It may not look like much today but this is the future site of the Dismantling building at Wilbert’s Lakeside. The ground is currently being leveled and cleared to stake out a 13,930 square foot building. The new building will contain Six 30’ x 18’ bays to allow six employees to work at once. This will increase daily output as our current building only has enough equipment to support three dismantlers. Modernizing the way we dismantle vehicles with sling hoists, a modern oil water separator, suction guns, collection pans and individualized bays will lead to an increase in product output and employee satisfaction.

Bays one thru five will be used by the dismantlers – the Sixth bay will be used as an indoor inventory bay. Our inventory manager will now be able to work indoors and will no longer be exposed to the elements. All the vehicles purchased must first be inventoried. The cosmetic parts of the vehicles are thoroughly graded up Automotive Recyclers Association standards. Dents, dings, rust, color codes, all is accounted for. The mechanical parts are tested and an upwards of 35-40 pictures are taken. All of the information for the original vehicle and each and every recyclable part is entered into a computerized database designed exclusively for automotive recyclers.

The dismantlers begin by extracting all vehicle fluids. The current process is to let these fluids drain into separate 5 gallon buckets and then transfer the buckets into 55 gallon drums. Although this is up to standards the process can be inefficient and there is a chance for spillage and ultimately is back breaking labor for our employees. The new building will be equipped with suction guns that will vacuum out washer fluid and antifreeze. The fluid will be channeled through underground lines into the 3,000 gallon tanks and then resold at the retail counter in one gallon jugs. The guns will allow a simplified fluid extraction. Small advances like these will ease the work of our employees and diminish any chances of error or spillage.

Capturing oil will also be simplified with the addition of five one ton sling hoists and our Oil Water Separator which will be installed in the new building. The hoists will provide the means for the dismantler to lift the engine and transmission out of the vehicles with ease, and without the loader operator’s assistance. The self-sufficiency the hoists will provide to our dismantlers should increase output. Once removed from the vehicle the Engine and transmission will be transported to one of the five collection pans with spigots installed. Underground fluid lines will channel fluid to the oil water separator. Once the pure oil is extracted it can be sold or used to fuel on-site boilers.

Once the excess fluids are safely drained the dismantling begins. Each part is carefully removed and tagged. The tagged parts are now ready to be shelved. Warehouse personnel will locate the part, scanning the bar code on the shelf and the tag will automatically update our inventory. The part is now visible to our sales counter. The part is now ready for sale.

The automotive industry is constantly changing and we must adapt accordingly. Advances made to our Dismantling department are just one of the many aspects that we are changing to keep our facility running smoothly. Wilbert’s Incorporated is evolving to better satisfy our customers, our employees and our community.