Autotechnician visits Bartec Auto ID’s Barnsley training centre, to learn more about its tools and vision for the UK Aftermarket.
The British, family-owned company was formed back in 1992, specialising in radio frequency systems and producing tyre pressure monitoring tools (TPMS tools and systems) for the aftermarket under various brands, ever since. Last year, Bartec made the decision to promote its expertise under the Bartec brand in the UK and finally take the credit for its expertise.
Its TPMS products are used on the latest tyre and wheel technology in around 70% of European car
plants, which means its tools work with all OE and aftermarket sensors and have extensive vehicle coverage.
We were shown a number of product demonstrations at Bartec. The TAP100, which is approved for MOT by the DVSA, was clearly very simple to use – assessing tread and pressure as well as tyre condition and tread wear on all wheels within a minute – with results sent via Bluetooth to a PC instantly. A report can then be printed to show customers if any repairs or parts are required. Before the report is printed, a traffic light system on the tool visually shows the user whether tyres are either – safe and legal, legal but need to be monitored closely, or if tyres should be replaced. The tool works with TPMS desktop software, providing vehicle look-ups, software updates, technical updates and a reporting function to store and report audit data to cover the workshop’s liability.
“The Bartec TAP100 is a crucial piece of equipment; tyre shop customers need proof that they need to change their tyres, and tyre shops want to close the sale,” says MD Colin Webb. “The TAP100 enables the tyre shop to save time, maximise its efficiency, scrap the paperwork, and automatically capture the data whilst maintaining that all important relationship with the customer.”
The firm were particularly proud of its TECH500 tool, which is said to be the only TPMS scanning tool in the world that boasts a combination of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, inductive charging and keyless ignition testing.
It programmes sensors, tests passive key entry systems and also detects and diagnoses sensor
faults, which can be caused by a failed battery, mechanical damage or corrosion. It can also recognise whether the vehicle’s ECU or TPMS receivers are at fault. It offers extensive OBD vehicle coverage, including Asian, GM, Ford and French manufacturers and benefits from wireless charging.
The kit includes an OBD cable, Bluetooth dongle, universal charger and tool case. Further accessories and upgrades are also available, including a charging station, fast Bluetooth printer and charging pad.
MD Colin Webb explains how its close relationship with the largest valve and sensor manufacturers means it is in a strong position to best help workshops: “These relationships and our leading position of supplying TPMS systems in the car plants enable us to deliver the most up-to-date coverage of cars and sensors on our aftermarket tools. That means more repairs and more revenue for our customers and a high degree of confidence in our quality. Over 95,000 TPMS tool users in action across North America and 28,000 in Europe are exploiting that advantage.”
Call Bartec for more information on its 2017 program of technician training courses at its Barnsley offices on 01226 770 581.