The latest development of the anti-static idea is the Dust Buster PX-300 System. This eliminates the static charge on the surface of panels and plastic bumper bars and fittings as well as in your airline supply.
By ionizing your air supply you can now eliminate dust from surfaces that are about to be painted by simply blowing the surface with ionized air. Once the surface has been â€œblown offâ€ it is ionized and static free, which means the dust will not return.
Domenic Desisto of AAA Malibu Paint and Panel, in Minto, NSW said of the product, â€œAutoliner Australia installed the PX-300 Ionizing System into our spray booth. We have seen the elimination of dust in our paint, especially on plastic bumper bars.â€
Selling at $1495 plus GST and fitting it is a small investment that can make a huge difference in the quality of your work.
For more information contact Autoliner Australia on Tel: (02) 9603 8009 or via email at [email protected]
Repair benches are now almost universal. There are a number of quality manufacturers, with good names and developed features, so where does this new brand expect to fit and why does it deserve consideration?
It probably comes down to price and, most additionally, quality. This new bench is priced at a bargain $14,950 plus GST, and comes with a five-year warranty.
Autoliner proprietor Terry Dickey was upfront in explaining that it is manufactured in China, but he has spent two years ensuring it had the same quality features as the European brands and the right level of manufacturing value.
It is packed with features and accessories as standard, including quality Enerpac hydraulics (10 ton), pulling tower, remote hand unit, dual safety locking system, low profile driveover contour (120mm), great 1.6 metre bench height, good car-to-bench clearance, quality steel and a five-year warranty on the bench and tower and one year on the hydraulics.
â€œTodayâ€™s vehicles are more compact and accidents smaller,â€ said Autolinerâ€™s David Slater. â€œThe new V Bench can be used every day as a quick lift. When a pull is required simply attach the adjustable sill clamps and pulling tower to complete the repair. Because of the good car-to-bench clearance, in some cases you will be able to use your existing measuring system.â€
Standard accessories include angle bit, mini and Dyna-Mo C clamps, Lip Grip bracket, Handy Link, sill hook, boltless strut tower puller, two double claw hooks, grab hook and single claw, nylon sling, S hook with chain, two chains and bent hooks, safety sling, wire rope, Jumbo Deep Hook set, universal chain, four bench lift arms and pads, mobile tool board, magnetic trammel measuring system and four loading stands.
Clamps for Honda, BMW and Mercedes vehicles are available as optional extras.
To assist the launch Autoliner is seeking a limited number of shops in major centres to purchase a V Mini Bench at a special price. So confident is Autoliner in the quality of the product that they are certain that word of mouth support will be their most valuable marketing tool.
Today, not only are high-strength steels making spot welding extremely critical to restore vehicles to manufacturersâ€™ specifications, but to new vehicle safety requirements, as well. An important case in point is the control of the air bag.
Spot welded points that are unable to bear loads, or are too brittle, will result in incorrect interpretations by the respective sensors when the vehicle body is deformed on impact. This results in the delayed triggering of the air bag, which means that this life-saving device may open too late to be of use.
The newly released Car-O-Liner CTR 12000 Spot Welder automatically sets welding parameters. As soon as the welding process starts and the electrode holder moves towards an object, the CTR 12000 records the total thickness of the metal plate, in a matter of a few milliseconds. As soon as the current starts to flow, the welder recognises material as high-strength or maximum-strength steels, and coated or laminated steel panels.
The welding process is then based on this recognition, without the operator having to enter any parameters beforehand.
The Pulse-Sonar System automatically recognises total sheet thickness, while the Virtual Generator recognises material type.
Features include: automatic definition of lens diameter via total energy input, transformer C-spot welding in 10kHz technology and welding data documentation, using WinSpot QS-Software.
CTR 12000 is able to take high input currents of up to 12kA, while providing high quality performance â€œspot by spotâ€.
Other features include â€œVirtual Machineâ€ programmable intelligence â€” an innovative control technology with integrated quality assurance management designed to monitor joint process from end to end. This starts with definition of the initial situation regarding the items to be joined and ends with the performance and completion of the weld.
Weld progress can be tracked using QM TM traffic light indicator. Quality assurance management includes a database that contains all the required parameters, classified by material type and thickness.
An automatic start up blocker prevents overloading the mains supply fuses.
USB connection allows data transfer and storage, as well as future updating of the system
For more information contact Julie Thomas at Car-O-Liner Australia on Tel: (02) 4271 6287, Fax: (02) 4271 7899or email: [email protected]
Additionally, a set with user friendly interior removing tools was introduced, for the quick and correct removal of interior panels.
Both sets come in a solid inlay, which can be easily put into the Ronin Tool Station.
For more information contact the sole Australian agent for Ronin Tools, Grech Sales & Marketing, on Tel: 0401 918 501 or email [email protected]
Ford and Kia are both bringing wireless internet connection to their motor vehicles, Ford through their Sync system, and Kia through their UVO format.
Fordâ€™s voice-controlled infotainment system is based on the Microsoft Auto software platform, now known as the Windows Embedded Auto software platform.
Sync uses Bluetooth wireless technology to provide drivers voice-controlled access to songs from music players such as iPods and enables them to make hands-free phone calls. Ford has enhanced the technology in the past few years, adding features such as access to real-time traffic directions and other information.
Since its debut in 2007, Sync has proved popular for Ford. The automaker has said it sells nearly twice as many vehicles with Sync as those without it.
Sync started on the 2008 Ford Focus and has spread throughout most of the automaker’s lineup. The company offers the system as standard equipment in the USA on Lincoln vehicles and top-of-the-line Ford and Mercury models. It is available as a US$395 option on other Ford vehicles.
Kia has become the first automaker to introduce a competitor to Ford’s system in the North American market. UVO will debut on an unnamed Kia vehicle sometime this year.
Like Sync, UVO is based on the Microsoft Auto software platform. Spokesmen for Kia and Microsoft say the Kia version will have features unique to the South Korean automaker.
Ford’s exclusive contract to develop applications using the Microsoft software expired at the end of 2008. In May of that year, Microsoft announced that Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group would develop a voice-controlled infotainment system for the North American market.
Hyundai has not announced its plans. Fiat Auto Group also uses Microsoft technology to power its infotainment service, called Blue&Me.