Source: Transport Engineer post
IPSWICH, U.K. – Vehicle service, parts, rentals and sales group HB Commercial Ltd. has opened a new remanufactured caliper and brake-shoe profiling facility at its parts supply center in Bury St Edmunds.
“As friction specialists, we have been re-lining brake shoes since the 1980s,” so the addition of the new facility is a natural fit,” said operations director Oliver Brunt. “Our customers are now benefiting from the low cost, wide choice and fast supply which the new service brings.”
To ensure maximum reliability, HB Commercial uses pre-made caliper housings which are first shot-blasted and then cleaned before checking for possible defects. The carrier, bushes, pins, sensors and general mechanism undergo a stringent quality inspection, prior to further scrutiny.
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“The process allows the core product to be adapted to suit the different vehicle specifications as required.”
“Being able to produce 90 percent of the market requirement on a same-day basis enables us to quickly respond to a wide range of parts requirements at an affordable rate,” he explained. “Furthermore, operators can reduce running costs, minimize down-time and, by re-using the components, make a positive contribution to the environment.”
In this regard, Brunt points out that not only does remanufacturing remove the need for new calipers to be imported but also, existing units are effectively given a second life. Normal practice is for the ‘old core’ to be transported back to supplier hubs – most of which are abroad – which, coupled with remanufacturing and transporting back again, amounts to a great deal of unnecessary energy consumption. HB Commercial however, keep the whole process local, which apart from accelerating the supply process, avoids unnecessary transport and saves on emissions.
These claims are supported by customer Taylor Commercials, which has been operating Stowmarket in Suffolk for more than 30 years, offering full workshop facilities including breakdown recovery and maintenance, tacho calibrations and brake roller testing. According to director Richard Taylor, HB Commercial’s remanufactured calipers are already its default choice.
“Vehicle operators of all sizes and descriptions have relied on our services for many decades, and as such, we take great care when sourcing replacement parts – especially where braking components are involved,” he said. “Accordingly, we prefer HB Commercial’s remanufactured calipers because they only use good-quality parts, are quickly available in a wide range and are sensibly priced – all of which enables us to provide a fast and efficient service, while our customers benefit from lower running costs and product reliability.”
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