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PROMO: QUALITY COUNTS WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRUNCH

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PROMO: QUALITY COUNTS WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRUNCH


PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF BM CATALYSTS

BM Catalysts Commercial Director Mark Blinston discusses why quality always wins in the battle against cost

Reassuringly Good

At BM Catalysts we pride ourselves on our reputation for quality. Years of dedication to doing things the right way, as well as continuously investing in people, processes and production techniques, means that we’re now in a market-leading position despite the seemingly endless uncertainty around the UK’s exit from the EU.

Whilst recent times have seen other businesses looking at ways to consolidate or even scale back their operations, our long-term strategy of continuous investment and improvement sees us in a unique position where we can continue serving our customers the high levels of quality and service they have come to expect from BM Catalysts, even in uncertain times.

BM Catalysts Commercial Director Mark Blinston

Increasing Regulation

The automotive industry itself is continually looking to tighten its grip on quality standards. The Department for Transport is focusing more scrutiny on the quality of parts, and by default the processes, of our sector, primarily through the work of the Market Surveillance Unit of the DVSA. This includes taking a closer look at manufacturers and distributors producing and supplying non-compliant (or even sub-standard) parts. Legislation leaves little room for interpretation when it comes to culpability. Whether a part is being made, sold or fitted, we all have some responsibility in ensuring that the right part is supplied for the right vehicle, and that parts conform to both regulatory standards, as well as those required for the vehicle itself.

Assuring Quality

If a good cataloguing system is being used properly, it’s now virtually impossible to order or supply the wrong part. However, factors are often still using the practice of cross-referencing to try to find cheaper alternatives, and it is here that the risk of error creeps in. Type approval cannot be simplified to similar parts from different manufacturers being direct alternatives. Just because a BM part and a competitor’s part can both be used on one vehicle, for example, it doesn’t mean that they can both be used on all of the vehicles that the BM part is type approved for. Homologation is much more specific than that and should be taken seriously. You have to ask yourself, if the alternative to one manufacturer’s part is not listed in the cataloguing system but seemingly has a cross reference, why is this?

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The Answer to the Quality Question

We’ve built our reputation for exceeding expectations in all areas, including ensuring that we are compliant when it comes to legislative requirements. We’re proud to consider ourselves a supplier that our partners can rely on to deliver the right product at the right time, with a stringent focus and commitment to quality being at the forefront of everything we do.

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EMISSION PARTS PRODUCER LOSES COMPLIANCE CASE

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EMISSION PARTS PRODUCER LOSES COMPLIANCE CASE


A case described as a ‘landmark’ has been won by DVSA against a Hampshire-based emission parts manufacturer.

The ruling, described as the first of its kind, against EEC (European Exhaust and Catalyst Ltd) took place at Portsmouth Magistrates Court and concluded on Monday 28 October, resulted in a criminal conviction for the company and a £3,000 fine.

The court also ordered the company to pay costs totalling £10,460 and a statutory surcharge of £170.

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The parts were diesel particulate filters and were supplied for Euro 5 vehicles when they were only approved for Euro 4 vehicles and did not have a label on the physical product containing the words: ‘ILLEGAL TO SUPPLY FOR VEHICLES APPROVED TO EC REGULATION 715/2007’.

DVSA’s Head of Vehicle Engineering, Neil Barlow said: “Motorists expect that replacement parts available on the aftermarket meet the right specifications for their car. This is the first successful prosecution of its kind. We hope it sends a clear message to other parts manufacturers and distributers that they must sell their products in line with the law or face prosecution.”

The offences relate to the supply of parts that were not approved for the vehicles for which they were supplied for and without the required legal markings.

The judge at the hearing commented that this was a very difficult case for sentencing as it was the first ever prosecution of its kind, but he wanted to bring home the seriousness of offences of this nature in light of emissions and the environment.

READ: ROW ERUPTS OVER CATALYST TYPE APPROVAL

Parts manufacturers and distributers must ensure their products meet the necessary standards and are correctly marked and approved for the vehicles or engine types that they are intended for.

 

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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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