Comments Off on Congratulations to Net Zero Network’s first webinar winner
The newly-formed Net Zero Network hosted its webinar this month, covering the requirements for implementing an effective, compliant net-zero strategy and also achieving PAS 2060 carbon-neutral certification.
As an extra incentive for attending, there was an opportunity for one participant to win a portable ‘Hygiene’ sanitising unit from Eco Repair Systems, worth £499.
The lucky winner was John Wake of Grimshaw & Wake, Hampton, Middlesex. John is pictured with the unit, which was delivered the very next day. A copy of the picture is attached.
The webinar was hosted by Dom Napier, an industry expert who specialises in measuring and reducing carbon footprint, PAS 2060 carbon neutral certification and putting in place an effective net-zero strategy. Dom recently signed an agreement with the team from Eco Repair Systems to spearhead the Net Zero Network.
The Net Zero Network has been formed by Eco Repair Systems to help repairers do more for the environment whilst ensuring they achieve early compliance with the latest climate legislation.
Comments Off on Say a safe ‘goodbye’ to lockdowns – with a 25% saving on Eco’s HYGIENE portable sanitising system
Eco Repair Systems is playing its part to help keep repair business premises and customer vehicles safe. As a way of supporting repairers during the gradual release of COVID-19 restrictions, the specialist supplier is offering its portable HYGIENE unit for sale at a 25% discount until 31 May 2021.
This means repairers can purchase a system for £374 (plus VAT) instead of £499.
The HYGIENE system works by atomising a disinfectant on surfaces. Using a medical-grade air compressor, HYGIENE sprays the disinfectant where it’s needed and in the right concentration.
It’s ideal for use in reception areas and waiting rooms, as well as in office environments, on office equipment and on all areas of customer vehicles.
Eco managing director Trevor Ferris commented: “Along with every business, Eco is hoping that the Prime Minister’s road map out of lockdown restrictions will continue as scheduled. We understand the need to support each other and work together, so that repair teams will be safe – and customers will once again feel confident about bringing their vehicles in for repairs.
“Regular and effective sanitising and disinfecting techniques to limit the spread of the coronavirus are now vital across all areas of a business: the workshop environment, customer vehicles and the ‘goods in’ department are three areas where a thorough and frequent sanitisation is so important.”
Comments Off on We are seeking repairers for our new “Eco Green Team”
We are looking to create a network of loyal customers to help publicise the excellent work they do in repairing more and replacing less.
Members of the new network, to be known as the ‘Eco Green Team’, will benefit from comprehensive business support from Eco in publicising the repair work they do.
Trevor Ferris explained: “Our plan is to build a bespoke network of repairers who use our systems and share our values of repairing more and replacing less, as well as showing a longer-term commitment to a carbon-neutral working environment.
“Our role in the Eco Green Team will be to showcase the excellent work done by these repairers every day. We want to ensure it’s recognised as good practice by insurers and fleet operators as pressure builds across the industry to stop throwing away components that can be repaired safely, effectively and economically.”
As well as promoting the skills and services of Eco Green Team members to work providers and fleet operators, we will also offer exclusive discounts on equipment purchases and consumables as well as social media and marketing support.
Any business generated through the Eco Green Team operation will be arranged directly between the repairer and the provider.
Keep checking our website and social media for further updates to the Eco Green Team, or call us on 07834 620464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more details.
Comments Off on PDR means profit when it comes to the T-HotBox
If you’re keen to boost the profitability of your workshop, check out what you can achieve when using our class-leading paintless dent removal equipment.
Let’s face it, most vehicles that come into a bodyshop have additional small dents, most of which could be dealt with using our highly capable T-HotBox PDR system.
No repair workshop should be without T-Hotbox. It’s simple to use and high effective on the reduction and removal of dents, without the need for any painting or refinishing.
Your technician gets to choose the power level and the duration of heat application – anything from 20% right up to full power, and from half a second right through to four seconds. This means precise control over heat delivery and no risk of damaging the paint.
Add a powerful hand-held or portable PDR Light and some great training videos and you’re well on your way to a good source of profit.
Your technicians will be well aware of what PDR can do – as well as what it can’t do. But why not take advantage of the opportunities. Talk to us today about our T-HotBox range, and check out our latest rental deals.
Comments Off on Nitrogen is key to cleaner, greener plastic welding
We have just published a short podcast episode setting out the environmental and economic benefits of using nitrogen when repairing plastic.
In the short video, Eco managing director Trevor Ferris sets out the problems caused by the presence of oxygen during a welding operation, and puts forward the benefits of using hot nitrogen.
Why use nitrogen?
Using traditional heat guns causes the plastic to burn, leading to the creation of toxic fumes and compromising the integrity of the finished weld.
Introducing our nitrogen welding system allows a technician to eliminate all the oxygen from around the site of a weld, using the nitrogen as a shielding gas. This means the plastic cannot burn and there are no potentially harmful contaminants created.
It also means a much purer, stronger weld with no oxidisation.
Repair techniques required for Eco’s Plastic Fusion technology are simple and quick to learn. Access to Eco’s bespoke online training course is included in the price of any purchase or rental of the equipment.
Technicians will swiftly be able to undertake a wide range of consistently top quality plastic repairs on bumpers, wheel arch liners, headlamps, wing mirror housings and other plastic parts.
Comments Off on Our new video highlights Speedline glue-pulling system
A new video from Eco Repair Systems is now available, demonstrating the effectiveness of its brand new Speedline glue puller technology.
The video, lasting less than five minutes, follows a technician through a repair using the Speedline system, from the first steps of marking out the damage, right through to glue application, pulling the damaged area and knocking down any remaining high spots.
Glue pull plays a vital role in any repair workshop, allowing technicians to remove dents from the outside of vehicles by applying specially-formulated hot glue to a series of plastic tabs. These tabs are then applied to the damaged area, where once cool they can be pulled away from the panel with a mini-lifter or slide hammer to move the damaged area out.
Trevor Ferris, managing director of Eco Repair Systems, said: “The key advantage of this kind of repair technique is that it preserves most if not all of a vehicle panel’s original finish, therefore requiring little or no paint or filler.
“The integrity of any panel rust protection and coatings applied by the manufacturer is maintained, and the only additional work is likely to be in knocking down any highspots and applying minimal amounts of filler, primer and paint.
“Speedline is fast, flexible and strong, whether you have a small or more significant dent to pull out.
“For a simple repair, simply glue on the pull-knobs, then let them cool and ease them up with the Speedline mini-lifter. Complete the job by knocking down in the usual way.
“When you’re looking to reduce larger areas of damage, you can also obtain excellent results from Speedline, particularly when you use it in combination with some of Eco’s other panel repair tools and techniques.”
Comments Off on How to do your bit to save plastic waste, and boost profit at the same time!
Repairing plastic is not only the right thing to do, it’s a key profit opportunity for your business
As plastic content on vehicles increases and pressure grows in every sector to reduce the amount of plastic thrown away, to it makes sound business sense to invest in the right repair process and equipment.
Properly embracing plastic repair represents a great opportunity for repairers to sell more labour hours and increase gross profit. But to do it well, you need to understand how repairable plastic is and ensure your technicians are confident with the various repair methods available.
Eco managing director Trevor Ferris points out that plastic content on vehicles has increased a lot in recent years, and continues to increase.
“The opportunity to repair more is significant especially when you think that parts make up 65 per cent of an average repair invoice.
We know that some repairers have been put off by the inconsistent quality of plastic repairs, which can lead to costly re-works. But identifying the particular plastic to be repaired, and focusing on the correct repair process, minimises the risk of re-works.
Of course it’s important to follow manufacturer-approved methods, but almost all plastic is repairable to its original standard, as long as the correct repair process is used for the type of plastic being repaired.”
When repairing, did you know there are two types of plastic to consider?
There are two sorts of plastic to consider: thermoset and thermoplastic. They have a different composition and behave in different ways during the repair process, but by matching the repair material to the substrate material, differences in expansion and contraction rates between the two, particularly in the oven, are reduced or eliminated. This ensures a lasting, high-quality repair.
Compare a bumper from a modern car with its counterpart a decade or older. Today’s bumpers contain a line-up of ADAS sensors and gadgetry, meaning any repair has to be very precise to ensure there is no risk of compromising the effectiveness of any built-in safety technology.
Lane assist and pedestrian detection are just two of the common systems that are now being packed into the vehicle’s bumpers. That’s one of the primary reasons why it’s critical not to increase the thickness of the substrate around the area of the repair, and why metal staples should only be used to stabilise a repair.
As a rule, staples should always be removed before refinishing, to avoid the risk of interfering with system sensors.
Advances in plastic repair technology, including Plastic Fusion Welding System, ensure strong plastic repairs, using nitrogen to increase the integrity and strength of any weld. Plastic Fusion repair techniques are relatively simple and quick to learn, and technicians will swiftly be able to undertake a wide range of consistently top quality plastic repairs on bumpers, wheel arch liners, headlamps, wing mirror housings and other plastic parts.
Keeping customers and team members safe during the Covid-19 pandemic is a priority for all businesses
HYGIENE works by atomising a disinfectant on surfaces. Using a medical-grade air compressor, HYGIENE sprays the disinfectant where it’s needed and in the right concentration.
It’s ideal for use in reception areas and waiting rooms, as well as in office environments, on office equipment and on all areas of customer vehicles.
Eco managing director Trevor Ferris commented: “All repair businesses want to keep their team members and customers safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That’s why regular and effective sanitising and disinfecting techniques to limit the spread of the coronavirus have become so important across all areas of a business.
“It’s not just in the workshop environment and customer vehicles that the highest standards of cleanliness need to be maintained. Think about parts and other items arriving on a daily basis… repairers really have no control over these, so it’s vital to ensure they are included in a thorough sanitisation programme.”
Rental of a HYGIENE unit from Eco costs £83 per month* or the unit can be purchased at a price of £499+VAT
Comments Off on Take it steady with those panel repairs
Eco’s Innopuller, provided as part of its Flatliner and Slimliner panel systems, is the ideal tool to provide controlled and precise repairing of damaged metal. This is because exact pulling heights can be set and adjusted easily with the turn of a single screw. Innopuller can also be used for more serious damage as well as for precise finishing work to minimise the need for filler.
Trevor Ferris, managing director of Eco Repair Systems, said: “Every technician values the opportunity to complete panel repairs without the need to spend time on lengthy strip and refit routines.
“Innopuller helps achieve this, and in most cases avoids the time and mess involved in rubbing down filler for paint.”
A brand new comprehensive online training programme is now included in the purchase price of both the Flatliner and Slimliner systems. Please contact a member of the Eco sales team (email@example.com) for more details.
Comments Off on Make the most of your PDR investment
Anyone seeking to boost the profitability of their workshop this year should look closely at the opportunities offered by good paintless dent removal (PDR) equipment, according to Eco Repair Systems.
The majority of vehicles that come into a bodyshop for repair have additional small dents, most of which could be dealt with using an effective PDR system such as Eco’s T-HotBox, alongside a good hand-held or portable PDR Light.
This allows repairers the opportunity to offer their customers a cost-effective option to reduce or remove them.
“T-HotBox offers a simple yet highly effective process for profitable reduction and removal of small dents, without the need for any painting or refinishing,” explains Eco managing director Trevor Ferris.
“We believe any experienced PDR technicians will quickly appreciate what T-HotBox can do and how to get the most from it. They will also understand its limitations.
“For example, its primary purpose is to assist in the reduction or removal of dents, particularly if they are small or soft. On the other hand, it will not remove sharp dents and it won’t correct stretched metal, even on very small areas.”
Ensuring optimum levels of lighting is a vital part of the PDR process, in particular during the initial and final inspections. Eco’s range of cordless and plug-in reflective lamps are designed to be easily adjustable and to give wide and continuous light bands, while using only small amounts of electricity.
Eco’s tips for best PDR lighting
There are three main aspects to consider when setting up a light for damage analysis. This is one of the main problem areas for anyone new to this type of repair method.
Don’t place the light too close to the panel you’re inspecting. Make sure the light sits so that no part of a dent is in shadow. Towards the end of a repair, move the light further away as this will better show the general area and any imperfections.
Always make sure the light is parallel to the surface you’re repairing.
Change the light angle after you have completed most of a repair. This is because the dent can’t be seen completely from one side.
Innovative solutions to ensure you deliver consistently top quality automotive repairs
We are passionate about getting the right equipment into your workshop and ensuring you get the very best use from it - and the best return on your investment.