MOT Workshop 49 – News, New Products and Services

• TRW expands electronics business to meet growing demand for automated vehicles
• Aluminium head hammers & dollies set for alloy panel repairs
Web-based MOT system – are you ready?
• Technique makes it as simple as 1, 2, 3!
• Borgwarner’s eGearDrive® transmission featured in DMS’s all-electric pace car at the Istanbul marathon
• Feather Diesel plan updates on diesel technology

TRW expands electronics business to meet growing demand for automated vehicles

acc cover imageAutomotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), used its stand at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show, held recently in Las Vegas, as a platform to highlight the expansion of its electronics group – and in particular the growth of its dedicated Automated Vehicle team.

Tolga Oal, vice president, TRW Global Electronics commented: “Automated functions are at the top of the industry’s agenda. This requires an increase in the level of integration between sensors, controllers and actuators as well as redundancy strategies. We have aligned our business in several ways in order to more effectively partner with our customers in these areas.”

“For example, our Automated Vehicle engineering team is doubling in size in 2015 in order to meet the growing product development demand from our European, North American and Japanese customers. This is part of a wider effort in which the Company is hiring engineers and technicians to also support the overall growth of our Driver Assist System product portfolio,” Oal concluded.

aeb cameraandradarTRW also recently appointed a new vice president of its active safety portfolio, Brian Loh. Loh has business responsibility for all DAS sensors, central Safety Domain ECUs, and the automated vehicle strategy and execution. TRW has also appointed Dr Hans-Gerd Krekels to the new position of director of active safety engineering, with technical responsibility for DAS sensors and the central Safety Domain ECU controllers and software required for automated driving.

TRW’s electronics business has accelerated rapidly over the last three years with the hiring of more than 650 engineers and technicians globally. The majority of these new hires work in the development of advanced radar and camera technologies at technical centers in North America and Europe.

TRW develops and manufactures its video camera sensors in Peterlee, the UK, and Marshall, Illinois in the USA, supported by technical centers in Koblenz, Germany, Dusseldorf, Germany, Solihull, the UK and Farmington Hills in the USA. The company develops and manufactures its radar sensors in Brest, France, supported by technical centers in Koblenz, Germany and Solihull in the UK. Regional technical centers provide customer support across the globe.

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Aluminium head hammers & dollies set for alloy panel repairs

ImageThis new aluminium headed hammers and dollies set from Power-TEC (part number: 92430) is designed for professional alloy body repairs. With cross contamination being the major concern, most OE bodyshop certification programmes require rigorous separation of tools and equipment for alloy panel repairs and these repairs must be carried out in a completely separate, dedicated area. Although traditionally tools for working with aluminium are generally similar to those used for working with steel, increasingly specialist aluminium tools are being developed to further enhance protection against cross contamination and the resulting potential bimetallic corrosion problems.

The hammers are beautifully balanced and professional quality, fitted with hickory handles. There are three hammer profiles: bumping, cross pein and finishing, and pick and finishing. There are four solid aluminium dollies included: angled, heel, thin toe, and double ended, and the set is supplied in a quality moulded case to keep the tools clean and in good condition.

This professional tool set is available now from your Power-TEC supplier and very good value at a typical price of £223.52 + VAT.

Further details at or call 01926 815000.

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Web-based MOT system – are you ready?

Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and Atos informed the MOT world that every VTS in the country has to provide and maintain its own IT Equipment for registering MOTs.

leftandrightcomppic“As outlined in MOT SN 03-14, AEs will be responsible for:
• providing the necessary IT equipment, internet connection and printer
• arranging for any required repairs and maintenance”

This means you’ll need to have the right IT equipment, internet connection and printer in place at your site in order to carry on Testing on the new system.
The complete solution for just £349+VAT?

This may be a daunting and expensive prospect for some MOT Test centres. MOT IT Supplies claim to supply hundreds of Test Centres nationwide with affordable solutions and ‘Peace of Mind’ Warranty packages which they say your business can rely on.

For a limited time, they are offering a ‘complete solution’ at just £349+VAT. This consists of a high spec branded laptop or desktop computer alongside a durable and economical HP Laserjet printer, complete with toner cartridge.

MOT IT Supplies say all the equipment easily exceeds the new DVSA recommended IT specifications. All you need is an internet connection and they’ll take care of the rest.

Service and Warranty “you can rely on”

Their dedicated team provide a freephone technical support telephone helpline and free setup guide. All of their equipment comes as standard with a Gold ‘Piece of Mind’ Warranty, with next-day replacement of all equipment.

Further information:
Freephone 0800 193 2331
Take advantage of the MOT modernisation IT Package for just £349 + VAT or to discuss your IT requirements, call Freephone 0800 193 2331

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Technique makes it as simple as 1, 2, 3!

trades big threeWheel care’s three elements, tyre changing, wheel balancing and wheel alignment offers garages, MOT stations, body shops, etc an additional way to increase profits in these testing times. Trade Garage Equipment has recently introduced the ‘Trade Approved’ customer’s guarantee for all recommended products and installations, it gives garage and workshop principles peace of mind when buying their products.

The Technique range of wheel care products handle complexities of new wheel and tyre designs easily and they have recently introduced the ‘Big Three’, the ‘Technique T2520 Professional’ tyre changer, the Technique ‘T2120 Computerised Wheel Balancer’ and the new Supertracker 420R wheel aligner to front their wide range of wheelcare products.

‘Trade’s’ expert spokesman, Rob Lovesy, introduces the new products. “The technique is everything with wheel care products, especially when working with the latest tyres and wheels; firstly the T2520 Professional, fully automatic tyre changer features a simple ‘lever less’ operation and is a high performance and heavy duty machine with a quality build which is designed not only for increased capacity, reliability and ease of performance but for outstanding value. Being ‘lever less’, it minimises the risk of damage to these light weight wheels, yet easily tackles things such as hidden balance weights etc”.

Secondly to complement this machine, we have the NEW and powerful trade approved Technique T2120 wheel balancer. An advanced, high performance, durable and heavy duty construction balancer with a premium specification, this model boasts an impressive 3D data input, with automatic entry of offset, width and diameter being achieved via an inner and outer measuring arm. The colour TFT display provides ‘live’ readings, with imbalance positions highlighted in the impressive graphics which make the hidden weight placement (or SPLIT function) easier than ever for the operator to carry out!”

“Trade are also experts in Wheel Alignment and are main distributors for Supertracker the only British manufacturer of quality wheel aligners. Quick and easy to use, the 400R range four wheel computer aligners provides an impressive list of benefits including customer and vehicle databases, Bluetooth technology and colour printout, eight sensor technology, instant caster, camber and toe measurement, full colour graphics including Linux industrial computer innovations as well as the ability to accommodate wheel sizes from 12 to 24 inches.

Contained in the price, as with all of ‘Trades’ products, are full installation, full staff training and a national locally based network of Trade Approved services engineers to support the products”.

For trade sales or trade technical enquiries or your local ‘Trade’ member, contact 01509 506680 or email:, website:

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Borgwarner’s eGearDrive® transmission featured in DMS’s all-electric pace car at the Istanbul marathon

BorgWarner Joins DMA in Supporting “Green Marathon” with Zero Emissions Pace Car Leading the Race

borgwarner egearDriveBorgWarner’s eGearDrive® Transmission Propels DMA’s All-Electric Pace Car at the Istanbul Marathon_EU

Auburn Hills, Michigan, December 19, 2014 – The 36th Istanbul Marathon went “green” this year with over 25,000 athletes from 118 countries racing through the streets of Istanbul behind Derindere Motorlu Araçlar’s (DMA’s) all-electric pace car with BorgWarner’s 31-03 eGearDrive® transmission. The Istanbul Marathon is one of the most prestigious marathons in the world and the only race between two continents, Asia and Europe. Specifically designed for the emerging high-volume, low-cost electric vehicle market, BorgWarner’s 31-03 eGearDrive transmission features a highly efficient gear train for extended range and quiet performance, and is available in a wide range of ratios for a variety of motor sizes.

“BorgWarner has been supplying eGearDrive transmissions for various DMA prototype fleets for six years, including Turkish taxis in the Istanbul area. Real-world testing has proven the outstanding performance of eGearDrive transmissions,” said Dr. Stefan Demmerle, President and General Manager, BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems. “Providing quiet and efficient performance with broad adaptability to a variety of hybrid and electric vehicles, BorgWarner’s eGearDrive transmission is a fast-to-market, environmentally friendly solution for automakers.”

BorgWarner’s eGearDrive transmission achieves high torque capacity in a compact package, while providing smooth, quiet operation. Through its high-efficiency gear train and compact, low-weight design, the eGearDrive transmission contributes to extended battery-powered driving range, which in turn reduces the required amount of battery capacity needed. BorgWarner eGearDrive systems enable launch assist and energy recovery. An electronically actuated park lock system is also available. Approximately 99% of the materials used in the eGearDrive transmission are recyclable.

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Feather Diesel plan updates on diesel technology

Leading independent specialists Feather Diesel are aiming to keep independent garage workshops up to speed on the latest in diesel technology.

In a series of technical articles, to be published in the weeks and months ahead, the West Yorkshire-based specialists promise to explore the latest in diesel technology, when to repair or when to replace, and to delve into the detail of what’s really involved in OEM-level remanufacturing.

Feather Diesel has been established over 60 years and is accredited to the Quality Standard BS EN ISO 9001:2000, Environmental Standard BS EN ISO 14001 and to the Health & Safety Standard BS EN ISO 18001. The business, which serves customers throughout the UK and beyond, is widely recognised as a centre of excellence in the supply, maintenance and repair of diesel fuel injection systems.

“The aim is to help more garages to better understand the latest diesel technology,” said Jeff Morley, Marketing Director. “Fuel pump and injector performance are absolutely critical for performance, emissions and fuel consumption, so accurate diagnosis and precise repairs are essential.”

Feather Diesel works with a host of vehicle OEMs including MAN ERF, Volvo Truck and Bus, Volvo Construction Equipment, Iveco, Nissan, Isuzu, Ford and Mazda. The business also partners with key diesel system manufacturers including Bosch, Denso, Delphi, Siemens and Zexel.

feather dieselFeather Diesel operates a free UK collection and delivery service for all customers.

For more information, please call 01422 387800 or visit the website at

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