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PUTTING A STOP TO BRAKE DUST

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PUTTING A STOP TO BRAKE DUST


By Greg Whitaker

The knives have been out for traveling by car recently. All around the nation, there have been scores of column inches devoted to the harm that small particulate matter does to our bodies – and if you live around London, you have probably seen some of the anti-car campaigns being run by the Mayor’s office as a new wave of legislation dictating what vehicles can be driven and when take effect.

It isn’t just smokey exhausts that have caught the attention of the powers that be. A cross-party committee called the Air Quality Expert Group has identified that tyres, roads and perhaps most notably, the dust from brake linings are a source of very small particulates which can cause problems with breathing and can also enter the water table easily when rain washes the dust from the road.

Scale of the issue

In one sense the problem is unlikely to be growing as hybrid and electric vehicles use regenerative braking, so the amount of wear on the pads is greatly reduced. However, as the amount of particulates from exhausts reduces, pollution from brake and tyre wear will increase as a percentage, with DEfRA predicting that 10 percent of transport emissions will be from these sources by 2030. In Germany alone it has been calculated that 10,000 tonnes of brake dust is scattered annually.

It might be easy to dismiss this issue as just rhetoric, but cases of lung diseases and asthma are on the rise and there is good evidence that it is the smaller particles, rather than the bigger sooty ones, that cause the most damage to the organs of the body.

So, what can be done? We asked a number of the 60 or so friction lining brands if they are taking any action on the issue.

Scott Irwin, Technical Trainer at TMD Friction, the company behind brands such as Mintex, Textar and Pagid, said: “With regards to pollution through tyres and brakes overall, there are currently no official limits or common methods of measurement. It is much more difficult to provide these guidelines than it was for emissions from exhaust pipes because brakes are open systems”.

He added that his company has around 800 materials to choose from. “Our raw material portfolio management team proactively researches and tests suitable new raw materials that are not harmful to people or the environment when processed or when used in the brake system,” he said, adding that TMD is a member of the UN’s Particle Measurement Programme which is dedicated to address the issues of non-exhaust related emissions from vehicles.

New materials

Most people know that asbestos was used in making brake pads and shoes until it was, quite sensibly, banned from use donkey’s years ago. Perhaps less well known is the use of copper wire to make the friction material bind together. Copper isn’t in itself harmful, but when ground into a fine power, the metal can get into the bloodstream where it is toxic.

Copper is being phased out, and some companies have already removed it entirely from friction linings. However, others have kept it in the mixture and will do so until required to do so by law.

Matt Leeming a Manager at aftermarket braking brand Juratec noted that his company had discontinued use of copper and other heavy metals some time ago, but the problem is spread wider: “Of course, governments are looking to go further than just restricting the use of some of the more problematic ingredients of brake pads. It has been established that this wear debris, or particulate matter, which is a mixture of both pad and disc debris ranging in particle size from under 100 micrometres to approx. 0.1 micrometres, with some of it falling in the critical respirable range of 10 to one micrometres” he said.

By comparison, a human hair typically has a width of about 50 micrometres.

“To reduce particle emissions further will require a much broader approach across a number of fronts so we are seeing special hard coatings being applied to the surface of brake discs to reduce their wear rates and of course carbon-ceramic discs offer reduced wear albeit at a significantly higher cost” Leeming furthered. “The automotive industry is also exploring partially enclosing brakes and fitting them with filters in order to capture the bulk of particulate emissions so the likely final outcome will be a combination of measures”.

The filters referred to by Leeming are being developed by companies including Mann+Hummel based in Germany. The firm recently exhibited a working model of a brake dust filter, which featured in the firm’s company magazine. For the filter media the engineers opted for a metallic based web. The fibers are resistant to corrosion and are able to withstand the high temperatures on the brake. Several German magazines have also shown pictures of the filter, built on as part of the brake mechanism, being tested on various new VWs, suggesting that VMs might include the design on new vehicles in the near future.

Some firms are further down the road of removing metal from brake pads than others. A few we spoke to would only say that the binding agent would be removed ‘when the time comes’, i.e when required to do so by legislation and herein lies the problem of cleaning up the mixture used in brake linings.

There is scope for development, but with so many brands fighting for space on the factor’s racking, there needs to be rules and clearly repeatable tests introduced that everyone must follow.

Trains a problem too

Don’t think that simply avoiding cars and taking the tube will be an answer to keeping clear of brake dust particulates. Filter brand Mann+Hummel has reported that longer visits to underground railway stations can also be harmful to health. Measurements in the London underground system, for example, have registered air pollution with inhalable particles in the range of 500 to 1,120mg per cubic metre, which compared to the EU’s guideline of 50mg is off the scale. A tunnel cleaning train used to be in service, but it was withdrawn and plans for a replacement were quietly dropped.

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PROMO: TEXTAR LAUNCHES HYDRA TEC


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Textar, has expanded its range of brake installation and maintenance products with the launch of Hydra Tec.

The new lubricant has been specifically created for hydraulic components in brake and clutch systems and is ideal for lubricating cylinder working surfaces, pistons and sealing elements. This makes it overall easier to install hydraulic brake components in the caliper.

Hydra Tec also protects working surfaces and other metallic components against corrosion thanks to its water-repellent properties. The formula prevents brake seizure when utilised correctly, keeping all the brake components protected and moving as required.

Scott Irwin, head of technical training at TMD Friction, said: “Hydra Tec is the ideal solution for mechanics when lubricating the caliper’s moving parts. To utilise the paste effectively, we recommend applying a thin, even layer to the working surfaces of the brakes, minus the brake pads, and avoiding using mineral oils as substitutes as the constituents can cause seals to swell and adversely affect the functions of the caliper.”

Available in 180 millilitre tubes, Hydra Tec is compatible with EPDM caoutchouc rubber and commercially available brake fluids including DOT 3, DOT 4, DOT 4LV and DOT 5.1.

Textar, which is manufactured by one of the global leaders in brake friction technology, TMD Friction, covers 99.9% of the UK car parc and includes pads, discs, accessories and brake fluid available for next day delivery.

 

As a global premium brand offering a selection of OE and aftermarket products, Textar has an established reputation for high quality, performance and endurance. This makes it the brand of choice for factors and garages.

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TEXTAR BRAKE PADS ACHIEVE RESULTS IN AMS BRAKING TEST

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TEXTAR BRAKE PADS ACHIEVE RESULTS IN AMS BRAKING TEST


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Global OE friction manufacturer, TMD Friction, has proved the quality of its Textar aftermarket brakes in an AMS braking test that scored Textar above the competition and original equipment manufactured material (OEM).

An Audi A5 and VW Passat Variant test vehicles were loaded to the permissible gross vehicle weight along with two passengers. The car was brought to a standstill by braking from a speed of 100 km/h ten times in a row. The first and the tenth braking applications were evaluated to provide information about the characteristics of the brake pads when they were cold and hot.

Textar competed against three competitor brands and the respective OEM material, with both test vehicles equipped with ex works. Overall, Textar achieved the best results compared to the competitors’ products and the VW Passat Variant scored even better results than the OEM material. The Audi A5 with Textar brakes performed identical to the OEM material, for cold and hot braking, and was the most stable performer in comparison with its competitors. The difference between the first and tenth braking application was only 0.2 m, the same as the amount achieved by the brake pad fitted as part of the original equipment from the manufacturer. The biggest deviation by a competitor was 2.8 m.

For cold braking, Textar brake pads and all three competitors achieved even better results than the OEM material. For hot braking, nearly every brake pad except one beat the OEM pad in terms of braking distance. Textar was the supplier with the lowest deviation between the first and tenth braking application, only 0.2m, compared to a competitor with 8.7m which corresponds to two vehicle lengths.

The internationally accepted AMS test was originally developed by automobile magazine, Auto Motor Sport. TMD Friction performed the test within the scope of the benchmark series, to secure and expand the high quality and performance of its products based on the results gained.

Vincenzo Di Caro, Product Engineer of TMD Friction, said: “Today, in a time of high-tech, high-performance cars and increasing traffic, brakes have to generate maximum performance with speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour. Significant testing cycles are also very important to us in order to check and improve our products. The AMS test shows one of many examples of Textar placing great importance on safety as well as removing prejudice by demonstrating that aftermarket brake pads can be even better than OE products when dealing with original spare parts.”

TMD Friction launched its premium brake brand, Textar, to the UK market aftermarket earlier this year. The full range of products cover 99.9% of the UK car parc and includes brake pads, discs and accessories, including brake fluid, available for next day delivery. The launch of Textar passenger car provides the aftermarket with a superior braking product, complementing the long-established Textar brand dedicated to the OE sector.

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SUCCESS FOR TEXTAR BRAKE DISCS


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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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PAGID AWARDS WORKSHOP WITH £10,000 UPGRADE

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PAGID AWARDS WORKSHOP WITH £10,000 UPGRADE


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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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FACTORS SNAP UP TMD FRICTION’S PREMIUM TEXTAR BRAND

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FACTORS SNAP UP TMD FRICTION’S PREMIUM TEXTAR BRAND


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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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TEXTAR LAUNCHES PREMIUM BRAKE PADS WITH DAMPENING SHIM


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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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PAGID GIVES THE AFTERMARKET THE ‘BIG PICTURE’

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PAGID GIVES THE AFTERMARKET THE ‘BIG PICTURE’


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Pagid, the UK’s biggest-selling braking brand, has announced the results of its major review of the automotive aftermarket, after surveying 1,000 mechanics nationwide.

‘The Big Picture’ is Pagid’s mission to understand the challenges facing workshops in the automotive aftermarket in 2017. The extensive survey investigated the perceptions of what technicians look for when choosing brake parts, their opinions on braking brands, the biggest challenges mechanics and workshops faced in 2017, and more.

The results revealed a reassuring result for road safety with product quality featuring as the most important factor when looking for a braking brand. Forty-four per cent of those working in garages agreed with this, thoroughly beating price – with only 16% of respondents placing this as the most important factor.

When questioned on issues and pressures facing the automotive industry, the results showed that costs, finding reliable suppliers, attracting customers and coping with demand were all present in garages’ concerns for 2017.

There was good news for Pagid in the survey, with 94% of those surveyed ranking Pagid as either excellent or good, and of those 61% ranked Pagid as excellent. Meanwhile, 76% of garages said they buy Pagid always or often.

 

Sadie Jonas, Business Development Manager IAM at Pagid, commented:

“The results of our survey into the automotive aftermarket industry provided insights that we can all learn from, so it was important for us to share the results with the industry as a whole. The Big Picture survey helps garages and workshops see what their contemporaries braking brand preferences are, and what industry issues they face in 2017

At Pagid, we are continually developing our products and range for our valued customers, so it’s vital for us to listen to them to understand their issues, discover what they look for in braking, and find out how we can make their workdays more efficient”.

The survey also enabled respondents to add their own comments on the industry and on braking brands, with David Harrison of Walsh Vehicle Repairs in Mansfield stating, “Pagid are fit and forget. I have never had an issue”, and Joe Bird of Gmech Motors in Reading saying “Pagid are probably the best there is, always a perfect fit, and top quality performance on every car.”

The Big Picture review of the automotive aftermarket will now be an annual survey to discover the latest industry challenges and automotive developments for each year.

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BREAKING: TMD FRICTION REINSTATES ANDREW PAGE SUPPLY

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BREAKING: TMD FRICTION REINSTATES ANDREW PAGE SUPPLY


The following statement has been issued to CAT from TMD Friction UK:

 

Following the recent sale of Andrew Page to LKQ Corporation, TMD Friction UK has been in discussions with the company to agree a deal to reinstate its relationship to distribute Mintex products.

Steve Firbank, managing director of TMD Friction UK, said: “We have a strong relationship with LKQ and it was a natural progression to strengthen our relationship with the company for Andrew Page to distribute our Mintex products.

“As well as working closely with our independent partners across the UK, the agreement with LKQ will ensure a wider distribution network for Mintex that has become a product of choice for garages.”

TMD Friction will also launch its Textar product into the UK market in 2017. Textar is a premium original equipment product and will offer factors and garages an alternative brand.

Andrew Page had been amoung the largest distributors of TMD products, but the latter had ceased supply in the wake of Andrew Page’s well-publicised financial trouble.

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PAGID COMPETITION GOES LIVE


Instagram_4Brake brand Pagid has launched a summer competition for the month of July. The draw has prizes including a beach holiday for two at the Blue Bay in Mauritius, indulgent Radisson Blu weekend hotel breaks, as well as some very cool Ray-Ban sunglasses.

To enter the comp, trade customers just need to make a Pagid purchase from Euro Car Parts in July, and then register their purchase on the dedicated ‘Pagid Summer Brake-Away’ website. Customers can enter as many times as they like as every Pagid purchase counts – so the more products bought, the more chances to win.

Customers need to retain their invoice to register the purchase on the website (and to claim prizes). Terms and conditions are on the organiser’s website.

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