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

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

Fundamentals of Design Based Auto Body Repair

Posted by Chief Technology on Oct 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The design of modern cars and trucks has changed, and with it, so has auto body repair. Now, more than ever, vehicle repairs should be modeled after OEM specifications in order to maintain the integrity of the vehicle's design. By repairing to OEM specs, collision forces will be properly absorbed and directed around the passenger compartment to keep drivers safe when they're back on the road.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

What you need to know about frame machines.

Posted by Chief Technology on Oct 4, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Body shops should choose repair equipment as if their business depends on it – because it does. Your shop is only as good as the services you provide, and choosing great equipment means you’ll provide great service. Make the right frame machine selection and your reputation will grow and your customer base will follow suit.

When it comes to collision repair, great service boils down to three key things:

  1. repair quality
  2. estimate accuracy
  3. speed of repairs

Let’s take a closer look at those areas and explore how the frame machine you use affects each one.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, MSO

The Repair Tools You Need to Save Time

Posted by Chief Technology on Sep 26, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Body shops live and die by cycle times. It’s a basic fact of business that you need to get each vehicle in and out as efficiently as possible. Customers want repairs done quickly and correctly – you and your techs both know that. So what can you do to make it happen? Of course having a knowledgeable staff is a must. And setting them up with the tools for success is just as important. Here are three body shop repair tools that can help cut cycle times:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools

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

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