Collisionology.

Insights & resources from Chief Technology.

2020 Collision Repair: Why Does ADAS Calibration Matter?

Posted by Chief Technology on Mar 4, 2020 6:00:00 AM

If you haven't brushed up on the basics of ADAS, start here to understand what it is a little bit better. Then you can start to explore why calibrating ADAS features after every structural repair is so critical.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, ADAS Calibration

2020 Collision Repair: What Is ADAS?

Posted by Chief Technology on Feb 5, 2020 1:51:57 PM

If you keep up with industry trends, chances are you've seen a lot of discussion about ADAS recently. We've been talking about it here and here on our blog. The fact is, understanding ADAS will be critical to repairing new vehicles, so if you don't know much about it yet, it's time.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, ADAS Calibration

Do you really want to make precise ADAS repairs based on a tape measure?

Posted by Chief Technology on Nov 29, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Measurements matter.

That’s true regardless of industry, but it’s always been especially true in collision repair—and these days, those measurements are more important than ever. As more and more technology is integrated into vehicles, which requires precise measurement and calibration during collision repair service. Often, this comes down to a millimeter.

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Topics: Shop Tools, MSO, ADAS Calibration

Shouldn’t ADAS Calibration Systems Be as Advanced as ADAS technology?

Posted by Chief Technology on Nov 5, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Adaptive cruise control. Lane departure warnings. 360º views. Night vision. Blind spot detection. LiDAR.

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Topics: Shop Tools, MSO, ADAS Calibration

Why Everybody's Talking About ADAS Calibration

Posted by Chief Technology on Oct 24, 2019 1:00:00 PM

One of the biggest topics making waves in our industry right now is Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS.) These systems include all the sensors and cameras that detect obstacles near a vehicle and warn the driver to prevent them from getting in an accident.

While ADAS is helping keep drivers safer than ever before, it also adds a lot of complexity to the vehicle repair process. 

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Shop Tools, MSO, ADAS Calibration

The Five Things Stopping You From Bringing Alignment In-House

Posted by Chief Technology on Sep 4, 2019 7:32:00 AM

There are a lot of potential benefits to bringing wheel alignment in-house at your collision repair shop. You could significantly reduce cycle times, because you won't have to transport the vehicle to a specialty alignment shop and wait for the work to be completed on their schedule. You could bring in more profit, because you'd be able to accurately estimate more alignments and keep all the revenue instead of sharing it with a second shop. And, you could protect your reputation because your team is charge of the repair from start to finish. 

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Topics: Wheel Service

Why You Should Keep Wheel Service Work In-House

Posted by Chief Technology on Aug 12, 2019 7:50:00 AM

Customers send their damaged vehicles to your body shop for repair. They’re trusting you to do whatever necessary to make it look and drive like new again – as soon as possible.

After spending hours straightening the frame or unibody, replacing parts and giving the vehicle a nice new coat of paint, it’s time to hand it off to another shop for alignment.

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Topics: Wheel Service

Is Outsourcing Alignment Really Worth it?

Posted by Chief Technology on Jul 31, 2019 9:21:00 AM

There are a lot of preconceived notions around outsourcing alignment services. Many shops think they can't bring alignment in-house because they lack the space, technician knowledge or budget to make it happen. But that's not the whole story. When you take a closer look at all the costs involved with outsourcing alignment, bringing it in-house starts to make a lot more sense. 

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Topics: Wheel Service

Adding Alignment to Your Shop

Posted by Chief Technology on Apr 30, 2019 2:18:25 PM

You go to great lengths to repair every vehicle according to your high standards. Then, you send it somewhere else for alignment. Now your reputation is at the hands of someone else. It doesn't matter how high your standards were if a poor alignment creates a new problem, does it?

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Topics: Wheel Service

The Benefits of Chief University Training

Posted by Chief Technology on Feb 27, 2019 4:46:48 PM

“Do it right the first time.”

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Topics: Training