Technicians

The new Ford F-150 is certainly not the first aluminum-bodied vehicle on the road today, but it’s popularity means that more and more consumers will need to know exactly what goes into getting a proper repair in the event of a collision – and how to find a...
Pro Spot International hosted a virtual welding contest to educate attendees and bring attention to the importance of training at this year’s AASP Northeast Show held in Secaucus, N.J., in March.
Ron Olsson, president of Pro Spot International, explained that teaching...
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The goal of every collision center is to create a consistent production rhythm throughout their shop that leads to a targeted throughput achievement. In many shops, this rhythm becomes disrupted within the refinish department. The questions to ask are: Why do these...
The largest trade show dedicated to the automotive aftermarket industry and high-end technical training has arrived in the United States. Automechanika Chicago, which took place from April 24-26 at McCormick Place West, opened its doors to a successful turnout with a...
I-CAR® announced that Jeff Peevy, senior director segment development – Collision Repair & Field Operations, has been recruited to lead the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) as its next president. His last day with I-CAR will be May 15. With strong...
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CHICAGO — Chief Automotive Technologies offered two new products, teased a third and pushed a rebranding at Automechanika Chicago, April 24-26.








Fume Extractor







Rivet Gun



The Chief Fume Extractor collects...
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CHICAGO  — Dynamic, fresh, engaging and smart — that is the new Axalta.
At Automechanika Chicago, April 24-26, Axalta worked with show attendees and customers to showcase its 145-year history, but also its brand flexibility, said Laurie Kronenberg,...
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Socrates said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Change is inevitable in our industry.  Enamel gave way to lacquer, which gave way to multiple versions of urethane-based paints and now of...
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What’s better than updating your shop with the only self-calibrating laser measuring system? How about snagging a great sale price for it at only $22,500? Pressure is on from both the insurance industry and the customer to get the repair done faster, better, and...
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Are you looking for new revenue streams to expand your business and increase profitability? Have you considered repairing vehicles other than automobiles – such as motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), boats or personal watercraft (jet skis and wave...
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Even in an era when vendors are churning out fantastic finishes, along with mixing and measuring technology that essentially guarantees an exact color match, many shops still lose all of these benefits and cost savings because of the re-dos and other problems caused by poor...
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When it comes to your paint department, little things really do mean a lot. Dust, poorly measured formulas, dirty spray booth filters, technicians not wearing their suits and hoods and poor spraying technique can wreak havoc on your work —producing poor, flawed...
BASF will have a strong presence at Automechanika Chicago, April 24-26, showcasing their products and services at booth #1548. 
"This is the first time Automechanika is being held in the U.S.," said Harry Dhanjal, North American Industry Relations Manager for...
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I was recently asked to conduct a post-repair inspection on a vehicle that had been repaired after an accident. To be blunt, I was appalled at the quality of repairs made to this Nissan vehicle. There were still buckles in the trunk floor. There were things the shop charged...








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Those attending Automechanika Chicago, April 24-26 in downtown Chicago, can come away with more than great training and industry networking experience — you can get amazing deals and discounts at...