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Induction Heat Below the Surface: USS Pampanito

Thursday, June 13, 2019

WWII Mk 18 Torpedo Repaired with Induction Heating

Submarines and torpedoes have been used in warfare since World War I. Unfortunately, it wasn't until late 1943 that the U.S. Navy built a reliable torpedo. In early WWII, the Mark 14 was the torpedo of choice; however, it had fatal errors that made its impact highly uncertain – it wouldn't always explode on impact. Because of this, the Mark 18 was born.

The USS Pampanito was a submarine used in WWII, which was later converted into a museum in 1981. The museum aims "to bring maritime history to life, and to make the USS Pampanito as complete and accurate to her 1945 configuration as possible." The museum hosts more than 4,000 students in its day and overnight programs, as well as approximately 100,000 visitors annually.

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Mini-Ductor Fixed Ops Cover Story: 'This is the single best tool I've ever used'

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Mini-Ductor Fixed Ops Cover Story

We're proud to have made the cover of Fixed Ops, which is a bimonthly magazine from Automotive News focused exclusively on the parts, service and collision departments of new-car dealerships.

Here's an excerpt of the article:

Name of tool: Mini-Ductor II and Mini-Ductor Venom

What it does: Safely loosens rusted nuts and bolts

How it works: Uses inductive heat to expand and contract metal quickly and safely. It also can loosen badges and decals.

Key advantages: Eliminates the need to use torches to heat rusted bolts and nuts and other hard-to-loosen components. Mini-Ductor can be used near fuel tanks and plastic trim parts with no danger of fire or parts damage from excessive heat.

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How to Extend Induction Heating Coil Life to 200+ Uses

Friday, May 18, 2018

Whether you are involved in automotive, trucking, farming, or other vehicle and equipment repair, 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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Induction Heating Bearing Buddy

While mechanics, bodyshops, truck technicians, and farmers 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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See How Induction Heating Solves Repair Problems & Pays for Itself at SEMA 2017

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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How to Remove Recessed Lug Nuts

Monday, November 28, 2016

How to Remove Recessed Lug Nuts

Do you need to remove recessed lug nuts that you can't remove with a lug wrench and breaker bar?

Until now, mechanics and others have had to turn to the torch or freezing these lug nuts and breaking them with a hammer and chisel – risking damage to the wheel stud, rim and the wheel itself. Induction heating can get the job done, but what happens when there's not enough room for the coil to fit around the lug nut?

With the Mini-Ductor Series and our new thin wall coil, removing recessed lug nuts with induction heating has never been easier, faster and safer.

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Resellers: What You Should Know about the Mini-Ductor Venom

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Resellers: What You Should Know about the Mini-Ductor Venom

What Is Venom & Why Is It So Popular?

Riding the success of the market leading Mini-Ductor® portal induction heating tool series, the innovative new Mini-Ductor Venom™ features several innovations for mechanics:

  • Angled, lightweight ergonomic design
  • Convenient Coil Twist Lock™ (no thumb screws)
  • LED usage indicator
  • Fault override delay
  • Thermal cooling enhancements

All of the above, combined with our decades of experience, combines to make the most effective and efficient induction portable heating tool in the automotive repair market. Venom is also useful to repair CNC machines, and removing small parts that are corroded or seized for agricultural, marine, rail, aerospace, and military equipment.

The launch of Venom will generate inquiries from your customers, so here are our top 3 tips for how to sell our new product effectively.

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New Induction Heating Tool Makes Tricky Mobile Repairs Easier

Friday, September 11, 2015

Mini-Ductor Portable 12V Indution HeaterTime spent outside of fully equipped workshops is often a challenge to engineers/technicians and is often fraught with issues such as safety (example roadside breakdown). Also, the range of tools in a repairer’s vehicle can limit mobile repair capability.

Reducing precious time used when struggling to free off components in this environment is paramount, so a truly portable and compact product that can save such time is a very handy proposition for all mobile spanner turners regardless of their specific trade.

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Induction Innovations, Inc.

U.S. patents: 10,349,470, 6670590 and 6563096 apply to all products; D841,788, D707,804 and D728,086 apply to handheld, inline induction heaters;
European Patent Office (EPO): patent 002076372-0001 applies to all handheld, inline induction heaters