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Induction Heating for Farming: An Infographic

Alicia Hawkins - Thursday, June 21, 2018

Torches are commonly used to remove the many rusted or otherwise seized nuts, bolts and bearings found on tractors, combines, planters, plows, sprayers, pillage, feed mixers, and other farming equipment.

However, using an open flame can be dangerous given the amount of dust and fertilizer present on farming equipment after each day's work. Using an induction heater to replace most torch use is increasingly accepted by farmers as a safer and faster way to maintain their equipment, especially with the Mini-Ductor® Venom® from Induction Innovations.

Learn more about the benefits of using the Mini-Ductor Venom portable induction heater on farming and agriculture equipment in the infographic below:

Induction Heating for Farming: An Infographic

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Flameless Heat: Hot Tip for Loosening Frozen Fasteners

Alicia Hawkins - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

This guest blog was written by Dan Marinucci, Senior Writer at MOTOR Magazine

Motor Magazine & the Mini-Ductor

The mightiest method for loosening fasteners may be flameless heat. Here's what you need to know about this technique.

Stubborn or frozen fasteners are a frustrating fact of life for automotive technicians everywhere. Although these problems are more prevalent in the snow-and-salt belt, they occur in the milder climate zones too. MOTOR readers probably have their own memorable war stories about loosening frozen fasteners – especially when using an oxyacetylene torch of some kind.

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How to Get More out of Your Mini-Ductor Induction Heater

Alicia Hawkins - Friday, May 25, 2018

Mini-Ductor Accessory How to Get More out of Your Mini-Ductor

The Mini-Ductor® has been the leading portable induction heater since it was released in 2004. Now in its third generation, the Mini-Ductor Venom comes with the Coil Variety Pack, which includes three coils: the 7/8" Pre-Formed Coil (MD99-601), 23" U-Form Coil (MD99-602) and 41" Bearing Buddy Coil (MD99-603).

You can purchase additional Coil Variety Packs when your coils wear out after approximately 200 uses. Additionally, here are other optional accessories that will help you remove even more stuck or seized parts on cars, trucks and farming equipment – faster and safer than a torch.

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How to Extend Induction Heating Coil Life to 200+ Uses

Alicia Hawkins - Friday, May 18, 2018

Here are some tips for how to maximize coil life for your Mini-Ductor® model and the U-555 Mini-Ductor attachment for the Pro-Max and Max models of the Inductor Series®:

  • To avoid overheating and damaging your coils, use the device for two minutes on, two minutes off – on Mini-Ductor models, the inverter will automatically shut off if it overheats
  • Keep space between your coil and the bolt, fastener, bearing, etc. and your coil – the part doesn't need to get red hot; just heat for 5-10 seconds and, if it's difficult to get off, heat for another 5 seconds
  • When using the 41" or 96" Bearing Buddy: use a plumber's mat to avoid abrasion and overheating

Mini-Ductor Coil Replacement

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How to Extend Bearing Buddy Coil Life

Alicia Hawkins - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Induction Heating Bearing Buddy

While mechanics and bodyshops love their Mini-Ductor® Venom® and Mini-Ductor II induction heating tools, their safety and effectiveness are dependent on the state of the pre-formed coils used with them.

The Inductor® coils are vital accessories for technicians and we're often asked by customers for tips and advice on how to extend the life of our coils.

For example, the Bearing Buddy coil (available in both 41" and 96" lengths) is used to free steering and suspension parts, frozen O² sensors, remove ball joints and tie-rod ends. These coils are available in regular or long sizes.

Each coil will last several hundred uses, but avoiding abrasion and overheating, which can breach the insulation, prevents premature wear.

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Why is Induction Heat So Effective for Automotive Repair and More?

Alicia Hawkins - Friday, November 10, 2017

Why is Induction Heat So Effective for Automotive Repair and More?

Induction heating has been making tricky repair jobs easier for 100 years.

From cook tops to industrial manufacturing, to aerospace, construction, marine and auto body repair, the benefits of a rapid and precise source of Invisible Heat® have led to a wide variety of applications – with new uses still being discovered.

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Mini-Ductor Venom Wins Praise from Irish Auto Magazine

Alicia Hawkins - Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mini-Ductor Venom Wins Praise from Irish Auto Magazine

Owner John Donnellan has a new go-to tool in his award-winning bodyshop in Oranmore, Ireland. It's the Mini-Ductor® Venom™ handheld induction heater, which he describes as "an essential piece of kit" after two months of use.

"...the Mini-Ductor Venom is an excellent tool with huge time-saving benefits," Donnellan says. "We certainly wouldn't be without it in our workshop now."

Donnellan put the Mini-Ductor to the test at the request of Autobiz magazine, an Irish trade-only magazine and website, which published its review in a recent issue.

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See How Induction Heating Solves Repair Problems & Pays for Itself at SEMA 2017

Alicia Hawkins - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

See How Induction Heating Solves Repair Problems & Pays for Itself at SEMA 2017

Visit us in booth #11009 in the Collision Section at SEMA 2017 to see how we solve a wide variety of automotive repair issues with induction heating equipment that pays for itself in less than a year (often in 3-6 months).

Repair issues include releasing seized/corroded parts, repair dents and removing glass without having to sub-contract it out, with the PTEN award-winning Mini-Ductor Venom portable induction heater and Inductor® Lite 2,400W induction heater.

Mini-Ductor Venom

Induction Innovations Mini-Ductor Venom

Venom is the third generation of the legendary Mini-Ductor handheld induction heater and has won a PTEN Innovation Award.

Venom generates Invisible Heat® to release ferrous and some non-ferrous metals from corrosion and thread lock compounds without the dangers of open flame and up to 90% faster – 3/4" nuts are turned red hot in seconds.

Learn more about Venom...

2017 SEMA Mini-Ductor Show Specials

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Mini-Ductor Gets a Good Review from Spindle Repair Company

Alicia Hawkins - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

When Claude Valenze got the opportunity to test the Mini-Ductor® Venom™ handheld induction heater at the Candia, New Hampshire spindle repair shop where he is general manager, he wasn't sure what to expect.

But when his technicians at HST Spindle Repair put it to use on a locked nut in a hard-to-reach spot on the inside of a spindle shaft, they discovered a product that made short work of an often tricky bit of disassembly.

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Induction Innovations, Inc.

U.S. patents: 6670590 and 6563096 apply to all products; D707,804 and D728,086 apply to handheld, inline induction heaters; patent pending for the Mini-Ductor 12V (MD-500)
European Patent Office (EPO): patent 002076372-0001 applies to all handheld, inline induction heaters; patent pending for the Mini-Ductor 220V (MD-800) and Mini-Ductor 12V (MD-500)
Australia patent: 343968 applies to all handheld, inline induction heaters