PAGID BRAKE DISCS SURPASS ECE R90 REGULATION

PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF PAGID

Safety for the end user is the priority for Pagid, and taking its commitment safety further, Pagid has implemented the ECE R90 standard across its best-selling brake discs for pre-November 2016 passenger car models, going above and beyond requirements.

Pagid brake discs are tested to the limits before release, and the extensive research and development matched with OE partnerships enables them to perform, time after time.

The R90 international requirement applies to all new brake discs fitted to vehicles manufactured after November 2016. Geometric parameters, chemical composition, design, microstructure, mechanical properties and key dimensions are all tested by an independent body, both in the lab and on the road. This ensures the brake parts match their stringent standards.

Pagid is part of TMD Friction, a global leader in OE and aftermarket brake manufacturing and a registered R90 approved licence holder. Producing the best-selling Pagid brake discs to the R90 standard for older vehicles is a big step forward for safety. UK roads are still very busy with vehicles manufactured before November 2016, and the additional quality assurance provided by meeting the evaluation is sure to provide many motorists with added peace of mind.

Phil Woodcock, Key Account Manager at Pagid commented:

“As the number one braking brand in the UK, we are very happy to go above and beyond the legislation with the Pagid brake disc range. The R90 rule set is designed to increase safety, making it more difficult for low-quality counterfeit braking products to make their way onto the roads. By offering Pagid brake discs for older vehicles that are R90 compliant, alongside our existing range of R90 approved brake pads and shoes, we hope to reassure customers that when they purchase Pagid, they are fitting a quality product that provides optimum fitment and performance.”

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SUCCESS FOR TEXTAR BRAKE DISCS

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF TMD FRICTION

Global OE friction manufacturer, TMD Friction, has put the quality and performance of its Textar brake disc coating to the test; comparing thickness, uniformity and corrosion against three competitor products as part of its benchmarking series.

TMD Friction defined 20 measuring points, including four at the contact surface of the disc top hat, and four on the visible outer surface of the disc to evaluate coating thickness and uniformity. The results showed that Textar had the thinnest coating in all measuring areas (see picture.1 & picture.2), with only a slight variation in data, indicating high uniformity.

Textar had the most even coating while proving equally resistant to corrosion when compared to its thicker-coated competitors. The test also highlighted that coated discs have equivalent break-in properties to uncoated discs.

Results revealed that thinner coating does not lead to higher corrosion, and despite having the thinnest coating among the tested products, Textar had similar results to its competitors. To determine corrosion resistance, the brake discs were sprayed with five percent saline solution in a salt spray cupboard for 96 hours.

Both coating thickness and uniformity make a real difference to brake reliability. If the coating is too thick and uneven on the contact surface of the brake disc top hat, it can have a huge impact on runout. Too much runout causes brake growl and leads to steering wheel movement and/or vibrations in the brake pedal. The thinner coating not only ensures efficient use of materials, but also brings about improved braking reliability.

Vincenzo Di Caro, development engineer at TMD Friction, said: “Coated brake discs can be used as and when you need them, without preparation. To protect from corrosion, uncoated discs are stored in oil, which must be removed from the disc before assembly.

“Coated discs don’t require oil removal, reducing workload and making the process more environmentally friendly through reducing oil waste. We recommend garages always clean the existing hub and remove corrosion before assembly so that the new brake disc can reach optimum performance.”

TMD Friction regularly carries out tests within its benchmark series to secure and develop the high quality and performance of its products. TMD Friction always chooses a balanced mix of competitors, including well-known OE and aftermarket manufacturers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture 1: Test results for Textar (yellow) and the three competitor products at four different measuring points (P1 – P4) at the outer surface of the brake disc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture 2: Test results for Textar (yellow) and the three competitor products at four different measuring points (P5 – P8) at the contact surface of the disc top hat.

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‘CHASING MARKHAM’ RALLY PREP: PHASE TWO STARTS

PROMOTION ON BEHALF OF BILSTEIN GROUP

Applications for the Chasing Markham Rally 2017 closed in May and phase two of the planning is underway. Participants have now been formally notified of their places and so the real fun can officially get started!

So what’s next? The welcome packs have gone out to our lovely teams, with all the extra details they need to know for the trip and what they can expect from us. Then, we’ve got quite a few cars to pick up and assign which we can’t wait to do as we see the first signs of our amazing rally take shape.

After that, let the modifications and fundraising begin! Of course, we will be doing everything in our power to help our participants. We will be sharing the donations page far and wide, and the first step of this was completed at Automechanika Birmingham 2017, as we handed out vintage mugs, cookies and leaflets with all the details on how to donate. And if we do say so ourselves, the mugs went down pretty well with visitors on the stand.

There are still plenty of ways you can be involved: you can sponsor one of our teams, contribute to our fundraising efforts and you can follow all the twists and turns by joining our Facebook page @Chasingmarkham. We’ll be posting all our latest updates on there as things progress.

Teams will be announced on the facebook page over the coming weeks and we know they will appreciate any support to help them towards their fundraising targets.

Donations are now open, with every penny going towards helping industry charity BEN. You can find out more about them and all the brilliant things they do by visiting ben.org.uk.

To donate, simply visit www.justgiving.co.uk/chasingmarkham, or text TCMR55 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070. Anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated and will count towards our overall fundraising total.

Now, if you forgot to register or have suddenly decided you want to come along, get in touch via email: chasingmarkham@bilsteingroup.com or via our Facebook page, search @chasingmarkham. And we’ll see what we can do.

Stay tuned!

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MILLENNIAL MILESTONE FOR PAGID ‘PROUD TO FIT’

Pagid has given its seal of approval to the 1,000th garage in its Proud to Fit concept, which celebrates brake installers and mechanics across the United Kingdom.

Merityre Andover was the millennial member to join the scheme, and will now benefit from the branding, kudos and superior training that comes with the title and being part of Pagid Proud to Fit.

Once strict quality criteria are met, and the extensive Pagid and IMI Accredited training is complete – to ensure all mechanics within the workshop are fully-compliant when fitting OE-quality Pagid brake parts, in the recommended fashion – a Proud to Fit garage will graduate to become a Pagid Professional garage.

With both Proud to Fit and Pagid Professional, garages benefit from customer confidence, branding and continued training.

Sylvie Layec, Sales Director, IAM at TMD Friction, commented:

“Pagid Proud to Fit has proven to be a hugely successful concept, with the UK’s best garages gaining the badge of honour, and Merityre Andover is precisely the type of workshop we created the programme for.

“With 24 locations under the brand, Andover may be the 1,000th garage to become a Proud to Fit, but 23 other Merityre locations have also joined the concept. The benefits to their customers are vast; with far higher-calibre brake installation taking place.”

Dene Arnold, Director at Merityre, commented: 

“We’ve been using Pagid for a few years now, with 90% of our brake work using Pagid parts. We’re focused on giving our customers a quality service with quality products, so Pagid has always been the obvious choice. After speaking to Pagid about our training needs, we decided to sign up to Proud to Fit.

“One person from each of our 24 garages is taking part in the training, and the results have been superb; not just for our mechanics, but for our company-wide expertise and ability to expand into more brake work and increase vehicle servicing scope as a company.

“We look forward to completing the training to earn the Pagid Professional status.”

Pagid will continue to collaborate with Merityre’s 24 locations, and the 976 other workshops nationwide in the Proud to Fit concept; to keep training and servicing as high quality as the OE parts themselves, and to help more garages graduate to Pagid Professional status.

Independent garage owners in the UK can find out more about Pagid Proud to Fit and Pagid Professional, and apply to join, by visiting pagid.com/pagid-pro/proud-to-fit.

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PAGID REVEALS ‘BIG’ ISSUES FOR AFTERMARKET 2017 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Pagid has released results of a survey looking at the thoughts and opinions of those working in the automotive aftermarket, revealing the big issues they face in 2017.

Take a look at their infographic below to see the issues that may affect you this year.


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TAKE A SELFIE AND WIN!

Promotion from HELLA

Take a photo with you featuring one of the HELLA family logos – HELLA, Hella Gutmann Solutions, Behr Hella Service and now Sonne – either on a product, product box, in an advert, wherever and post to the HELLA UK facebook page (www.facebook.com/hella.uk/) with #HellaSelfie.

The top 3 entries with the most likes at the end of the competition will win a CTEK Battery charger and CTEK battery analyser worth £300!

The closing date when the most popular selfies will be chosen is Friday 23rd December 2016.

It’s that easy.

We look forward to seeing some great photos of you.

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BRAKE FLUID TESTING

PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF MINTEX

As brake fluid is essentially the life blood of the braking system, garages and mechanics play an important part in keeping motorists safe on the road as monitoring the fluid’s condition rarely makes most drivers’ to-do-lists.

The process of testing brake fluid is very simple, and exact boiling points can be identified easily using a brake fluid tester. Where possible, it’s recommended to perform the test in the master cylinder reservoir of the car, by inserting the probe and ensuring its end sits below the fluid level. Before performing the test, the equipment must be connected to the car battery, which is used to heat the brake fluid.

However, as with all equipment, it’s key that the device is easy to use. Because of this, Mintex has launched a new brake fluid tester, designed to help users efficiently and accurately check fluid levels. As part of Mintex’s new tools collection, the brake fluid tester is incredibly practical and features an LCD screen, which guides the user through each step of the process, making the device a popular choice for garages.

With regards to the testing process, as the car battery heats the brake fluid, the testing probe will measure the temperature, which takes an estimated 30 seconds. Once this is complete, the operator is left with an accurate temperature reading. Before and after readings can also be shown to customers, demonstrating the difference in fluid levels, and in turn, the importance of the test. A simple test using this tool can save valuable operator time, as well as increasing the garage’s profit potential.

The Mintex brake fluid tester will not only speed up throughput of routine jobs, but it also provides an opportunity for an additional brake servicing business. This could result in an average-sized workshop making an extra £14,700 annual profit each year, as seen in the brake fluid profit potential calculation*.

Alongside the brake fluid tester, the new tools range features a full suite of items, from hub grinders and pneumatic piston windback tools, to caliper cleaning files and caliper housing guide bolt sets. The tools provide the Mintex seal of quality that is well known within the industry and have been tested at the company’s specialist technical centre. Furthermore, they are backed by support from the Mintex technical team.

 

*Brake fluid tester profit potential calculation:

Check the profit potential
Average sized workshop daily throughput 8 vehicles
Cars tested below minimum recommended level 6 vehicles
Go ahead to change fluid 2 vehicles
40 minutes labour @ £24/hour £16.00
Minimum profit on fluid (1 litre) £3.00
Profit per vehicle £21.00
Payback period on 2 tests/day 9 days
Potential annual revenue (700 cars @ £21/vehicle) £14,700

Example shown is a rough projection, for illustration purposes only – users should estimate their potential profit return based on their actual costs and anticipated volume of customers for their business.

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