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JAPANPARTS EXTENDS SENSOR OFFERING

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JAPANPARTS EXTENDS SENSOR OFFERING


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF JAPANPARTS GROUP

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ABS sensors. Pre-code: ABS- / 151- / 151

What is the ABS sensor for?
The ABS sensor – positioned on the constant-velocity joint or near the wheel hub – has the fundamental task of constantly updating the ABS control unit, reading the speed of each individual wheel through a cog wheel. The ABS sensor is the fundamental element in the braking system because, as it continuously communicates with the control unit, it significantly increases driving safety by stopping the vehicle in the quickest and safest way possible.

The ABS sensor transmits the tangential velocity – measured on the wheel – to the other systems. The electronic control unit processes this information (slipping or differences in velocity between wheels), activating the anti-blocking system on the brakes. If the ABS sensor detects a loss of traction on the wheels, the ABS system adjusts the pressure of the fluid in the individual cylinders and activates the pump that excludes the manual system and acts immediately on the brake.

Why to check the ABS sensor?
It is good practice, every 2 years, to check the electrical parts inside the braking system. The ABS braking system tends to deteriorate the most during the winter months, owing to the extreme weather conditions and the salt on the roads.

The main causes of replacement of ABS sensors may also be: damage from collision or accidental contact with the gravel found on the road, impact with the tone wheel owing to a bearing anomaly. If the sensor is broken, the entire ABS system is deactivated.

What are we offering?

With a coverage of 89% of the vehicles on the roads, Japanparts Group further extends its range of ABS sensors with more than 500 codes available for Asian, European and American vehicles, and add our range items that are usually difficult to find, such as cam shaft position sensors or crankshaft position sensors.

ABS sensors under the Japanparts, Ashika and Japko brands are guaranteed for 24 months, and offer a high-quality equivalent alternative to the original product, and are used in ABS, ASR and GPS systems. They are made with special plastic materials and have high quality electro-technical and electro-mechanical properties, which guarantee a high level of resistance. The sensors and connecting cables are capable of resisting extreme temperatures between -40 °C and +125 °C.

Click and download the ABS Sensor Catalog: http://www.japanpartsgroup.com/splash/page

The ABS braking system
What is the ABS braking system for?

When, in a dangerous situation, the driver brakes hard on the brake pedal, the wheels get stuck and skid over the road surface. This has the following results:

– A loss of directional control, with the vehicle swerving. – A lack of control of the vehicle. – An increase in the space required to stop. – Deformation of the tyres. – An increase in accidents.

When the brake pedal is pushed all the way down, the ABS system adjusts the pressure on the individual cylinders, in relation to the acceleration or deceleration of the wheels.

What are the advantages of an ABS system?

ABS stops the wheels from locking during the braking phase, therefore:

– Directional stability is maintained.
– The vehicle’s manoeuvrability is ensured.
– There is a reduction in braking distance. – The tyres are not damaged. – Many accidents are avoided.

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PAGID AWARDS WORKSHOP WITH £10,000 UPGRADE

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PAGID AWARDS WORKSHOP WITH £10,000 UPGRADE


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF PAGID

Pagid, the UK’s biggest braking brand and part of TMD Friction, has awarded a UK workshop a £10,000 upgrade, through its Workshop Winners campaign, which took place this summer.

ABP Motorsport’s Chris Meredith entered the Workshop Winners competition after purchasing Pagid brake parts from his local Euro Car Parts. After over 12,500 entries, Chris was drawn as the grand prize winner.

Chris was presented with the cheque for £10,000 by Head of UK Sales for TMD Friction Nick Hayes and Euro Car Parts Marketing Director, Bill Stimson.

The cheque allows ABP Motorsport to choose from the biggest range and best workshop equipment from Euro Car Parts Workshop Solutions – with Pagid picking up the tab.

Chris Meredith, Managing Director of ABP Motorsport, commented:

“I’ve been purchasing Pagid for over six years now. They were the first to coat their brake discs to prevent corrosion when standing still. I admire the OE quality, availability and the premium packaging. Our customers appreciate the way they look too.

“Lots of our equipment here at ABP needs upgrading, especially our MOT bay. The money will help us to make the necessary improvements and will kick start our bigger plans to make substantial investments to benefit our team and loyal customers.”

There have been many more winners in the Workshop Winners campaign too, with instant wins including 18-piece pneumatic wind back toolsets, 10-piece pro brake toolsets, Workshop Winners t-shirts and A3 retro signs.

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

“Workshops across the UK are working tirelessly day in, day out to serve their customers. Through our Proud to Fit garages, we already reward hard-working mechanics, but this summer we wanted to go one step further.

“Through the £10,000 ABP Motorsport has won, we expect to see a significant impact that will reward the garage for all their hard work. We are looking forward to seeing the effect this prize will have and the upgrades they make.”

Pagid will continue to support and reward UK garages with further promotions throughout the year. Keep up to date by visiting pagid.com and signing up to the newsletter.

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MADE IN CHINA: THE PLUSSES AND THE PITFALLS

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MADE IN CHINA: THE PLUSSES AND THE PITFALLS


Choosing where to site a factory is an issue that is as involved with peoples’ perceptions as it is with politics and cost

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China is a country where it is cheap and easy to have products manufactured, but there are a number of things to consider if you want to get involved. “My view on producing in China is that it is very good, but if you allow local engineers to do it, they will do it their own way” said David Houlden, MD of National Autoparts. “The classic is if you give them a drawing and it will come back differently, because ‘it is easier’”.

Houlden is clear on a solution. “To overcome that you do it yourself. You have people out there on a very regular basis and keep those people in the factories. We employ a UK quality company to be out there and check stuff as well as our own engineers are there on a regular basis”.

He adds that the two factories that his company uses are owned in a joint venture with a local partner.

SKILL SET
When National took the decision to introduce pads, a new skill set was required. “Metal we understand, but for friction we had to take on someone for two and a half years” he said. “We didn’t know a lot about pads, so we employed a consultant who had OE experience, who is heavily involved in anything we do”.

However, manufacturing on the other side of the world is not without its problems. Even if the product quality is consistent, there is an issue of logistics to consider. Colin Smit, UK MD of Polish manufacturer Lumag, which sells the Breck light vehicle pad range in the UK said: “I wouldn’t want to place an order with five months worth of stock all the way from China”.

“From here (in Doncaster) we have a 98 percent pick rate and we can place a daily delivery on the factory if we want to. It only takes three days to get the stock from the factory” he said, adding that the warehouse had quite a high stockturn and there was no reason to tie stock, and therefore cash, up in inventory.

Producing in Europe is markedly more expensive, something Smit admits to being ‘a difficult sell’ to customers that are simply focused on price. “It’s a premium product, not a white- box product. We are targeting customers of premium brands”.

Meanwhile, some brake components are produced even closer home and are remanufactured in the UK.Brake Engineering has produced in Wales since it was founded in the 1980s. However, the days of needing to accrue a big stockpile of core for one reference before you begin are in the past. “Traditionally, a remanufacturer would stockpile individual references in cages until there is a large enough batch for it to remake” said Steve Willis, IAM General Manager at the firm’s parent company. Today, Willis says that this notion is obsolete. “If the car is on a ramp and needing a part, the garage isn’t going to wait for us to assemble a core pile, they will go somewhere else – so it is critical for us to service the need as soon as possible and Wrexham is all about making sure the highest service level is maintained” he said.

 

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FACTORS SNAP UP TMD FRICTION’S PREMIUM TEXTAR BRAND

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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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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.

CORE
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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