Wheel balancer Hennessy Industries Inc. has introduced what it's calling the world's first fully modular and upgradable wheel balancer. The Coats IBS 2000—for Interactive Balancing System—can be adapted as needs change or technology improves, the company said.
The unit features a direct-drive motor with a five-year warranty that drives the wheel to be balanced, rather than a separate shaft. Hennessy said that means faster balancing, greater accuracy and longer life.
At the heart of the balancer's operation is a new Computer Electronics System that the company said uses only 30 percent of its processing capability, so it can be expanded as new software or balancer features become available.
It also features Coats' new Direct Weight Locator System, which Hennessy said allows the operator to more accurately and quickly identify exact placement of any weight anywhere on a wheel.
Also available for the IBS 2000 are optional sliding weight trays and cabinetry, and a new wheel-lift module that mechanically brings a tire/wheel unit to the balancing table, thus helping prevent back injuries.
Hennessy also has upgraded its year-old Coats Inflation Guard 6060', a tire changer featuring a bar assembly that protects a tire technician from serious injury in the event of a catastrophic tire explosion.
In addition, Coats Models 5060-and 5030-series rim-clamp tire changers can be retrofitted with the new Coats Inflation Guard Upgrade, with installation by a Hennessy field service technician in less than two hours.
Contact: Hennessy Industries Inc., Dept. TB, P.O. Box 3002, LaVergne, Tenn. 37086-1982; (800) 688-6496. Fax: (615) 641-7533.
Tech International, producer of tire repair and related materials, is offering a complete line of high quality impact sockets and socket sets engineered specifically for use with air-powered driving tools.
The company said the sockets are designed, manufactured and tested to specifications that promise to deliver high quality at competitive prices. They come with a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
Contact: Tech International, Dept. TB, P.O. Box 486, Johnstown, Ohio 43031; (614) 967-9015.
Environmental Development Corp. has expanded its line of educational products.
The firm—specializing in environmental, health and safety (EHS) training and compliance programs for motor fleet and vehicle maintenance—has released its EHS Training Video Library for Fleet and Maintenance Operations, with more than 30 videotapes.
It includes an overview of recommended practices for maintenance shop operations, environmental aspects of inground automotive lifts and facility-level stormwater training. Also featured are health and safety videos on employee right-to-know for fleet maintenance, and general shop-safety awareness.
The firm also has a new EHS computer software library that includes, on disk, an automotive maintenance shop audit procedure and customized EHS written plans, and, on CD-ROM, various government agency regulations and available training courses.
Contact: David Augenstein or Judy Long, Environmental Development Corp., Dept. TB, P.O. Box 854, Findlay, Ohio 45839-0854; (419) 422-1200. Fax: (419) 422-1832.
The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association is accepting orders for its new 1997 Lug Nut Torque Chart, which includes specifications for more than 400 foreign and domestic cars and light trucks for the model years 1976-1997.
Developed by Tire Guide, the 22234-inch chart displays proper torque specifications for original equipment wheels.
NTDRA members may purchase the chart at $5.50 for the first copy and $2.50 for each additional copy. Non-member prices are: $6.50 for the first copy; $3.50 for subsequent ones. Laminated charts are available at $9.95 for members; $12.95 for non-members.
Other Tire Guide publications include: Who Makes It and Where Directory; Tire Quality Grading Booklet; Tread Design Guide; Old Timers Tire Guide; The Tire Tech Guide; and OE Tire Size Guide.
Contact: Betsy Kaufman, NTDRA, Dept. TB, 1250 I St. N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20005-3989; (800) 876-8372 or (202) 789-2300.