Induction Heating for Salvage Yards

Friday August 4, 2017

Induction Heating for Salvage Yards

Salvage yards and auto parts recyclers around the US are increasingly using induction heating in a variety of applications to increase productivity – especially for quickly removing windshields, quarter glass, glass panels, and other vehicle windows. By removing more glass without breaking it, the Inductor® Series Glass Blaster typically pays for itself in 1-2 months from the resulting increase in glass sales.

Induction heating may not be as indispensable as Hollander Parts Interchange, but they’ve got a 60-year head start, so we’ll see over the next few decades…

Salvage Yard Applications

Induction heating is beneficial for removing:

  • Glass panels
  • Separation of panels
  • Metal underbodies
  • Stuck on bolts

Take It from a Former Salvage Yard Owner

According to Andrew Foote, popularly known as Mr. Inductor, “If you own or manage a salvage yard, there’s nothing worse than sending an employee out to bring a specific glass to the office because you have a customer waiting. After a half an hour of your customer waiting, he shows up at the office not with the piece of glass but with some bad news. He broke or damaged the glass during the removal process.

Many pieces of glass, especially quarter glass, are never even attempted to be removed at salvage yards because the manager/owner knows that their employee would more than likely ruin it before they ever got it removed. Either that or it would take them so long to get it out and probably damage it in the process that the employee would be better used pulling a different part from the vehicle.

“Some glass such as quarter glass on a Pontiac Aztec, rear sliders on a Dodge Pickup, or curved windshields or curved rear glass on a Saturn are next to impossible to get out with any other means than the Glass Blaster. Portions of the Aztec rear quarter glass are next to impossible to access with wire or a knife. Even an attempt with the use a micro-torch from the inside is impossible because certain portions of the pinch weld are inaccessible.”

Glass Blaster

The Glass Blaster removes windshields from outside the vehicle in less than 15 minutes with no need to remove the interior trim because it releases urethane in hard-to-reach areas (curves and deep pockets) where other glass tools can’t go. There is no damage to the encapsulant or frit (blackout masking). Quarter glass can be removed in less than 3 minutes. Spray-on bedliners can be removed in as little as a few hours.

Just for fun: see the 10 most awesome junkyards in the world here


Contact us to learn more about how induction heating is beneficial for salvage yards. We will be more than happy to talk you through our different products and what may be best for your specific applications.

Contact us to learn more about induction heating for automotive and body shop use

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