Schaeffler’s technical manager Alistair Mason has addressed the practical health & safety issues of getting back to work, as well as several technical matters that are becoming increasingly relevant to workshops, and how the company’s Repxperts are helping technicians deal with these challenges.
Schaeffler (UK) Ltd. has appointed Philip Elson as operations manager at its automotive aftermarket headquarters and warehouse facility in Hereford. Phil Elson is a familiar face in the aftermarket, having spent over 17 years in a variety of senior management roles at MANN+HUMMEL, most recently as project director responsible for the integration of the WIX Filters brand after its acquisition in 2016.
Following the successful launch of its LuK clutch step-by-step replacement guides on the Repxpert online technical portal in March, Schaeffler UK is now adding more detailed installation guides – this time covering INA belt systems.
Schaeffler is promoting its Repxpert online technical platform for professional vehicle technicians with a new promotion. New and existing users of the Repxpert app have the exclusive opportunity to win a Ring RBS50 borescope inspection video camera. Connected to and powered by a laptop computer to show a direct feed, the RBS50 is waterproof and features two LED lights to illuminate the area around the probe. App users need mail a code within the app to email@example.com to enter. The code will be live until 3 July 2020.
It looks like a light has appeared at the end of the tunnel, as some of the lockdown restrictions begin to be eased. The latest government advice is that those who are able to work, but not from home, should now return to work. They are also advising commuters that it is their civic duty NOT to use public transport, and cycle, walk or use the car instead. As the average UK commute is almost an hour, lots of people will start to use their cars again.
Schaeffler has postponed the Repxpert Academy LIVE event planned for June 20th at Blackpool & The Fylde College. “The current restrictions on social distancing and mass gatherings mean that we have had to put all Repxpert Academy LIVE events on hold for now, so we are looking at other ways to help garages get ‘back on track’” explained Schaeffler Training Manager, Alistair Mason.
Schaeffler has hailed the first-ever Repxpert Academy LIVE event as a “fantastic triumph” after welcoming more than 70 technicians through the doors of Lincoln College. Following the inaugural event, Schaeffler has confirmed that the next Repxpert Academy LIVE event will take place at Basingstoke College on 25 January 2020. Other host venues planned during 2020 include Blackpool, Warwick and Swansea.
Schaeffler states that there has been a surge in sign-ups for the inaugural Repxpert Academy LIVE training day. The new ‘roadshow’ training concept, which is a joint venture with the IMI, will be held at approved college venues across the UK, with the first event taking place at Lincoln College on Saturday 16 November.
Winner of the INA Torque Challenge at Automechanika in June, Eddie Nazarov, enjoyed a fantastic weekend at Brands Hatch, where he and his wife, Innes, witnessed a Schaeffler victory during round-six of the DTM Championship.
Schaeffler has hailed its stand at Automechanika Birmingham 2019 as its ‘best ever’, following three days of exhibiting at the National Exhibition Centre, where it offered visitors a glimpse at the ‘garage of tomorrow’.
The stand, located in the OESAA village, featured a striking workshop setting with a Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM car, plus augmented and mixed reality exhibits. It certainly grabbed the attention of technicians and distributors alike, with feedback from visitors overwhelmingly positive.