Insights & resources from Chief Technology.

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

Welding Aluminum? Protect Yourself From the Fumes

Posted by Chief Technology on Jun 23, 2017 4:30:00 PM

If you’re a welding aluminum you suit up before you get started. Helmet, gloves, boots … you protect yourself from the light and heat generated from welding. Just as important? Protecting yourself from welding fumes. Fumes are formed when a metal is heated past its boiling point, and they contain a variety of substances, depending on the material you’re working with. With the increase in aluminum usage among vehicle designs, it makes sense to take a closer look at the fumes this metal generates, plus the potential hazards.

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Topics: Welding

Sneak Peek: Joining Technologies

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

From high strength steel and carbon fiber to ultra-strong adhesives and spot welds, there are several different materials and methods used on today’s vehicles. And whether you are a large dealer or a small body shop, you need to be prepared to perform repairs on all materials with the most cutting edge of technologies and skill. Chief University provides up-to-date technician training, on the latest industry advancements, with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on learning. As the industry continues to grow, the only constant is change, and having your shop equipped with the latest tools, and your techs trained with the most up to date skill set is the key to winning in the auto body repair world.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Welding, Training, Aluminum

Product Spotlight: MI200T

Posted by Chief Technology on Mar 24, 2017 4:35:00 PM

Here at the Collisionology Blog we try to answer some of those burning questions, like “What is the meaning of life,” “What is right and wrong?” or “Are all spot welders made the same?” While we are still pondering the first two, we definitely have the answer to any of your spot welding questions. Chief's new MI200T spot welder proves they're not all the same, because nothing else is a Chief.

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Topics: Shop Tools, Welding

Essential Welding Tools You Need to Stay Fully Equipped

Posted by Chief Technology on Feb 2, 2017 1:15:00 PM

Do you have all to welding tools and equipment you need to operate effectively and safely? Even if you’re just setting up shop, you probably already know some of the essentials (like a welder, for instance), but there are a lot of things you might not have thought of. That’s why we’ve put together this list: the comprehensive guide to a fully loaded welding station.

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Topics: Welding

4 Things Your Shop Can Expect in 2017

Posted by Chief Technology on Jan 9, 2017 2:15:38 PM

With the still looming deadlines of the 2025 CAFÉ standard, auto manufacturers will be picking up the pace to try and meet the stringent requirements. This means an increase in high strength metals and alloys, smaller motors, and an overall change in vehicle design. Couple the CAFÉ standards with an increased emphasis on safety and the addition of high-end electronics and you can bet that there will be some changes coming to your shop in 2017. Keeping on top of these changes, means preparing not only your shop but your employees. Here are four things you can expect to see in 2017:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Welding, Training, Aluminum

Learn the Basics Before Welding Aluminum

Posted by Chief Technology on Oct 26, 2016 5:10:00 PM

In case you haven’t heard, the use of aluminum in car and truck bodies is drastically changing the collision repair landscape. Once reserved for only the most exotic, lightweight vehicles, automakers are increasingly turning to aluminum to improve the fuel efficiency of their most popular models. And as fuel efficiency regulations become more stringent, the use of aluminum will only increase.

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Topics: Welding

Four things to know about high-strength steel before your next repair

Posted by Chief Technology on Oct 10, 2016 8:13:00 AM

For decades, auto manufacturers have used mild steel in their designs. It’s easily shaped into whatever form is needed. And it’s less expensive than many other metals. But today, car companies are turning to an even stronger, lighter option—high-strength steel.

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Topics: Welding

5 Things We Learned from 100 Blogs

Posted by Chief Technology on Sep 22, 2016 3:55:18 PM

Wow, 100 blogs! That went by pretty fast. But when you’re one of the top equipment manufacturers in an ever changing industry, you’ve got lot of information to get out. That’s why we decided to sit back, take a breather and reminisce (blog about) the 5 most important things we’ve come to know over 100 posts.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Welding, Training, Aluminum, Heavy Duty

Aluminum Repair Resources from Around the Web

Posted by Chief Technology on Jul 25, 2016 4:30:00 PM

We’ve written a lot about aluminum repair since launching the Collisionology blog in April of 2015. We hope, these posts have provided you with the confidence needed to work on the growing number of aluminum-bodied vehicles on the road.

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Topics: Welding, Training, Aluminum