Insights & resources from Chief Technology.

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

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

Product Spotlight:  Globaljig Quick Pull

Posted by Chief Technology on Sep 28, 2017 3:00:00 PM

What does ever collision repair technician want to have in their work space?  That’s simple, an in-bay lift so that they can get vehicles off the floor and up to a comfortable working height for tear downs, reassembly, and metal working operations. If we could add the capability of quickly and efficiently making light duty pulls to rear body panels, radiator supports, and other parts of the vehicle structure to that lift they would be in “technician nirvana”

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, MSO

A Procrastinator’s Guide to Nace | Automechanika

Posted by Chief Technology on Jul 24, 2017 3:11:28 PM

So it’s Monday and NACE | Automechanika starts on Wednesday. You’re cutting it close, but there is still time to get registered and make plans to see one of the industry’s biggest shows. With more than 600 exhibiting companies and 10,000 attendees, NACE Automechanika Chicago is set to lead the industry in a showcase of the latest technology covering the entire spectrum of the automotive aftermarket industry. The explosion of new technology in today’s vehicles means shops and technicians must keep pace. NACE Automechanika Chicago will be the venue for shop-level training in North America.

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Topics: Industry and Company News, MSO

NADA Turns 100

Posted by Chief Technology on Jan 24, 2017 4:05:00 PM

Think of what your 100th birthday would be like…Probably a large cake(capable of holding 100 candles), your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren huddled around singing happy birthday. We would all more than likely envision a pretty low key gathering to celebrate such a huge milestone. I doubt however, any of us see ourselves living it up in New Orleans while we ring in our entrance to the century club, but that’s just what NADA is doing.

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Topics: Industry and Company News, Shop Tools, MSO

Start 2017 off right. Plan for your shop’s equipment purchases.

Posted by Chief Technology on Dec 13, 2016 8:05:00 AM

What can make the New Year even happier? Getting some sweet new equipment in your shop to increase your productivity and your revenue. But here’s the thing: Without the proper preparation and budgeting, new equipment purchases can easily become a burden both financially and in terms of your physical space.

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Topics: Shop Tools, MSO

Free Ebook: Multi-Shop Operators & Efficiency

Posted by Chief Technology on Aug 2, 2016 9:30:00 AM

If you haven’t done it recently, it might be time to examine the profitability of your various shops. And if you find there’s room for improvement, it’s time to start making some changes to increase efficiency.

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Topics: MSO