Insights & resources from Chief Technology.

Chief Frame Rack Accessories Add Versatility

Posted by Chief Technology on Sep 11, 2017 11:30:00 AM

If you’re in charge of the budget at your collision repair shop, you probably meet most requests for new equipment with a few questions of your own. You might try to gauge the ROI of the purchase or determine how often techs will use it, for instance. And you might ask, “Can we upgrade what we have instead?”

The right accessories can help you save money by doing more with tools already in your shop. For example, if you have a frame rack, our structural holding packages can help you properly secure, pull and handle a wider range of vehicles. That means more jobs and more revenue. Wondering if it’s right for you? Here’s a look at how these add-ons work. 

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Product Spotlight: Evolution Bench

Posted by Chief Technology on Aug 31, 2017 4:54:23 PM

The Evolution Bench by Globaljig is the bench that can fill the void between a small spacer and large platforms associated with bigger benches. The Evolution's lifting capacity is rated at 7,700lbs, still plenty of strength and capacity for most any job that will come through the shop and for an economical price. For shops that have limited space or budgets, the 4.5 meter Evolution can be an economical bench solution provided you aren’t working with full size trucks on a daily basis. The 4.5 meter Evolution can handle a 4 door short bed ½ ton truck, but if those, or larger trucks, are part of your daily workflow you might want to consider the 5.0 meter Evolution.   

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Shop Tools, Measurement

Customer Profile: Mungenast Collision Center

Posted by Chief Technology on Aug 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Close your eyes and picture the collision shop of the future. It would include cutting edge, precision equipment and electronics, with some of the most highly trained employees. We’re actually describing a shop that exists today and runs business light years ahead of the times. That’s right, nestled on St. Louis’ south side is one of the country’s top auto body shops, Mungenast Collision Center.

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

Frame Rack 101

Posted by Chief Technology on Jul 31, 2017 4:14:00 PM

So you are in the market for a frame rack. Let’s first review a couple terms, and ensure we are on the same page when discussing options. Some may think that a “frame rack” is a general term for all machines used to hold vehicles during repair, that is only partly true. A frame rack is primarily used while performing repairs on framed vehicles, such as trucks and large SUVs. Benches however, are designed more for unibody vehicles such as compact SUVs, sedans and sports cars.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools

Sneak Peek: Heavy Duty Collision Repair

Posted by Chief Technology on Jul 12, 2017 4:30:00 PM

The best trained techs provide the best repairs. And when you work in an industry that goes through frequent transitions and adjustments, that training needs to be ongoing. Chief University is dedicated to providing up-to-date technician training, on the latest industry advancements, with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on learning.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Heavy Duty

Six Solid Tips for Consistently Solid Welds

Posted by Chief Technology on May 30, 2017 4:50:00 PM

Your reputation relies on your techs performing at their best. It’s true in all aspects of your shop. But it’s especially true when it comes to welding. An unfinished or botched weld job can compromise your customers’ safety like few other mistakes. And here’s the thing: most common welding mistakes are completely avoidable, and it doesn’t take much effort. There are several things you can do for your shop to ensure your techs are performing safe, quality welds that get your customers’ vehicles back to OEM standards. Just following these simple recommendations can take your shop’s welding game up quite a few notches.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Product Spotlight: Cam Scan HD

Posted by Chief Technology on May 18, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Measure, check, pull. Measure, re-measure, pull, check. For those of us in the auto body repair industry, this was a typical day in the life of a technician. Fast forward to the present and we now have electronic measuring systems like Chief’s Laser Lock™. Electronic measuring systems make technician’s lives easier by taking out the guess work; showing exactly where repair is needed. Unfortunately, the guess and check game is still being played in the heavy-duty repair industry. But Chief is changing all that. The Chief Cam Scan HD is an all new photographic imaging and measuring tool for HD shops.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Measurement

Heavy Duty Collision Repair

Posted by Chief Technology on Apr 29, 2017 11:00:00 AM

How many collision shops can service a Toyota Prius? How many a can do frame pulls on a Ford F-150? We assume the answer is nearly all of them, but how many can make repairs on a school bus or a dump truck? That number drops significantly. Be one of the elite shops, and say “yes” to the heavy duty repairs. Chief Automotive has rolled out a new line of heavy-duty repair tools, which allows your shop to take on those repairs, and be one of the only shops around that can say “yes”.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Measurement

Product Spotlight: Mobile System

Posted by Chief Technology on Apr 28, 2017 5:01:36 PM

The System Bench by Globaljig, is the industry's most advanced and easy to use mobile structural repair bench available today. System is a true mobile fixture bench with approvals from OEM’s like Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Tesla, among others. What sets the System Bench apart from other mobile fixture benches is the attention to ergonomics and user-friendliness that have been put into its design. Add to this the fact that it uses the Globaljig Universal Fixture System, eliminating the need to rent or purchase a different jig set for every vehicle you repair.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Tesla Motors is on a roll. And many more could roll into your shop.

Posted by Chief Technology on Apr 26, 2017 8:05:00 AM

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Chevy Corvette. Cadillac Fleetwood. Pontiac GTO. General Motors has produced as many—if not more—classic American cars as any manufacturer in the nation. And while GM continues to manufacture more than 10 million cars a year, there is a new player in the game when it comes to overall company value.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair