Insights & resources from Chief Technology.

Shop Basics: Auto Body Spot Welders

Posted by Chief Technology on Sep 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Before you start shopping for a spot welder, you need to be sure that you understand the basics of how they work and why certain features are important. After all, spot welders are a vital part of today’s body shop arsenal. Here’s what you need to know about spot welders.

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Topics: Shop Tools

How to Recruit the Next Generation of Auto Techs

Posted by Chief Technology on Aug 30, 2018 10:28:28 AM

Recruiting and hiring can be a challenge, but whether you need to fill an open position asap or you're experiencing steady growth, finding the right person is essential to your shop's success. Sometimes that means finding someone with a specific skillset or talent. Other times, you just need someone who embodies a certain work ethic or attitude.

No matter what you need, recruiting the next generation of techs may require a different approach than what you're used to. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

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Topics: Training

Buying Body Shop Equipment is Easier with a Partner

Posted by Chief Technology on Aug 20, 2018 3:34:00 PM

If you’re a shop manager, you know that it takes a lot of effort to keep your technicians set up with the best body shop equipment, but it’s an essential task. After all, those tools are vital for keeping your business chugging along. Knowing this is a major undertaking, it’s smart to think about ways to make the process simpler. One easy-to-implement option is to find an equipment supplier you trust, build a relationship and then use them as both a product source and a partner.

Here’s what to expect from a single-source equipment supplier and partner:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Aluminum Welders 101: Brush Up On the Basics

Posted by Chief Technology on Jul 30, 2018 2:15:00 PM

Today’s vehicles are designed to be lighter and more efficient with handling bigger loads, and the tools needed to repair these vehicles are more advanced and specialized than ever.

Not sure what you need? Chief has all the tools you need to repair aluminum vehicles. Here’s what you need to know about aluminum—and what you’ll need to look for when choosing equipment to repair vehicles both correctly and efficiently.

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Topics: Welding

Tech Tips: Using a Frame Rack to Pull Multiple Points at Once

Posted by Chief Technology on Jul 27, 2018 1:57:00 PM

Today’s cars and trucks are built to exact specifications, and they require precise repairs. In order to reverse the forces involved in a collision and properly return the vehicle to OEM specs, you may have to pull a frame in multiple strategic locations simultaneously. This is known as “multi-point pulling.” Here are some tips on how to use your frame-straightening equipment to execute a proper multi-point pull:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Tech Tips: Estimating Front-End Damage

Posted by Chief Technology on Jun 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Front-end damage is one of the most common reasons people bring their vehicles to an auto body repair shop. It can be caused by everything from tapping a parking garage wall to a serious head-on collision.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Keep it Running: Maintaining Your Meridian™ System

Posted by Chief Technology on Jun 19, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Once you decide to invest in Chief’s Meridian™ Live Mapping™ System, you’ll want to do everything you can to make it run smoothly. That way, it can help you blueprint those repairs and complete them accurately. Here’s how to keep it in tip-top shape.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Measurement

Chief to Showcase Collision Repair Equipment “Works of Art” at NADA Expo and ATD Show

Posted by Chief Technology on Mar 20, 2018 8:30:00 AM

The Rotary and Chief booth at the NADA Expo and ATD Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center may resemble a trip to Paris more than a trip to a trade conference, thanks to the brands’ new augmented reality (AR) art gallery installation.

The Vehicle Service Group (VSG) brands will leverage experiential AR technology to provide customers a deeper engagement opportunity with a wide range of products, from vehicle lifts to wheel service products and collision repair equipment, expanding beyond what can be physically showcased in expo booth #2586C on March 23-25. 

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Topics: Industry and Company News

360 degree blueprinting for improved speed and accuracy

Posted by Chief Technology on Mar 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to repairs, speed is obviously important. The faster you can make measurements on a vehicle, the faster you can make pulls on that vehicle. And the faster you can make pulls, the faster you can get to the next vehicle. Get them in and get them out as fast as possible. That’s the key to productivity and revenue.

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Topics: Measurement

The Next Generation of Live Mapping Is Here

Posted by Chief Technology on Mar 1, 2018 10:23:41 AM

Growing up, you probably watched a lot of science fiction. You liked the spaceships, the other worlds and the strange creatures. But there was probably one thing that sparked your imagination more than anything else: lasers.

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Topics: Measurement