MV Commercial, a leading sales and leasing provider for purpose-built commercial vehicles, has added the Mini-Ductor® Venom® into its workshop as a safe and efficient solution to the removal of stubborn nuts, bolts and other serviceable vehicle components.
With a national headquarters in Airdrie near Glasgow, MV Commercial custom builds a wide range of commercial vehicles, including crane-mounted rigids, recovery vehicles, tippers and grabs, box vans, LCVs and mainstream tractor units, amongst others. The organisation’s all-in-one facility incorporates 90,000 sq ft of internal work space with multiple fabrication workshops and 36 commercial vehicle ramps, HGV inspection pits, and class seven MoT testing facilities.
“With such a wide range of vehicles to build, maintain and repair, ensuring smooth and efficient workflow is essential for us,” said Pat Houston, Workshop Manager at MV Commercial. “Our workshop management system indicates when vehicles are due for repairs or maintenance and helps us to schedule tasks. We are proud to offer a turnaround time of 6-8 weeks for most builds, which far exceeds the industry standard. Flexibility and effective management of tasks is essential in this respect. Here in the workshop, we rely on safe, fast and reliable equipment to ensure we deliver on our promises to our customers.”
One task which can cause issues in the workshop is the removal of stubborn serviceable components from vehicles. The team at MV Commercial have recently integrated the Mini-Ductor® Venom® into their arsenal as a fast and safe solution to this cumbersome problem. The Mini-Ductor® Venom® uses induction heating or Invisible Heat® to release ferrous and some non-ferrous metals from corrosion and thread lock compounds without the dangers of open flame. The tool, from Induction Innovations, can be used to remove or release anything from brake bleeder nuts to exhaust manifold bolts and fuel tank straps.
Campbell Allen, who has been an HGV Technician at MV Commercial for the past four years, used the Mini-Ductor® Venom® to remove a stubborn U-bolt from the underside of a flatbed truck undergoing its monthly maintenance check. After inserting the correctly sized preformed coil in to the tool and locking it in place with the Twist-Lock rotating unit, Campbell placed the coil around the stuck U-bolt and activated the Mini-Ductor® Venom® using the trigger switch. The status indicator LED illuminated green to indicate induction heating had begun. After 30 seconds, the coil was taken off and after a short blast with a pneumatic gun, the stubborn U-bolt was removed without issue.
“We needed to remove that U-bolt to fix a broken spring on the vehicle,” said Campbell. “The Venom® worked really well and let me remove the bolt quickly and with minimal effort. I would definitely use it again.”
Campbell also emphasised the tool’s safety and ergonomic benefits.
“Using an open flame when you are working in a tight, hard-to-reach space underneath the vehicle, for example when removing a chassis bolt, requires plenty of safety wear and can be very dangerous if you are not careful,” commented Campbell. “The lack of open flame as well as the fact that you can bend the coils to fit your needs makes the Mini-Ductor® Venom® a very useful tool for us.”
Pat emphasises the benefits of using induction heating when it comes to maintenance and repairs near plastic fuel pipes in modern vehicles. “When using an oxy acetylene kit with an open flame near a plastic fuel tank or pressured piping for the air brakes, there is a risk that the intense heat or flame may pierce the plastic and cause a serious accident,” he said. “Induction heating is a far safer, cleaner and more precise option for this. It allows you to have greater control over where the heat is being applied, which protects both the technician and the vehicle itself.”
Fast, flexible and flameless, the Mini-Ductor® Venom® represents the next generation of hand-held induction heaters.
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