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True Absorbent

Solid Start recently announced the addition of their new multi-use absorbent, Absorb9X, to the True Brand product family.

Absorb9X is composed of coconut coir, a lightweight, organic and all-natural absorbent material made from the husk of the coconut. Coconut coir contains capillary cells that help to draw in and encapsulate liquids, which prevent them from being released back into the environment.

Unlike conventional clay-based absorbents, Absorb9X does not produce harmful dust and is non-abrasive to equipment. It is also completely safe for the workplace, as it is non-carcinogenic, non-toxic and pet-friendly. Most importantly, Absorb9X is also eco-friendly and environmentally safe.  It is made from 100-percent organic renewable resources and passes landfill testing TCLP/TTLC and the fish bowl bioassay test.

Absorb9X creates an ionic bond with hydrocarbons (the chief components of petroleum-based chemicals), so even if Absorb9X becomes fully saturated by water, it will draw in and encapsulate the oil/fuel/chemicals, while water is pushed out. Absorb9X expands when in contact with water and can hold up to nine times its weight, while never biodegrading.

Absorb9X is a premium organic absorbent and can be used to instantly and completely absorb all types of spills.

For more information, call 877.290.3950 or visit:

New Tech on a Wireless Terminal

Integrated Services Inc. (ISI), makers of LubeSoft, recently announced its integration with Merchant Partners and Ingenico Group’s iWL wireless smart terminals to offer acceptance of EMV and NFC/contactless acceptance anywhere payment is required. With the rapidly changing environment of payment processing, secure alternatives are necessary to keep up with the latest industry advances.

The LubeSoft Mobile Cashier integration with Merchant Partners and Ingenico Group’s smart terminals offers a fast, secure and mobile processing solution for accepting credit, debit, gift, fleet, Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay.

For more information, call 800.922.3099 or visit:

QR Shortcut to Service

The Striker Pro Reminder Sticker System, from Cobra Systems, can now print a QR code on each reminder sticker that can direct a customer (by using their cell phone) to your daily, weekly or monthly service appointment schedule — or to any site you choose to have programmed into the QR code.

When your customer scans the QR code on the window sticker, it will automatically direct them to your appointment page.  They can make a time-saving appointment without even talking to a staff member, and your daily appointment schedule can be completed online, making your daily service schedule more efficient and customer friendly.  Or, you can use the QR code as a discount tool offering monthly specials to your customers.

Striker Pro uses a portable keyboard and reminder sticker printer that automatically prints your shop location and contact details, determines the next service return date and can include promotional offers, which can be used as an incentive to have the customer return in a timely manner. Customizable options include discounts for returning customers, recommended oil types, tire rotation mile intervals, as well as company logos and messages.

For more information, call 800.262.7298 or visit:

Loyalty Pays

Tenneco has launched the 2017 Expert Plus loyalty program for automotive service providers.

Expert Plus is designed to help program members grow their service business through high-impact consumer and trade promotions, preferred consumer discounts and a variety of other resources, while also enabling them to earn rewards via the popular end-tab redemption process.

Members will receive an extensive program activation package featuring items such as a new shock vs worn shock interactive simulator. Other Expert Plus program benefits include a Feel the Difference Guarantee counter mat, table tent and sales literature; preferred consumer coupon book; and the Monroe Ride Height Reference Guide (on USB drive).

All 2017 program members will receive access to Tenneco’s expanded Experts Learning Center eLearning portal and be awarded points that can be applied toward the Expert Plus rewards program. Other benefits include enrollment in the popular Monroe and Walker dealer locator consumer search tools and free downloads of Tenneco’s ERIS electronic catalog of emissions control systems and ride control components.

For more information, call 800.201.6506 or visit:


Embrace the Abrasion

Ken-Tool, recently announced the new Rust Hog abrasive tool (pn 30167) for the removal of surface rust and debris on studs and flat mating surfaces of wheels, wheel hubs and brake rotor hats.

The Rust Hog uses a dense, aluminum oxide-infused polypropylene abrasive material attached to a 4-inch hub used with a 12-inch drive electric or pneumatic impact tool.  The Rust Hog hub body is 4.25 inches long, and the abrasive pads are 2 inches in diameter.  It features a 2.25-inch deep center hole for use on wheel studs.

The tool allows a service technician to aggressively attack the oxidized surfaces and is ideal for removal of corrosion from wheel mating surfaces. It can be safely used on steel, aluminum, magnesium and alloy wheels.

The Rust Hog assists in meeting compliance with the Tire Industry Association’s (T.I.A.) R.I.S.T wheel mounting procedural standards.  Those standards include the removal of debris from mating surfaces inspecting components for damage or excessive wear, snugging the fasteners in a star pattern and torqueing to specification. Ken-Tool advises technicians wear protective goggles and dust masks when using the Rust Hog abrasive tool.

For more information, call 330.252.1951 or visit:


Remote Control Lift

Rotary’s new Mach Flex powered by RedFire wireless mobile column lifting system puts the ability to lift more than 150,000 pounds right in the technicians’ hands with a patent-pending remote control. Using the remote control lets the technician move around the vehicle while operating the lift from anywhere in the bay for maximum visibility and flexibility.

With Mach Flex, technicians are no longer tied down to operating the lift while standing at a single column. In some shops, especially those servicing buses or other long vehicles, two technicians often work together to operate mobile column lifts — one to run the lift and the other to walk around and check that everything is going smoothly. Thanks to Mach Flex’s industrial-grade remote control, a single technician can operate the lift while walking around the vehicle and the bay, keeping an eye out for any obstructions or other issues.

The Mach Flex offers a new, higher lifting capacity of 18,800 pounds per column, enabling a set of eight columns to pick up vehicles weighing up to 150,400 pounds. Mach Flex lifting systems are available in configurations of two, four, six or eight columns.

For more information, call 800.640.5438 or visit:

Diagnosis Critical

OTC introduced its new Evolve diagnostic tool at SEMA 2016. The tool, powered by Bosch, offers best-in-class vehicle coverage, continuously improving speed, performance and usability to meet the needs of technicians.

The OTC Evolve can diagnose more than 25,000 vehicle systems and 58,000 vehicle ECU combinations using new Bravo 3.0 software and a fast Android operating system. Capabilities also include performing more than 11,000 actuation tests and more than 1,400 adjustment tests. The OTC Evolve enables a streamlined diagnostic process for any issues a technician may encounter.

The ruggedized tablet features a 10.4-inch optically bonded screen, providing visibility in most conditions, including direct sunlight. Dual WiFi architecture means a dedicated WiFi connection to the included J2534-compliant wireless VCI with simultaneous Internet connection to the shop, so technicians can move freely to check and test components while still being connected to the vehicle. The diagnostic kit includes a tablet docking station and backpack for storage. The OTC Evolve helps technicians fix problems faster with more on-tool repair information and resources.

Diagnostics for Life is included with the purchase of a new OTC Evolve and offers technicians support as long as they own it and maintain software updates. Evolve includes Bosch European coverage, tests and likely fixes and repairs.

For more information, call 800.533.6127 or visit:


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