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FACTORS SNAP UP TMD FRICTION’S PREMIUM TEXTAR BRAND

FACTORS SNAP UP TMD FRICTION’S PREMIUM TEXTAR BRAND

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF TEXTAR

Three new stockists have been secured following April’s launch of superior brake brand, Textar, to the UK market, developed by global OE friction manufacturer, TMD Friction.

Parts distributors, BMG, Super Spares and Direct Auto Parts now stock a full range of Textar products including brake pads and accessories, as well as brake fluid, available for next day delivery. The range of high-performance brakes is also complemented by a wide range of brake discs, including high carbon and composite discs, with the full range covering 99.9% of the UK car parc.

Textar is a global premium brand offering a selection of OE and aftermarket products with a renowned reputation for high quality, performance and endurance. This makes Textar the brand of choice for OE and aftermarket, as well as a sought-after product offering for factors and garages.

Nick Hayes, UK Sales Manager of TMD Friction, said: “Expectations were high for the launch of Textar which, I’m pleased to say, have been undoubtedly met. Along with securing three new stockists, we also have a number of factor contracts in the pipeline, that can see how the Textar passenger car brand can elevate their current product offerings. It’s an exciting time for us as a friction manufacturer and for the industry.”

Utilising cutting-edge technology, Textar brakes are precision engineered to offer maximum safety, performance and comfort. This uncompromising approach has been the ethos of the brand for more than 100 years and has led to Textar being a trusted partner to the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers. For more information on Textar please contact UK.technical@tmdfriction.co.uk.

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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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MICHELIN: EASY WAY TO INCREASE YOUR CUSTOMERS’ SAFETY

MICHELIN: EASY WAY TO INCREASE YOUR CUSTOMERS’ SAFETY

PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF MICHELIN

 

MICHELIN OFFERS AN EASY WAY TO INCREASE YOUR CUSTOMERS’ DRIVING SAFETY

Few factors impact driver and passenger safety more than driver visibility, and the best way to ensure safe driving is to have a clear and unobstructed view through the windscreen.

Studies show that the majority of motorists’ driving decisions are based on how well they can see the road, and driving in poor weather conditions, such as rain, sleet, hail or snow, significantly increases the risk of collision.

That’s where the innovative MICHELIN Stealth Hybrid wiper blade can make the difference between clear and safe – or unclear and unsafe.

Design that drives excellence
MICHELIN Stealth Hybrid wiper blades are durable, high-performing and quiet, bringing together the best performance components of traditional and frameless blades.

They combine the latest in wiper blade technology with MICHELIN’s unique ‘Smart Flex’ technology, to create a blade that adapts to the windscreen’s shape for superior contact and clear vision.

MICHELIN Stealth Hybrid wiper blades incorporate five key design features to deliver superior performance, time after time:
1. Riveted smart hinge delivers optimum wipe performance by holding down each end of the wiper on the windscreen.
2. Smart Flex secondary system ensures better windscreen contact across the entire length of the wiper blade.
3. Spring-loaded technology provides enhanced responsiveness across the windscreen.
4. A durable cover protects the blade from ice, snow and road debris, helping to extend blade life.
5. EZ-LOK connector system means blades are quick and simple to install in minutes – so driver safety is never compromised.

Improve sales – and satisfaction
Specifying MICHELIN Stealth Hybrid wiper blades is a powerful opportunity for garages to maximise both sales and customer satisfaction.

As more and more OEMs move to hybrid blades, MICHELIN is the brand that consumers know and trust to deliver superior performance and quality. The sleek, modern styling of the Stealth Hybrid wiper blade appeals to consumers, making it a smart choice for customers and a more profitable opportunity for garages.

 

For more information call: 01206 808158

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TEXTAR LAUNCHES PREMIUM BRAKE PADS WITH DAMPENING SHIM

PROMOTIONAL CONTENT ON BEHALF OF TEXTAR

Global leader in OE brake technology, TMD Friction, has developed Textar Q+, an innovative dampening shim to provide the ultimate noise reduction, which is now available on a wide range of its premium Textar brake pads.

As an OE supplier, TMD Friction has an established reputation for excellent braking performance and as modern vehicles become quieter, the company is continuously developing new technology to reduce brake noises.

An established but also complex possibility to prevent the transmission of brake noise from the brake pad to the brake system is the use of dampening shims on the backing plate. They prevent direct contact between brake pistons and backing plates. Thus vibration transfer will be effectively dampened.

Textar has extensively developed these dampening shims with the innovative textile-like texture, which dampens and decouples the brake pad effectively from other braking components. The texture is complemented with a unique adhesive to further enhance the dampening function, as it also dampens high frequent vibrations. These unique components are called Q+, meaning ‘quiet’, while the ‘+’ symbolises the improved dampening characteristics. Textar Q+ dampening shims can be easily identified through the textile surface structure as well as the imprinted Q+ Logo.

Scott Irwin, technical manager at TMD Friction, said: “Being at the forefront of technology is one of TMD Friction’s objectives and the Textar Q+ is the latest in a long line of innovations to help improve the driving experience for customers worldwide.”

Comprehensive tests, including a dynamometer test and on the road test, showed significant comfort improvements with Q+. The best results will be achieved when new Q+ brake pads are combined with Textar brake discs as these components complement each other.

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WHICH INDUCTION HEATER DO I NEED?

WHICH INDUCTION HEATER DO I NEED?

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF INDUCTION INNOVATIONS

Induction heaters use magnetic flux to quickly heat ferrous metal and some aluminium parts, but which one is right for your application?

Our portable induction heater, the Mini-Ductor® Venom™, uses 1,000 watts of power, so when you do you need 2,000 watts of power provided by the Inductor® Pro-Max™?

To answer these questions, we’ve developed this handy guide to give you clarity.

Induction Heating Applications

The entire line of induction heaters from Induction Innovations® is ideal for removing parts that are corroded, rusted on, stuck on with adhesives or threadlock compound, or are otherwise sealed. Some examples:

• Agricultural & Farming Equipment (e.g. combines): Inductor Series
• Bonded Trim: Inductor Series with the Fast-Off Pad
• Brake Bleeder Nuts Removal: Mini-Ductor Venom
• CNC Machine Repair (spindles, rotary tables, nuts, bolts, etc.): Mini-Ductor Venom
• Corroded Exhaust Removal: Mini-Ductor Venom
• Door Skin Removal: Inductor Series with the Fast-Off Pad
• Exhaust Manifold Bolt Removal: Mini-Ductor Venom
• Flywheel Bolt Removal: Mini-Ductor Venom
• Graphics Removal: Mini-Ductor Venom
• Inline Connector Removal: Mini-Ductor Venom
• Lug & Wheel Nut Removal: Mini-Ductor Venom
• O2 Sensor Removal: Mini-Ductor Venom
• Rusted Nut Removal Near Fuel Lines: Mini-Ductor Venom
• Seatbelt Bolt Removal: Mini-Ductor Venom
• Soft Dent Removal: Inductor Series with Concentrator attachment
• Spray-On Bedliner Removal: Inductor Series with Concentrator attachment
• Steering Bolt Removal: Mini-Ductor Venom
• Tie Rod End Steering Nut Removal: Mini-Ductor Venom
• Trucks or Heavy Duty Equipment (including king pins): Inductor Series
• Windshield Removal: Inductor Series with Glass Blaster attachment

The thickness and type of ferrous metal determines how much wattage is needed to heat the part. For removing parts in the application below, more than 2,000 watts may be needed. This where the Pro-Max™ tool is ideal:

• Aerospace
• Construction
• Marine
• Military
• Rail

PROMAX Kit

Additionally, induction heating can be used to harden automotive parts to decrease wear and increase their lifespan. It can also be used to expand bearings so they can be mounted on an axle or other type of rod. These applications require either a service, hot plate or more sophisticated induction heating equipment.

Need help?

If you need to remove ferrous metal parts and still aren’t sure what you need, contact us and we’ll point you in the right direction.

12 month’s interest free on purchases over £500

To help spread the cost of your Inductor order, you can now receive 12 month’s interest free credit on purchases over £500. For more information, please call 01953 859138 or email info@theinductor.co.uk or visit www.theinductor.co.uk

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MINI DUCTOR VIDEOS FILMED AT ENGINEERING COLLEGE

MINI DUCTOR VIDEOS FILMED AT ENGINEERING COLLEGE

PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF INDUCTION INNOVATIONS

A local college’s automotive engineering garage facility has been used to film some of the new application videos for the Mini-Ductor® Venom™ induction heating tool. Norwich City College’s School of Engineering has an excellent garage facility and its students study a range of courses including the Apprenticeship in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair and the BTEC Level 3 Diploma Vehicle Technology.

The new videos and photography cover a wide variety of applications to remove rusted or corroded exhaust bolts, stubborn O2 sensors, rusted suspension bolts, brake bleeder nuts and more. The photos and videos are used in step by step articles and advice guides and you can watch the videos here https://www.youtube.com/user/theinductoruk

Ian Baragwanath from The Inductor UK, the Mini-Ductor’s UK distributor said, “We’re keen to work with educational establishments, such as City College, to give the next generation of automotive technicians the chance to develop their skills and knowledge to be effective within the vehicle maintenance sector. Induction heating tools give students the opportunity to learn about the health and safety and efficiency benefits of using such innovative tools in the workshop vs conventional methods.

“The College’s garage facility was the perfect venue for shooting the new videos. The feedback we’ve received has been very good and we plan to work with other educational establishments to demonstrate the benefits of the Mini-Ductor® Venom™.”

Steven Smithurst, Lecturer at Norwich City College’s School of Engineering said, “Safety on the workshop floor when I have 15 students to supervise is paramount and the Mini-Ductor® Venom™ means that students can be left to heat components without the dangers of oxy-acetylene torches. It is a really useful tool simple to use and can be used in a number of different situations.

We carry out a lot of wheel alignments for staff members and the venom makes seized track rod ends a lot easier to free off without the danger of naked flame around driveshaft gaiters etc. The students have also used the Mini-Ductor® Venom™ on a number of exhaust components and found it really easy to use and replacement of exhausts and components a lot easier and quicker to carry out.

To find out more about the Venom, visit www.theinductor.co.uk or call 01953 859138 or email info@theinductor.co.uk

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REMOVING EXHAUST MANIFOLD BOLTS WITH EASE

REMOVING EXHAUST MANIFOLD BOLTS WITH EASE

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF INDUCTION INNOVATIONS

Removing exhaust manifold bolts is often a lengthy, difficult and frustrating task. The nuts securing the bolts rust easily and as they are usually placed in inaccessible areas, it’s very hard to remove them. Heating the part with a naked flame in this area is not advised either!

Fortunately, a safe and efficient tool is available to make the job easier. The innovative Mini-Ductor® Venom™ handheld induction heating tool uses invisible heat which heats ferrous metal (containing iron), and some non-ferrous metal parts in seconds. This allows all types of adhesives bonded to metal, bonded with thread lock compound and seized hardware to be removed and released much quicker and more safely than by traditional naked flame heating.

Made in the US by Induction International Inc., the Venom™ is becoming known as a ‘must-have’ tool for professional mechanics.

Why use induction heat to remove an exhaust bolt instead of the naked flame method?
The Mini-Ductor® Venom™ tool has multiple benefits that keeps technicians safer and it helps remove problem parts quickly and easily:

  • Safety – The coil itself doesn’t get hot; instead the energy is created by an electromagnetic field between the two sides of the coil which creates a friction in the molecules of the metal which causes it to get hot. Induction heating is a much safer alternative to an oxy-acetylene powered naked flame, which often cannot be used in sensitive areas, such as exhausts
  • Works fast – typically, the rust and corrosion is broken down in 15-20 seconds.
  • Parts can often be reused and there’s no costly collateral damage to the area surrounding the problem part, which would happen with a naked flame.
  • All of the above leads to increased productivity and profits

6 easy steps to remove tough Exhaust Manifold Bolts

Induction International Inc. has produced a series of step-by-step video guides to demonstrate some key applications for the Venom™

You can watch this video at www.youtube.com/user/theinductoruk and here’s the key steps you need to follow to remove rusted and inaccessible exhaust manifold bolts.

Equipment needed: Heat resistant gloves, overalls, goggles and a respirator mask (if smoke will be produced from heating).

Knowledge required: A well-reviewed proficiency of the tools safety and operating instructions.

Step 1


Select Correct Coil
Bendable coils come in various sizes.

Step 2


Bend Coil to Fit
For easy access to the nut. The coil provides good access to the nut and fit around the part without touching it.

Step 3


Attach Coil Using Twist Lock™

Step 4


Heat the Nut for 15-20 seconds
Be cautious not to overheat or turn red hot.

Step 5


Use a selected tool to unscrew the bleeder nut, such as a spanner
Dispose of excessively heated hardware.

See the Venom in action at Automechanika Birmingham

If you’re attending this year’s show, pop along to the Sykes-Pickavant stand, 17A9, for a live working and controlled demonstration of this highly innovative tool.

To find out more, visit www.theinductor.co.uk call 01953 859138 or email info@theinductor.co.uk

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MINI DUCTOR VENOM SHOWCASES AT AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF INDUCTION INNOVATIONS

The highly innovative version of the Mini-Ductor® induction heating tool, the Venom™, will be demonstrated on the Sykes-Pickavant stand, 17A9, at this year’s Automechanika Birmingham.

The Mini-Ductor® Venom™ generates Invisible Heat® to release ferrous and some non-ferrous metals from corrosion and thread lock compounds without the dangers of an open flame. The tool can be used for a wide variety of applications and 19mm nuts are turned hot in around 15 seconds.

Tom Gough, President of Induction Innovations, Inc. the tool’s manufacturer says, “Venom’s features allows users to repair vehicles and equipment faster, safer and more profitably, and to salvage parts normally discarded.”

Visitors to Automechanika will be able to see the tool in action, in a controlled working environment. Rob Hawker, Product Development and Training Manager for Sykes-Pickavant says, “This is a truly unique tool – a must have for automotive technicians. We’re looking forward to showing visitors how it will help transform the way they work.”

Special coils offer
All Mini-Ductor® Venom™ orders placed by the end of April 2017 will come with a free coil kit worth £125 + VAT. Place your order and claim your free coil kit by calling 01953 859138 or emailing info@theinductor.co.uk

To watch an overview of the Venom™ in action, visit The Inductor UK’s YouTube channel and view the product spec at www.theinductor.co.uk

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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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A/C IN NEW VEHICLE MODELS REQUIRE A GREENER GAS

A/C IN NEW VEHICLE MODELS REQUIRE A GREENER GAS

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF AUTODATA

R134a is 1,430 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide (CO2). New vehicles are required by law to use a greener refrigerant. Is your workshop prepared?

R134a has been used in the automotive industry for over 20 years. When compared to the progressive development of today’s vehicles and advances in other fluids and lubricants used in the motor industry, change in AC refrigerants is long overdue.

In 2011, the European directive 2006/40/EC came into effect. The new law required all newly designed cars and vans built for use in the EU, and equipped with air conditioning (AC) must use a refrigerant with a global warming potential (GWP) of 150 or lower.

The GWP scale measures how much energy a gas absorbs compared to the same quantity of carbon dioxide (CO2), over 100 years. The higher the number, the bigger the problem! CO2 has a GWP of 1, so the limit set by the European directive for new vehicle refrigerants is 150 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide (CO2).

R134a, the automotive industry’s refrigerant of choice before the new law was introduced, has a GWP of 1,430. With its global warming potential significantly higher than the amount set out by the new law, a new refrigerant had to be sourced to replace R134a.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) was considered due to its extremely low GWP, but test results revealed that it worked poorly in very hot climates and required much higher operating pressures. This raised concerns in the industry about safety and the increase in fuel consumption. A new refrigerant that met the requirements set out by the directive was eventually identified. HFO-1234yf or R1234yf, as it is commonly known, has a GWP of just 4. So, it’s easy to see why this refrigerant was selected to replace R134a.

When R1234yf was first introduced into the automotive industry, there were safety concerns about the new refrigerant’s flammability. However, due to the environmental benefits of a gas with such a low impact on the atmosphere, simple solutions have been adopted to utilise this gas. To ensure that the repair industry is aware of R1234yf’s flammability, refrigerant labels contain a flame and some manufacturers have even included this symbol on the service connector cap.

The service connectors are almost identical to those used on the R134a predecessor, but subtle differences ensure dedicated R1234yf charging systems must be used to prevent cross contamination, as these refrigerants cannot be mixed.

Can you spot the subtle differences between R1234yf (left) and R134a (right) service connectors?

Due to the large number of R134a equipped vehicles, dual charging stations are available to cater for the legacy refrigerant as well as the ‘new kid on the block’, R1234yf. These consist of separate refrigerant tanks and hoses for evacuating and charging the AC circuits.

For those that already own an R134a charging station, specific R1234yf equipment is also available, making it an attractive proposition for workshops looking to delve into the R1234yf market.

However, the cost of the new refrigerant is currently significantly higher than R134a. Workshops offering recharge services should be mindful of this when planning any fixed price offers. For those looking to offer AC charging for the first time, any technician carrying out this work will also need to be F-Gas certified.

Autodata’s dedicated Service Air Conditioning module, provides technicians with all the manufacturer approved technical information required to safely and effectively service AC systems using both types of refrigerants. To find out more and to try Autodata today, visit www.autodata-group.com.

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