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NEW HELLA HENGST FILTERS FOR WORKSHOPS

NEW HELLA HENGST FILTERS FOR WORKSHOPS

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF HELLA

Hella Hengst portfolio

HELLA, a leading original equipment (OE) manufacturer and system supplier to the global automotive industry, has recently added antibacterial carbon activated cabin filters to the HELLA Hengst range of OE quality filters.

The 38 new-to-range (NTR) references are available for a variety of vehicles, including Ford Focus C-Max, Mercedes Benz A and C class, and Sprinter, as well as Audi A3, A4 and A5. The range also extends to the majority of VW and SEAT models. These additions, which will be available from early 2018, can be easily identified with the letters ‘LB’ marked on the end of the HELLA Hengst part numbers.

The main difference between the HELLA Hengst carbon activated cabin filter and the new antibacterial version is that while both have excellent odour reduction properties, the latter can also reduce allergy problems caused by contaminants such as bacteria and mould fungi, which enter the passenger compartment through the ventilation system, thus tackling one of the growing issues facing road users by directly addressing the health concerns of vehicle occupants.

Today, modern vehicles have cabin filters located in a variety of places and that are sometimes challenging to fit, making it difficult for installers to service or replace them. To further assist technicians, HELLA Hengst provides easy-to-follow installation instructions for all cabin filter types, including their locations, in every product pack.

As these additions demonstrate, the HELLA Hengst range is consistently growing and with a complete range of 1,500 premium quality filters across 90,000 applications for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, the company is showing its commitment to deliver the very best in terms of quality and availability to support the independent aftermarket.

For more information about the new HELLA Hengst filtration range, contact our sales team on 01295 662324 or email hella.hengst@hella.com

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THE COMPLETE BATTERY SOLUTION FROM HELLA

THE COMPLETE BATTERY SOLUTION FROM HELLA

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF HELLA

With the UK currently enduring some fairly hostile weather conditions, for the country’s motorists, it’s the battery that takes the brunt. This fact was underlined by the RAC as it issued a stark warning this week stating that they expected to receive more than 3,000 battery related callouts on the first day back after Christmas alone.

The weather is however an opportunity for HELLA customers as its supply agreement with ECOBAT Battery Technologies ensures that the HELLA battery offering meets the challenge, because alongside excellent availability, it is both comprehensive and incorporates the latest products to reflect current technology. In addition, with the market-leading Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS) mega macs range of diagnostic tools, which possess the software required to correctly install the batteries used for start/stop enabled vehicles, HELLA has all the necessary elements to provide a full battery replacement programme.

Bearing in mind that battery related issues remain the most common cause of breakdown, whatever the season, battery health should be a priority for workshops. Therefore, as a matter of course, technicians should carry out a battery check on every vehicle that enters their premises, which allows preventative maintenance to be undertaken. Alongside this practical action, technicians should be recommending that customers who use their vehicles infrequently or make only short journeys, charge the battery on a regular basis, which will substantially reduce the risk of electrical related breakdown.

Due to the competitive nature of the sector, proactivity is the watchword for batteries, so it is vital for factors to make sure they are supplying the correct replacement for the vehicle, which is why an accurate application guide is a must. However, it is good practice for counter staff to check whether any extra high demand electrical equipment has been added to the vehicle, as this could affect the specification.

As the number of vehicles incorporating a start/stop function will only increase, the demand for AGM/EFB batteries is projected to grow rapidly and these must be installed correctly to prevent their premature failure. Unlike the traditional SLI battery, AGM/EFB batteries require a specific fitting procedure and the use of a specialised tool to integrate them into the vehicle’s complicated electronic system. Moreover, as vehicles become evermore reliant on electronics and the demands on the battery subsequently increase, the correct diagnosis of the cause of electrical related issues is vital.

This is where HGS users benefit, as all mega macs diagnostic tools have the capability to introduce an AGM/EFB battery into the battery management system (BMS) of a start/stop enabled vehicle, to correctly initialise the replacement. Without this process, the battery will fail prematurely.

Further advantages come with their ability to diagnose other battery related problems, such as issues with the IBS (intelligent battery sensor), which is a vital component in the BMS and, will sometimes also need replacing. Usefully, in addition to its aftermarket range, HELLA is an original equipment (OE) IBS supplier, so has particular expertise with this increasingly used product.

In short, as a respected supplier of premium quality components and diagnostic equipment, HELLA’s battery programme naturally reflects the requirements of the market and provides the solution technicians need to undertake every battery related challenge.

For more information about the OE quality products available from HELLA, please call customer services on: 01295 662400 or email hella.sales@hella.com

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AIMING FOR PERFECTION

AIMING FOR PERFECTION

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF AISIN GROUP

Aisin braking portfolio

The Aisin group is a diversified global conglomerate with special expertise in materials processing, precision engineering and manufacturing technologies. While the principal activity is the design and manufacture of automotive parts and systems, the group also produces household appliances such as fuel cells and other products related to the energy, lifestyle and wellness sectors.

Guided by the founder’s commitment to “quality first”, Aisin has developed a strong position as a global supplier of premium automotive parts and systems to vehicle manufacturers. In addition to Toyota, which has taken a 24% equity in the company, Aisin is a major supplier to the Volkswagen Group, BMW, Volvo, General Motors, PSA Group, Renault-Nissan, Mitsubishi, Honda, Suzuki and Changan Group.

Aisin Seiki group
Japan-based Aisin has been processing materials and manufacturing premium precision products for more than 70 years. Founded as an aircraft parts manufacturer, the company has now developed into a Fortune Global 500 company with more than 190 subsidiaries and affiliates around the world. The Aisin group is a strong top-10 supplier in the automotive OE and aftermarket industries, and recorded net sales of over 29 billion Euro in the 2016 financial year.

Drive, turn, stop…

The Aisin automotive product range is comprehensive, covering all the principal vehicle functions – driving, turning and braking – and includes drivetrain, clutch, brake, chassis, engine and cooling systems, in addition to vehicle body parts.

The group strives to anticipate customer needs and has invested heavily in the last few years to meet the changing requirements of the automobile industry. Using its expertise in diverse metals and processing technologies, Aisin is now producing lighter vehicle parts – including cast parts for the engine and related areas – helping car manufacturers meet lower fuel consumption and emission standards.

Strong R&D resources

For these new trends, Aisin is able to draw on its impressive worldwide research and development assets. Back in 1970 it was one of the first auto parts manufacturers to construct its own vehicle proving ground equipped with test tracks. Aisin now has three proving grounds worldwide with a variety of track surfaces.

In parallel, state-of-the-art indoor testing facilities enable Aisin to evaluate a wide range of vehicle performance areas including electronic devices, fuel economy exhaust emissions, high-temperature environments and vehicle stability control systems.

Going forward, Aisin aims to continue working with its subsidiaries and customers to anticipate future requirements and fulfil its mission to contribute to the creation of a better auto society and higher standard of living.

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HELLA MAKES GROUND-BREAKING DEVELOPMENT

HELLA MAKES GROUND-BREAKING DEVELOPMENT

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF HELLA

As a respected original equipment (OE) manufacturer and systems supplier, HELLA is already at the forefront of automotive technology with its involvement in areas such as ADAS (advance driver assistance systems) and LED lighting solutions. However, unwilling to sit on its laurels, the company is now looking further into the future to redefine the limits of present and future camera evolution.

So, as well as current ADAS innovations like lane departure warning systems, which are based on radar sensors that constantly monitor the area behind the car when passing other vehicles or changing lanes, HELLA is developing products that continue to enhance its reputation as a leader in the market.

Working alongside independent associated business Brighter AI, HELLA has been increasing the quality of existing camera systems by pushing the boundaries of technology with a cloud-based application that has allowed the development of new safety and comfort-related functions.

The solution has already been implemented in the security sector, but can be adapted for automotive applications and uses infrared night photography to create realistic daylight images.

In layman terms, the team is developing the technology that will enable the driver to look into the rearview mirror at night and the view reflected will appear to them as if they were driving in daylight, thus solving a basic problem of driving in the dark – limited sight and slower reaction times.

Greater illumination of the area around them will significantly increase driver safety as they will be able to see more of the road behind, leading to less accidents and potential fatalities.

Currently in its pilot stages, HELLA is confident that the realistic colour image technology will pave the way for further uses in the industry such as optimising camera-based driver assistance systems, as well as applications in aviation and aerospace.

For more information about the OE quality products available from HELLA or for Behr Hella Service, please call customer services on: 01295 662400 or email hella.sales@hella.com

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NEW UK KEY ACCOUNTS MANAGER JOINS PAGID

PROMO ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF PAGID

Brake specialist TMD Friction has appointed Phil Woodcock as UK Key Accounts Manager for Pagid – the UK’s biggest selling brake brand.

Having spent 35 years in sales and marketing, with 25 of those in key positions in the automotive industry, Phil has extensive experience providing international marketing and operational solutions within the friction sector.

In his new position, Phil will be responsible for managing and promoting the Pagid brand in the UK market. This will include driving sales through Euro Car Parts and further-cementing Pagid’s position as the leading OE-brand in the UK market.

Sylvie Layec, TMD Friction Sales Director Western Europe & Pan-European Accounts, commented,

“We welcome Phil as TMD Friction UK Key Accounts Manager, and we have every confidence that he will grow the Pagid brand further. He certainly comes with plenty of excellent experience, and has the standards of quality and attention to detail that is synonymous with TMD Friction.”.

Commenting on his appointment, Phil said,

“Having been involved in the automotive braking market for many years, it’s wonderful to be joining a highly regarded brand that is part of the global leader in brake friction technology.  TMD Friction’s manufacturing and R&D facilities are second to none, and the quality that the workforce produces is why the Pagid brand has such loyalty. I’m very much looking forward to taking Pagid to the next level in terms of sales and customer service”.

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HELLA TECH WORLD – THE EASY ACCESS SUPPORT SITE

HELLA TECH WORLD – THE EASY ACCESS SUPPORT SITE

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF HELLA

The website, is free of charge to users, available round the clock and kept up-to-date, giving workshops a genuine advantage, allowing them to develop a greater level of technical competence, which will contribute to the overall success of their business. HELLA, one of the world’s leading original equipment (OE) component and system suppliers, created the easily accessible portal to provide technicians with complete online support, including the latest range extensions, which are updated monthly, technical product information and HELLA Online Training – in short – to assist workshops to future proof their businesses.

TECH WORLD also links to the company’s online catalogues enabling them to browse all that HELLA, Behr Hella Service and Hella Gutmann Solutions has to offer. In addition, briefing notes are available, which give detailed information on product features and specifications, as well as links to supporting Apps, such as the ELIVER light comparison App and Behr Hella Services Compressor App.

Technicians can also access a range of practical technical training modules for lighting, electric and electronics and thermal management, and take advantage of the detailed technical information, with access to a know-how tool in which HELLA reveals how components work.

With this insight, they are able to more easily identify the cause of a fault and through this technical background knowledge how to rectify it. What’s more, technicians have the option to view technical clips and diagnostic tips to assist with the repairing process. To optimise the whole repair process, HELLA has continued to invest to provide excellent product availability and depth of range to help technicians complete their work to the highest possible standard. HELLA’s commitment to make the workshops day-to-day business life easier, faster and ready to face the future, demonstrates that the company really is the ‘workshop’s friend.’

To experience HELLA TECH WORLD please visit – www.hella.com/techworld. For more information about the OE quality products available from HELLA, please call customer services on: 01295 662400 or email hella.sales@hella.com

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HELLA WORKSHOP CALENDAR COMPETITION 2019

HELLA WORKSHOP CALENDAR COMPETITION 2019

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF HELLA

HELLA is looking for workshops that have ‘something special’ to feature in the company’s 2019 “Experts At Work” calendar to celebrate the dedication and commitment that technicians make to the industry globally.

HELLA, a world renowned manufacturer of automotive components and lighting solutions, is giving workshops the opportunity to enter the competition to show what makes their business extraordinary. Whether it is a team of excellent employees, working with exceptional cars or perhaps it’s in the most unusual location – HELLA wants to hear from you!

To enter, workshops simply need to send in a few photos that really showcase their premises or what makes it different, along with a short description of why they have got what it takes to be featured in the calendar.
The winners will receive a range of top quality prizes including an exclusive photo shoot by a professional photographer, as well as the international “Experts At Work” award from HELLA, with their pictures used in the calendar, which will be distributed worldwide. Last, but by no means least, the winners will also receive a fantastic package worth almost £500 for their workshops.

The competition is underway, but closes on 6th November 2017, so don’t delay, apply today! https://www.hella-contest.com/en

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GETAC LAUNCHES A140 TABLET FOR WORKSHOPS

GETAC LAUNCHES A140 TABLET FOR WORKSHOPS

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF GETAC

Getac has recently launched its A140 fully rugged tablet, designed with a leading automotive manufacturer.

“Working with our customers, Getac is continuing to develop devices that really meet their evolving needs. Now more than ever, automotive organisations are concerned with giving their workers rapid secure access to critical information, while working in a diverse range of challenging environments,” explains Chris Bye, President of Getac, UK. “The A140 delivers those capabilities to our customers.”

“Take for instance automotive technicians,” continues Bye. “With increased vehicle functionality comes increased complexity, so technicians need fast performance, the ability to quickly see more data displayed and to operate technology with disposable gloves or other protective wear. They are constantly on the move, so the A140’s optional multifunction hard handle serves as a support stand and cradle when stationary, and an effective way to grab-and-go when time is critical.”

The device offers the most robust suite of security features of any fully rugged tablet, such as TPM 2.0, which monitors and protects system start-ups by ensuring the device is tamper-free before releasing control to the operating system. Optional Absolute DDS allows the user to remotely disable the system if it is ever lost or stolen. Multifactor authentication options, including fingerprint, RFID or SmartCard readers, allow users to take full advantage of Microsoft Windows 10 identity and access control features, including Windows Hello, Microsoft Passport and Credential Guard.
Taking full advantage of Intel’s 6th Generation Skylake Core i5 and i7 processors, the A140 delivers the highest performance in its class. Combined with Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 technology, and a hot-swappable battery design, users will experience maximum around-the-clock performance.

The large sunlight readable HD display incorporates Getac’s revolutionary LumiBond® 2.0 touch screen technology that is more durable and readable and supports touch, rain, glove and pen touch modes. Durability is synonymous with the Getac brand and the A140 fully rugged tablet continues the tradition. The tablet is MIL-STD810G and IP65-certified to withstand drops of up to four feet and survive rain, moisture, vibrations, shock and extreme temperatures from -21°C to 60°C operating temperature and -40°C to 71°C storage temperature. It is backed by Getac’s industry-best, three-year bumper-to-bumper warranty that includes accidental damage and environmental exposure.

The A140 comes with a range of options, including a full HD webcam for crystal-clear video conferencing, an 8MP rear camera with LED flash for crisp images and video, and 4G LTE wireless for fast and reliable connectivity. A slim-profile vehicle dock maximises cab space and allows tri-pass-through antenna ports to simultaneously connect to high-gain WWAN, WLAN and roof-mounted GPS antennas.

For more information about the new Getac A140 fully rugged tablet, visit www.getac.co.uk.

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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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