Snap-on Diagnostics has appointed Julian Woods as Under Car Product Lead with specific responsibility for Snap-on’s recently introduced new workshop equipment range. In his new role, Julian will be responsible for the new Snap-on range of lifts, tyre changers, wheel balancers and wheel aligners which were introduced in January this year as a result of strong customer demand. Snap-on Diagnostics’ VOSA-approved Sun VIC 3000 ATL Automatic Test Lane has now been added to the under car range and this now also becomes Julian’s responsibility.
Founded in 1963 with the image of an eagle with its wings spread, Mondolfo Ferro specialises in the production of car tyres changers, wheel balancers, lifting platforms, wheels aligners, brakes and suspensions test benches, and exhaust systems analysers. Keen to publicise its innovative qualities, Mondolfo Ferro will be at the Autopromotec 2009 with its new wheel service products.
The Aquila Raptor is the new tyre changer with lever-less technology for mounting and demounting, making it possible, the company claims to eliminate risk and fatigue for the operator. It also believes the machine is operated intuitively helping to increase efficiency, rapidity and safety when operating on the rim or on the tyre. The Raptor boasts a centralised control console, a double-disc vertical bead breaker unit, which allows the bead breaking operation in the work position, and a safe and rapid wheel blocking pneumatic system.
The TBE 160 Matic truck tyre changer will also be presented. Conceived with lever-less technology, the machine can work with wheels with a rim diameter of up to 60” and a blocking system for the central hole of up to 110 mm. The main advantages of the TBE 160 Matic consist of the automated demounting tool and bead breaker. The machine also includes a self-supporting frame that guarantees greater freedom of movement for the operator by increasing the spaces around the machine.
Ranger Products has announced that the launch of its new range of “robust and reliable” tyre changers and wheel balancers will be accompanied by a special team of installation and after sales demonstration engineers. The company believes that “a lot of the problems workshops have when they buy wheel service equipment for the first time is that personnel do not know how to use the equipment correctly.” It hopes that by offering additional technical advance, workshops will experience fewer problems with fitting and balancing modern tyres and wheels.
Based in the Hampshire town of Alton, Ranger Products provides nationwide service from its depots in the north and south of England.
John Bean and Hofmann, brands within Snap-on Equipment, have unveiled their new cabinet designs and equipment overhauls for the company’s ranges of wheel aligners, balancers and tyre changers. Hofmann has redesigned its high specification monty 3300 racing tyre changer, in order to allow it to handle run-flat and ultra high profile (UHP) tyres, while the John Bean range of aligners now features ergonomically designed cabinet fittings.
Offering an extended warranty is just another way of extending customer services and demonstrating confidence in quality says Beissbarth UK’s managing director Philip Hodges. The company has just announced that it is extending its UK warranties to two years on all wheel aligners, wheel balancers and air conditioning units.
Hunter Engineering recently filed a patent infringement action against Hennessy Industries. On April 30, Hennessy issued this statement:
“Earlier this month, Hunter Engineering filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Hennessy Industries. The suit alleges infringement of Hunter patents relating to a balancing system marketed by Hunter under the SmartWeight brand name.
“Hennessy Industries disputes the merits of the suit, and intends to vigorously defend its right to market EconoBalance (EB) technology in its Coats brand wheel balancers.” (Tire Review/Akron)
Gloucestershire based Haweka UK Ltd claims to be able to balance any wheel on any machine in the world, and the company recently had this weighty declaration put to the test when presented with a balancing conundrum nobody else could master. It all began with a telephone call…..
(Tire Review/Akron) Hennessy Industries has introduced the three new tire/wheel balancers – the Coats 775, 875 and 1175. Hennessy said the hree new models were designed to help tire dealers add revenue and generate repeat business. “These new balancers are ideal first or back-up machines for shops that want to keep balancing services in-house,” said Don Vanderheyden, Hennessy’s group marketing manager for wheel-service solutions. “All three models have self-calibration accuracy to within 1/100 of an ounce, making balancing fast and efficient, even for a new technician.”
The three new space-saving balancers also include features found on more expensive machines, said Hennessy, such as an integrated LED matrix display, which provides technicians with a keypad and easy-to-read visual cues to help promote proper balancing techniques and faster bay turnaround times. The Coats 775 can handle tyres up to 100 pounds; the Coats 875 and 1175 models were designed for larger volumes, holding tyres as heavy as 130 pounds and 150 pounds, respectively.
Wheel & tyre equipment specialists Hofmann Megaplan enjoyed another successful show at this years Brityrex exhibition. The company believes this year’s event to be every bit as good as the 2005 exhibition, which Managing Director James Boon labelled at the time as the best show he had ever attended. “Brityrex 2005 was a hard act to follow for us, but the move to Manchester this year and all the improvements that went with it means that without doubt 2007 will prove to be even better both in terms of immediate sales and long term projects,” commented Mr. Boon.
“I think it’s a huge disappointment that this show doesn’t get more support from the tyre manufacturers, and the effort put in by everybody else really and truthfully puts them to shame for not supporting such an event. That said, the quality of visitor and atmosphere of the new venue ensured we had another great exhibition, and I think the organisers deserve some real praise for putting on a fantastic, well organised and high profile exhibition despite two years of negativity from many within the industry”.
A new tyre changer for low profile, run-flat tyres and wide wheels offers safe and simple tyre changing, even for the most difficult tyre rim combinations. Beissbarth is launching the MS67 tyre changer, designed to meet the ever-present health and safety regulations, and provide a fast and efficient service for technicians and customers.
Snap-on Equipment has appointed Alan Wood as Business Development Manager for its range of Hofmann and John Bean wheel service equipment. Mr. Wood has over 25 years’ experience in the tyre service industry having worked with companies, including Kwik-Fit, Supertracker & Beissbarth UK.
Following the success of the company’s appearance at last year’s ATS show, JIA Sources International Ltd has decided to increase its stand floor-space to almost five times the area it occupied last year. On the stand will be the Nitro-Ride – Nitrogen Inflation System. Worldwide sales for this product are said to have exceeded all expectations.
Supply Direct has just published a new catalogue and price list. The catalogue features a full range of two-post lifts, four-posts lifts, scissor lifts, compressors, wheel aligners, tyre changers, wheel balancers, MOT bays (including the new Automated Test Lane) and a full variety of other garage equipment. Details for every product include 3D CAD drawings with full dimensions, and complete specification tables for every piece of equipment.
Brityrex International 2007 received a big boost in the new year when Beissbarth UK reserved a stand area of 85 square metres – the largest exhibition stand in the company’s history.
Philip Hodges, MD of Beissbarth UK, explained that 2007 will see the UK launch of the Beissbarth Touchless wheel aligner in the UK. As the name suggests, this is a completely no-contact alignment system – the first of its kind in the world – and one which Philip believes will have a major impact on wheel alignment in the UK. Certainly, when the system had its world premiere at Autopromotec in Bologna, it drew large crowds throughout the show.
(Australia/Australian Tyre Dealer) Corghi, the world’s largest Italian manufacturer of tyre service equipment, is aiming to increase its presence in Australia.
After a number of years in the doldrums, Corghi brand wants to play a major role in the Australian tyre market again. Under newly-appointed general manager, Jonathan Gant, Corghi is looking to replicate the success it has enjoyed in New Zealand, where its Italian-made wheel balancers and tyre changers enjoy more than 60 per cent market share.