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  1. We are seeking repairers for our new “Eco Green Team”

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    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 sales@ecorepairsystems.co.uk to find out more details.

     

  2. PDR means profit when it comes to the T-HotBox

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    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.

  3. Nitrogen is key to cleaner, greener plastic welding

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    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.

    For more information on our plastic fusion system click here.

  4. Our new video highlights Speedline glue-pulling system

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    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.”

  5. How to do your bit to save plastic waste, and boost profit at the same time!

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    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.

    To see our full range of plastic repair equipment click here.

  6. Rent the HYGIENE system from Eco Repair Systems and sanitise any work environment in just a few minutes

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    • Available now to buy or rent
    • Any units ordered before the end of February include a five-litre supply of disinfectant for free enough to sanitise 25 cars.
    • Easily portable weighing just 10kg

    Click here to watch a video of the HYGIENE at work

    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

    *based on a minimum three-month rental agreement.

    To find out more email sales@ecorepairsystems.co.uk or call 07834 620464 / 07866 961766

  7. Take it steady with those panel repairs

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    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 (sales@ecorepairsystems.co.uk) for more details.

  8. Make the most of your PDR investment

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    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.
  9. Five things to remember before embarking on aluminium panel repair

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    High aluminium costs mean it makes sound economic sense to repair rather than replace a damaged panel wherever possible.

    But before getting stuck into repairing aluminium damage, we encourage repairers to ensure they know when to repair and when to accept that replacement may be the more appropriate option.

    Because aluminium panels tend to be more expensive than their steel counterparts, there’s an even more compelling argument for the economics of repairing rather than replacing them. However, a more extensively damaged aluminium panel cannot be put right by stretching and filling in the way that steel can be, so in this situation, a panel is more likely to need replacing.

    5 important points to remember when repairing aluminium

    1. Not all aluminium is the same. So it’s vital that you identify the type you’ll be working with, and that you understand how it will perform.
    2. With aluminium, there’s no going back! Unlike steel, aluminium forgets its original form once it has been reshaped.
    3. Aluminium is strengthened when it’s bent or squeezed. This is known as ‘work hardening’. Because it’s an alloy, its crystalline structure becomes more complex and less slippage can occur. However, as well as hardening, it’s more likely to split or crack if too much force is applied.
    4. Some like it hot. To repair and pull a damaged area of aluminium, you’ll need to get the panel temperature right up to around 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius) to allow the metal to anneal sufficiently to rework.
    5. Save the panel if you can. By using a comprehensive aluminium dent-pulling system such as Eco’s ALU-Flatliner, you can save more panels AND push more labour hours through your workshop.

    As aluminium is finding its way into more and more car parts, it makes sound business sense for repairers to ensure their technicians have the right skills and equipment to capitalise on the opportunities for profitable aluminium repair.

  10. For fast, effective glue pull, stick with Speedline from Eco!

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    Speedline is fast, flexible and strong, whether you have a small or more significant dent to repair.

    A brand new glue pulling system is now available from Eco Repair Systems. The Speedline system joins the line-up of technology designed to help technicians work precisely, efficiently and swiftly on a range of steel and aluminium repairs.

    Speedline is available in three versions: Eco, Business and Pro. It can be configured as a single comprehensive system for use across the whole workshop, or as several satellite systems, ideal for individual work stations in busier repair shops.

    Each system consists of various sizes of pull knob to deal with different types and severity of damage. Both straight and flexible Speedline strips are available, the latter for use on curved or round surfaces.

    Glue pull allows technicians to remove dents from the outside of vehicles by applying specially-formulated hot glue to a plastic tab. The tab is then applied to the damaged area, where once cool it can be pulled away from the panel with a mini-lifter or slide hammer to move the damaged area out.

    Eco managing director Trevor Ferris commented: “Glue pull plays a vital role in the repair workshop, whether for steel or aluminium panels. That’s why we are excited to be offering Speedline, which we know will quickly earn its keep.

    “Speedline is fast, flexible and strong, whether you have a small or more significant dent to repair. For a small and simple repair, S=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.”

    Click here to download our exclusive glue repair brochure

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    We have launched a glue-pull promotion to coincide with this new product. Any repairer buying two packs of glue sticks (priced at £27.65 each) will also receive a new glue gun (costing £18) free of charge. Just order the glue as normal in the shopping cart*

    *This promotion is available only once per customer.