We’ve got an LS that we’ve been putting together over the last couple months. We got it running and feel comfortable with how it’s running want to get a baseline on the dyno. We went through initially to do a compression check. we’re going to do a leak down check just to show everybody what the difference is between the two, how to troubleshoot and how to get a baseline so we know if we have a problem. Later, the LS will get pulled out from there we’re going to upgrade the cam and change valve springs so the LS will be ready to go back in the test so next month.
In the meantime, Russ has this big block here that’s going to go on his personal car. We’ve kind of got that set up the way it’s going to go in the car we’re going to run that to get a baseline for him. We’re going to go through a little bit of carburetor jetting, set and timing, kind of show what advance and retard does, show what lean and rich will do on the carburation side. John and I kind of decided that even though the big block is is old-school, the effects of what changing jets and timing do are the same thing we’re going to do through the ECM on the LS, so it’s just another way to show those that are here or the changes do.
The whole crux of us doing this is that we’re a company that predominantly used to test diesel and now we’re knee deep in the automotive world, specifically the racing world. There’s a few folks that are into cars automotive and making things go run better and faster. Our customers are into this knee deep. It’s their living and we’re trying to make our employees have a sense of what our customers are talking about, what they’re doing and why they’re doing it so when they go on-site they have a they have a real strong connection with the customer because they know their way around an engine.

The Tiny Dyno

Power Test is always thinking of new ways to show off our industry leading testing products, especially as we kick off trade show season.  Unfortunately its tough to bring a test cell to life our 10×10 booth, so we had to think outside the box.  Enter the ‘Tiny Dyno’ a 1/16th size fully functional, replica Flat Deck Chassis Dynamometer, complete with data acquisition and a Power Test branded truck.[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPWd8Zc3vcc&feature=youtu.be” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Tiny Dyno was built in preparation for the TMC Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN and was a welcome side project for the many Power Test employees who had the chance to work on it. Everyone from Engineering to Assembly to Electronics had fun with our newest marketing vehicle and the final product is something we’re proud to show off.

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Webinar: AC Regenerative Solutions


Custom Engineered Solutions: AC Regen Webinar

From the Custom Engineered Solutions Division at Power Test, learn about different braking technology featured in our dynos and see if an AC Regenerative Solution may be right for you.

On Tuesday, February 7th, Rob Kazmier will explore, in depth, a number of topics including AC Regenerative Technology, Applications for AC Regen, and Technological Decision Factors. He will also answer any questions you might have in this conversational and consultative webinar.

Rob, a Senior Sales Engineer at Power Test, heads our Custom Engineered Solutions division, developing innovative testing procedures for uncommon challenges. Though Power Test has an extensive catalog of standard products, there are often unique circumstances that require a custom approach. Often times this need for customization is framed around the need for technology alternative to water brake or eddy current systems. AC Regenerative Technology is a clean and efficient solution that may make sense for your testing needs.

Register for our upcoming webinar or contact Rob directly if you have additional questions about what this technology can mean for your installation.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Register for Webinar” color=”blue” size=”lg” align=”center” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-bell” add_icon=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fattendee.gotowebinar.com%2Fregister%2F2775613031105797121||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We encourage you to register for our webinar whether or not you are available during the slotted time.  All registrants will receive a recording of the webinar and the accompanying documents for you to review at your convenience.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Power Test to Attend TMC


TMC Annual Meeting

From February 27th through March 2nd, Power Test will be attending the TMC Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.  The annual meeting, dubbed the Transportation and Technology Exposition is an event hosted by the American Trucking Association, a group that seeks to improve safety, efficiency, and profitability for the trucking industry.

This multi day show features a complete schedule filled daily with seminars, task forces, town halls, forums, and extensive opportunities for interaction. Companies from across the country represent nearly every aspect of the industry, from carriers, to electrical component manufacturers and everything in between.

Power Test will attend to lecture on the benefits of our chassis dyno systems; a necessary component for complete engine build/rebuild shops.  Our President, Pat Koppa, will be on hand to work through the logistics of adding a chassis dyno to your shop.  With multiple daily seminars, he’s made himself available to personally address any questions or concerns that you might have.

Look for us in Booth #2948 and let us know if you’d like to set up a time to meet during the show.[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3533″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Christmas Tree Lighting Party

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/zDN8eCnyY3c” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Every year, Power Test hosts its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Party on the company grounds.  Employees, families, and community members are invited to hangout on our ‘Break Pad’ and enjoy snacks, cocoa, and caroling from the Sussex Hamilton Choir. Held in early December, the event is one of the first opportunities of the year to get festive for the holidays.  This year as part of the fun we had a bonfire, photo booth, and even a visit from Santa for all of the kids in attendance. The hot chocolate, cookies, and good company were more than enough to fend off the cold temperatures and the turnout was fantastic.

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This years event was held in support of Sussex Outreach Services. During the weeks leading up to the party, Power Test held a toy drive for local families and our employees donated generously.  Additionally Power Test made a substantial donation to the charity to help Sussex Outreach Services furnish their new home in downtown Sussex. SOS serves nearly 500 families a year, with a good deal of them visiting during the holiday season.  Events like the Christmas Tree Lighting go a long way to helping them in their mission.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Power Test Lights its Christmas Tree”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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.