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Mini-Ductor Praised by Tire Business Contributor

Friday, September 20, 2019

WWII Mk 18 Torpedo Repaired with Induction Heating

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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'Red Hot Induction Tool' Featured in Successful Farming

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Successful Farming Magazine

In a recent issue of Successful Farming Magazine, our very own Mini-Ductor® Venom® portable induction heater—ideal for repairing a wide variety of agriculture equipment—was profiled.

A Farmer's Review

"If you've ever had to use a torch to heat up a rusted or stuck nut or bolt, then you'll quickly appreciate the Mini-Ductor induction heater, observes Dave Nelson. 'I was amazed by how fast it turned a nut red hot,' the Belmond, Iowa, farmer says.

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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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Induction Does More Than Automotive Repairs

Friday, May 31, 2019

Induction Does More Than Automotive Repairs

After our president and CEO, Tom Gough, spent 28 years working hands-on in the collision repair business, he recognized the need for a tool that was safer and easier to use than the torches found in most shops. In 2000, he invented the first model of the Inductor® Series, which was born from years of dealing with the many time-consuming processes found in the collision repair industry. Though the Inductor was designed for use on cars, it was apparent early on that this tool could do so much more.

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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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Induction Heating for Farming: An Infographic

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

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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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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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