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Introducing the Highest-Powered Mini-Ductor Yet: The Mini-Ductor Venom HP

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Mini-Ductor Venom HP

The fourth generation of the Mini-Ductor portable induction heater is coming, and it’s hotter than ever.

Shipping out during the first quarter of 2020, the Venom HP releases metals from corrosion and thread lock compounds faster than the Mini-Ductor Venom, all without the dangers associated with using an open flame. The latest model in the Mini-Ductor Series promises even more power than the original – bringing serious bite.

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Mini-Ductor Praised by Tire Business Contributor

Friday, September 20, 2019

Tire Business Logo

In a January 2019 article for Tire Business, Dan Marinucci wrote how induction heating saves technicians time and money during the “crucial-but-challenging task of loosening frozen fasteners.” He’s speaking from experience – he’s personally used the Mini-Ductor® on strut and shock-absorber hardware, exhaust nuts, brake-line fittings, oxygen sensors and wheel nuts, successfully avoiding harming adjacent parts. Marinucci even consulted with an engineer who reported that a nut must reach 200 or 300 degrees hotter than the bolt or stud for seamless removal, which requires heat to be applied with extreme precision; this is something that can’t be achieved with common torches or other methods.

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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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Induction Heaters vs. Torches for Farming Equipment Repair

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Farming Harvesting Combine

Some of the most complex machinery is found on farms, sometimes totaling 60+ bearings per machine. These bearings and other parts can be nestled deep inside the machine, requiring the removal of many elements around them; this makes any small repair into a much bigger one if you are using a traditional gas torch.

While the torch is a tried and true tool used in a wide variety of vehicular repairs, it is an outdated solution that may be more dangerous than it’s worth. Hovering an open flame dangerously close to flammable debris is a recipe for disaster – especially since equipment fires on farms cause nearly $20 million in damages every year in the United States.

Farmers understand how important it is to prevent fires, specifically during the dry, warm harvesting season. So why are you so quick to pick up a torch to do your mechanical repairs?

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Fast, Safe & Flameless: Agricultural Equipment Maintenance with Induction Heating

Monday, December 10, 2018

Bearing Buddy in Action

In farming, efficiency is key. Downtime while key equipment is repaired or serviced can equal lost revenue, as opportunities can be fleeting and schedules must be kept to throughout the farming calendar.

This is something Stuart, Andrew and Jamie Crichton of R&C Crichton know well. As a company, the farm carries out contract work on over 700 acres every year, while their own land produces a yield of 8-10,000 tons of turnips per year.

All that requires the might of multiple pieces of equipment, each vital in its own way to the running of the farm. Between them, the Crichtons operate five tractors, three forklifts, plus all manner cultivators, plows and rollers, carrying out as much maintenance in-house as possible in order to keep costs to a minimum and ensure the longevity of each piece of equipment.

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Flameless Heat: Hot Tip for Loosening Frozen Fasteners

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 and farmers 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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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