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PAGID – HELPING THE AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS OF TOMORROW


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Pagid, the UK’s biggest-selling braking brand, is helping the next generation of motor mechanics by supporting automotive courses at Further Education colleges in the UK.

The latest college to benefit is Kirklees College in West Yorkshire, and Pagid has provided the Motor Vehicle department with a demo car for students to carry out brake fitting and repairs. Pagid has also taken part in the College’s Employability week with a guest lecture about apprenticeships and careers in the automotive engineering sector, and has invited the students to its braking performance testing ground in West Yorkshire.

The Pagid branded car is a Citroen C5, originally chosen as a demo car due to the fact it has an unusual front handbrake, and Pagid hopes that it will teach students the necessary skills and versatility when they are fully qualified.

It is based at the college’s specialist state of the art Engineering Centre, which includes maintenance and fabrication workshops, CNC and mechanical workshops, demonstration areas, classrooms, a large automotive workshop and spray booths.

Sadie Jones, Business Development Director IAM at TMD Friction said:

“At Pagid, we like to do our bit in helping the mechanics of tomorrow. The automotive department at Kirklees college is doing some great work, and it is rewarding to watch the students learning their brake fitting skills on the car we have provided.

We also supply Pagid technical bulletins and training materials to assist their studies and hope that it will all help them qualify with motor industry qualifications and succeed in the workplace”.

James Halligan, Curriculum Team Leader for Motor Vehicle at Kirklees College:

“The automotive students at Kirklees College are certainly grateful to Pagid for the loan of this demo car, and for the advice and other support it has supplied.

It’s so useful for our young people to be practising their skills on real cars, so Pagid’s initiative is most welcome in Further Education institutes such as ours. They also talked to the students about future careers and invited them to Pagid’s Proving Ground, where they can learn how braking performance is tested. It’s all great experience and knowledge that will pay off when it comes to examination time”.

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PAGID, FOR A CLEANER FUTURE


Pagid is pushing for a cleaner future, after ensuring 95% of all Pagid brake pads sold by Euro Car Parts are copper free.

The move to copper free pads in such quantities, massively reduces the amount of fine particle emissions emitted over time, and means Pagid pads are now greener than ever.

Fine particle emissions are caused by copper being included in the makeup of brake pad production. As the pads wear down, fine particles are released into the air, which can be washed into the sea and harm marine life.

By investing €30 million annually into research and development, Pagid has led the way in reducing braking emissions to meet US “Better Brakes Rules” regulations, and to create a better and cleaner future for all.

Sadie Jonas, Business Development Manager at Pagid, comments:

“Pagid’s focus is to get people from A to B safely, and our quality brake parts do that job well. Being responsible from an environmental point of view is also very important to us, and a cleaner environment is very much a part of our mission.

“Through our annual €30 million investment, we have been able to remove copper entirely from 95% of brake pads sold through Euro Car Parts. Our brand may be blue, but our pads are now greener than ever.”

Find out more about Pagid at pagidprofessional.co.uk and order Pagid brake pads exclusively at your local Euro Car Parts.

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KEEPING REMAN AT THE CORE

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KEEPING REMAN AT THE CORE


Tom Curtis shows CAT around Shaftec’s HQ in Hockley

Long-established brake and steering remanufacturer Shaftec has been on a multi-million pound expansion programme over the last few years, having relocated the majority of operations from its previous Nechells site to a modern 42,000 sq ft. industrial space in 2015. The move has since enabled the Tecdoc data supplier to double its production and stock capacity, supplying over 6,000 drive shafts and 1,300 CV joint references to the aftermarket, backed-up by a recent brand and website revamp. This is where we met with Shaftec Sales Director Tom Curtis who took us through the day-to-day operation.

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Our first stop began at the delivery depot where staff carried out their daily runs to collect and return old core for a second chance of life. However, there is a mandatory procedure to undertake before products are restocked on the shelves. “Our drivers go and collect the core which is booked in electronically”, said Curtis. “Everything has to come back in Shaftec boxes for two reasons, one, it’s easy identification because it’s got our part number on it and we know what parts are in the box, which is checked with images when it comes back in. Separate to that, the driver’s sheet will tally up the return with what’s in the box so they can match up to each part”, adding that the firm will usually receive up to 20 pallets a day.

CHECK-IN
Parts brought back are checked- in individually through the company’s online booking system. With many components to get through, Curtis and the team have adopted a quick and efficient process that incorporates separate check-in points for each product category. A check-in station is also utilised for stock not fit for remanufacturing which is something crucial that Curtis is trying to make customers aware of. “We’re traing customers to look for the right returns. In turn, our customers are training garages to make sure that when something comes back off of the car that it’s fit for remanufacturing” Curtis continued. “Things like this can carry a £100 surcharge and if you reject them, it’s going to cause upset so we try to educate our consumers as much as we can from that perspective”.

Calipers await a second life

PRODUCTION
The next phase involves bringing components to the production benches where operators will strip down driveshafts and calipers to bare metal, before adding in new pistons, seals and CV joints later on. Before this can be executed, parts must first enter a deep clean process via the Shot Blasting Machines to remove all traces of rust and grease. “The Shot Blast Machines will take rust off to make it a clear part and we’ll use a Soda Blaster System for more intricate parts where rust gets into certain areas of the component”, said Curtis. After this, the casing gets a fresh coat of paint.

ORDERS
The firm can process up to 300 orders a day managed through Shaftec’s in-house production system. This provides staff with a run down of all the components required for each customer purchase. The system follows a similar set up to core check-in whereby operators will construct driveshafts and calipers at separate assembly points along with computer systems, assisting them with the essential CV and outer joints needed for each customer order. Curtis elaborated. “Our IT system tells operators what they have to build and what model the CV joints are. Our programme also tracks the status of who’s building it and how many are being built each day”.

Before ending up in Shaftec branded packaging, calipers are pressure tested in all car conditions and receive a part number after the all clear. “We have three testing machines to test each caliper before it’s boxed up” said Curtis. “Like a traffic light, it either passes or fails and typically 1/100 will fail and end up in scrap”.

MOVING FORWARD
Once our tour finished, Curtis explained that the firm’s next agenda is increasing stock capacity further by building another mezzanine floor to cater for its steering portfolio. He concluded. “We almost have all of our wares in-house but eventually, we want to bring the remaining units from our Nechelles site into this space with the addition of a new mezzanine floor for steering racks and pumps”. The supplier has also said it has taken on more electrical steering systems as hybrid and Connected Car technology becomes more commonplace in the years to come.

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PAGID CUSTOMER WINS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME TRIP

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PAGID CUSTOMER WINS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME TRIP


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF PAGID

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Pagid, the UK’s biggest-selling braking brand, is sending one lucky customer on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the world-famous Ice Hotel in Sweden!

Jari Nordman from LCV Hire Solutions in Loughborough will soon be off to the Arctic Circle for an amazing four-day trip that includes a dog-sled wilderness adventure, an expedition to search for the magical Northern Lights and of course, a stay in this unique hotel carved from ice. The all-expenses paid trip includes return flights, accommodation, excursions and refreshments throughout.

To win this incredible prize, Jari simply registered his recent Pagid purchases from Euro Car Parts on pagidwinter.com and was lucky enough to bag the first prize. Fifteen prizes were available in total, with runners up receiving Pagid limited edition ‘The North Face’ winter jackets or Pagid ‘Ready for Anything’ winter packs.

Sadie Jonas, Pagid Business Development Manager IAM said, “As market leaders, Pagid takes its responsibilities seriously and for this reason, we developed a full winter driving campaign to help spread the message of safer driving in hazardous conditions. The Pagid Winter competition is all part of Pagid’s commitment to garages, workshops and mechanics to give something back to our loyal customers, and to stay engaged with our audiences”.

Pagid would like to thank all competition entrants and remind customers to stay tuned to Pagid’s websites and social media channels – search for ‘Pagid UK’ on Facebook and Twitter – for more great opportunities during 2017.

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HOW TO REMOVE RUSTY BRAKE BLEEDER NUTS WITH THE MINI-DUCTOR VENOM

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HOW TO REMOVE RUSTY BRAKE BLEEDER NUTS WITH THE MINI-DUCTOR VENOM


PROMO ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF INDUCTION INNOVATIONS

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The new Mini-Ductor® Venom™ induction heating tool improves workshop health & safety, saves time and reduces costs by being more efficient at removing rusted, corroded parts than by using a naked flame or other methods.

For example, corroded brake bleeder nipples are notoriously tricky to remove and it’s easy to accidentally break them off. Because of where the brake nipple is situated, using a torch is not really an option as the flame would melt the part and possibly the ball valve, with the risk of flammable brake fluid being released. Damage to the tyre, plastic trim and other ancillaries could well occur too.

The Mini-Ductor® Venomsolves the problem
The tool uses bendable coils which provide good access to the part and fit around the nipple without touching it. The coil itself doesn’t get hot. 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. There will be some residual heat passed on to the coil, but it doesn’t actually get hot itself. This is one of the major USP’s of the tool as it means that wires and other components aside the area that is being heated don’t get damaged.

The process
Heat the part for around 15 seconds, which expands the nipple, then let it cool for around 20 seconds before attempting to remove it. This process may have to be repeated 2/3 times, but be patient and don’t be too heavy handed; a few minutes of using the Venom™ will save hours of grief and extra cost if the nipple breaks.

The step by step guide can be found below, but in the first instance it’s a good idea to clean the area and remove any corrosion with a wire brush. Ensure the coil you select is a good fit for the nipple, with the appropriate angle applied.

  • 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.

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Step 1: Fit Correct Size Coil

Coils come in different sizes.

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Step 2: Bend Coil to Correct Shape
Makes fitting easy.

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Step 3: Attach Coil Using Twist Lock

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Step 4: Heat the Nut for 15-20 seconds
Be cautious not to overheat or turn red hot

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Step 5: Use a selected tool to unscrew the bleeder nut.
Dispose of excessively heated hardware.

To watch a video of this step by step guide, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwG9s1b1A70

Special Offer
For the month of February 2017 all orders for the Mini-Ductor Venom will receive a free coil kit worth £125 + VAT.

To order, or to find out more about the Mini-Ductor® Venom™ and its wide variety of applications, call 01953 859138, email info@theinductor.co.uk, or visit http://www.theinductor.co.uk

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LATEST: BRAKEWORLD IN ADMINISTRATION

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LATEST: BRAKEWORLD IN ADMINISTRATION


Leeds-based supplier Brakeworld entered administration on January 31. The company had been trading since 1986.

The independently owned braking and filtration supplier started as Blaze Glow Ltd in 1981, but changed name and business model in 1986 to become Brakeworld. At the time of closure, the company supplied over 7,000 lines and stocked brands including Japanparts, FTE and Sofima.

We’ll bring more info as we get it.

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CHANGING TIMES FOR BRAKE PADS

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CHANGING TIMES FOR BRAKE PADS


Overseas’ and EU regulations has seen a range of old and new braking technologies come into play, writes Daniel Moore

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The steady growth of the UK parc along with VMs’ consistent goal to downsize engines in line with emission laws, has contributed to numerous technologies being changed on the vehicle’s braking system.

EMISSION LAWS
There is a law that will soon be introduced in the US, which bans the use of chopped copper wire as a binding agent. There’s a perfectly good reason for this: Jonathan Allen, Motorparts Regional Manager at Federal- Mogul, explains: “Heavy metals build up in the water table. You can’t just remove copper from a component for one state or one country, it applies to a vehicle platform on a global basis where the copper has to be progressively removed from the brake pads”.

Federal Mogul removed copper from its pads some years ago, before the threat of legislation had become real, as had Delphi. SJ Sarkar, a Manager for Braking at the firm, “We have removed the copper from our brake pads, years ahead of the 2025 legislation but whilst still meeting the same rigorous safety standards” he said. “Our new formulation offers improved fade performance, and unlike some other brands, retains all its life too”.

It almost goes without saying that it is fundamental for brake manufacturers to conduct test protocols to evaluate the strength and performance of the replacement part, making sure it measures up to a prescribed tolerance of 15 percent of the OE part it’s replacing. Julie Boardman, Product Manager at Quinton Hazell, elaborates: “Any references introduced to the aftermarket from 1st November 2016 are now subject to this approval and our Quinton Hazell brake disc suppliers are 100 percent committed to this”. Dr. Keith Ellis, a Braking Director at Comline points out that R90 will no longer just apply to pads. “R90 regulations will become applicable to brake discs in the very near future, and Comline is already well down the line in certifying its product range. Again, as with pads, each disc is put through a uniform set of tests to guarantee the quality of
the product” he said, adding that all brands would take time to be fully compliant.

CORROSION PROTECTION
Of course corrosion is inevitable, but workshops can apply metal-free greases to prolong the service life of old and new brake parts entering the market as Scott Irwin, Technical Manager of Mintex highlights, “We can counteract corrosion by using a metal-free grease like Ceratec and apply it to the moving parts such as the calliper sliders and pads abutments.” He continued: “We can also stop the build up of corrosion by applying the grease to the underside of the abutment shims once the pad carrier has been cleaned down”. With the new standards and suppliers using different methods of producing high- quality products, the stage is set for a range of improved products that motor factors can tell their customers about.

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GO OE THIS WINTER FOR SAFE BRAKING


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PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF PAGID PROFESSIONAL

The winter can be harsh. Treacherous conditions are rife, and driving in the rain, snow or ice can bring about many accidents. While driver skill plays a part, equipment often plays a bigger role. There’s no point in having the reaction speed of a caffeinated fox when the vehicle’s brakes are shot.

To help explain this to your customers this winter, Pagid is working with garages across the UK to help them give the best care and advice to their customers, whilst also providing upsell opportunities. One such opportunity is for brakes, and ensuring brake pads are up to scratch for those awful winter conditions.

Sludge, dirt and salt, during winter, are not a brake’s best friend. They can all build up inside vital brake parts, affecting performance and corrosion. So, the best friction is required to prevent this from happening, and ensuring brakes work effectively, even in the wet, snow and ice.

Pagid’s first recommendation is to ask customers if they have felt or heard any symptoms that may alert you to worn or damaged brakes. Squeaking, clicking or grinding noises can all point to issues, as would a shuddering or pulling sensation when braking. These are clear signs that brake maintenance (and likely replacement) is in order.

Another opportunity to ensure customers are ready for anything this winter, is to offer to check through customer brake parts as part of a winter check. Looking especially close at the condition across the axle to avoid a potential spin. Ask your customers if they’d like a full brake check when they come in for other work, to help make sure they are as safe and ready for winter elements.

Of course, if new parts are required, always choose the OE-approved braking solutions, such as Pagid. These will ensure that your customers will be best placed to avoid or safely negotiate hazards during the tricky winter conditions. They’re OE-approved for a reason.

With cover for 99% of vehicle makes and models, and have excellent availability, service and support, Pagid delivers the complete braking solution for winter brake parts. Explaining this to your customers will reassure them that Pagid is the best choice for winter braking. For more advice on winter braking, visit www.pagidprofessional.co.uk.

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TRW NOMINATED FOR IAAF SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARD


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF TRW AFTERMARKET

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TRW Aftermarket has been nominated for the award of ‘Car Supplier of the Year’ by eminent industry body the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The winner will be announced in front of almost 600 of the sector’s most influential figures at the IAAF Annual Dinner held at the ICC Birmingham on December 15.

TRW Aftermarket, the leading global supplier of OE quality Corner Module – braking, steering & suspension – parts and systems, is one of 19 suppliers nominated for this award. The IAAF awards are especially meaningful within the UK aftermarket as they are voted for by its members.

As part of a global automotive powerhouse, TRW Aftermarket directly translates OE knowledge, technology and innovation into its Aftermarket offer. The nomination not only reflects its leading Corner Module portfolio and the commercial benefits of dealing with one supplier, but the added value extras which make it the partner of choice across the UK aftermarket, such as: Tech Corner, its free on-line technical resource, membership of the automotive Diamonds customer loyalty programme and innate industry knowledge which enables the brand to meet ever changing market requirements.

To vote, IAAF members should access www.iaaf.co.uk click on the link and follow the step-by-step guide to choose their preferred supplier. All votes must be registered by 18th November. Distributors will judge suppliers using a set of criteria in categories such as: quality, performance, range, availability and marketing and sales support.

TRW’s UK marketing manager, Kevin Price, commented: “To be nominated for this award is an honour. There are many outstanding brand names operating within the UK, so the standard of opposition is incredibly high.

“As a global brand and all that offers, including: increasing manufacturing footprint, worldwide industry expertise and technical innovation, we are very proud to have retained a local perspective.”

Kevin concluded: “This nomination reflects the hard work and relationship building which goes on behind the scenes on a day to day basis, and we are thrilled to be nominated by an industry body that shares our ethos for a safe, ever developing, open and transparent UK aftermarket.”

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TRW LAUNCHES SEMI-COMPOUND BRAKE DISCS


PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF TRW AFTERMARKET

trw-aftermarket_brake_discTRW Aftermarket has introduced a range of high-performance two-piece (Semi-Compound) brake discs, designed to enhance safety and performance and extend endurance levels in heavier, more powerful vehicles.

This news was announced at this year’s Automechanika, Frankfurt. It further strengthens TRW’s position as the leading supplier of Corner Module (braking, steering & suspension) parts and systems by highlighting its commitment to offering a safer drive across all classes and weight of vehicle.

The initial range of Semi-Compound discs totals 24 part numbers and caters for various BMW models (Series 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, X5 and X6).

Semi-Compound brake discs consist of a corrosion resistant aluminium hub, joined to the grey cast iron friction ring by special steel pins. This construction allows the heat generated when braking to spread freely, preventing the disc from distorting due to thermal stress.

The use of aluminium also makes the part lighter. This reduces the unsprung mass which decreases fuel consumption and makes the vehicle smoother to drive and easier to handle.

Kevin Price, Marketing Manager, TRW Aftermarket explained: “As a global leader in automotive braking, we strive for the perfect solution for every class and weight of vehicle.

“As vehicles become ever faster and more powerful – as well as heavier due to the increasing number of additional mechanisms to aid safety and comfort – the braking system is subjected to greater and more exacting demands.”

With the consequences of brake discs overheating ranging from reduced performance through to total failure, intelligent thermal management is playing a key role in brake disc development.

Kevin continued: “We utilise a multitude of methods to dissipate heat in a deliberate and controlled way. This is vital to prevent the heat being transferred to other components or the brake fluid.

“By designing and developing a wide range of OE technologies, including braking systems, for the majority of vehicle manufacturers including braking systems, we understand how each component within a system can affect the others. We therefore appreciate that for maximum benefit and performance, all parts have to be developed to work in harmony.”

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