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01/07/2016

Eminox DPFs an Excellent Fit for Workshops

Neil Koston, Aftermarket Product Manager at Eminox, looks at why the company has introduced a range of direct-fit replacement Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) for light commercial vehicles (LCVs).
 
“Ever more stringent EU legislation means that all commercial vehicles are now fitted with diesel particulate filters (DPFs) in the exhaust system. DPFs reduce particulate matter in diesel engine exhausts by trapping particles. The latest DPFs are highly effective at cutting emissions, trapping even the smallest soot particles produced as the engine burns diesel fuel.
 
A DPF is a serviceable, replaceable item like oil and air filters. Correct maintenance and replacement is therefore required throughout the life of the vehicle. The replacement period of a DPF is dependent on various factors; the materials used to make it, fuel quality, driving style, oil consumption and the how the vehicle is maintained.
 
Against this background, and our commitment to tackle air pollution from diesel vehicles, Eminox has developed a range of diesel particulate wall-flow filters, which are new replacement parts for the OEM filters.
 
Tried and Tested
Many aftermarket DPFs are manufactured using a cordierite substrate. However, without knowing the specific use of the vehicle for which the replacement filter is being fitted, we know from experience that it is important to use silicon carbide rather than cordierite.  Silicon carbide offers higher maximum operating temperatures, low thermal expansion and resistance to thermal stress.
 
The Eminox replacemenLaunch-Range.jpgt DPF range covers more than 70% of light commercial vehicles factory-fitted with a unit and regulated by Euro 4 emissions standards.

Eminox DPFs come with a 2 year, unlimited mileage warranty, ensuring that the vehicle owner will have confidence in the part that has been fitted.
 
That covers most Euro 4-compliant vehicles, such as the popular Mercedes Sprinter, as well as vans manufactured by Citroën, Fiat, Nissan, Peugeot, Vauxhall and Volkswagen. Our development plan for 2016 and 2017 will see further DPFs for Euro 4 and Euro 5 light commercial vehicles, as well as Euro 6 DPFs for heavy duty commercial vehicle fitment and a range of EGR Valves.

The Aftermarket Parts range has been designed with each level of the aftermarket supply chain in mind. Each filter is supplied in a box, which prevents damage during transportation as well as making it easier to stack and store than loose or bagged parts.

Each filter is supplied in a box by Eminox to prevent damage during transportation and to make it easier to store. All fitting components are included at no additional charge.

The Eminox DPFs should be winners with workshop owners too; inside the box as well as the DPF, they will find all of the fitting components included - rather than having to reuse worn components or order them separately at additional cost - and a booklet giving diagnostic assistance and warranty instructions. The Eminox emissions specialists at our branch network in the UK, France, Germany and Sweden can offer customers further advice.
 
Developing a range of DPFs for the European aftermarket is a logical progression for Eminox, because it leverages our expertise in supplying both commercial vehicle manufacturers and retrofit markets. Although this is a premium quality range, we have been able to achieve a value proposition that allows workshops to make substantial savings against a replacement DPF from the original vehicle manufacturer. This makes the range an excellent fit for workshop operators and a great business opportunity for parts distributors looking to push ahead in this sector.
 
Due to a lack of knowledge of DPFs, many workshops are being forced to either buy from, or direct the customer to the OEM dealer network. By choosing to supply an Eminox DPF, you can be reassured that you are supplying the quality and peace of mind expected from the OEM dealer within a cost-saving package which will fully support the independent aftermarket network.”