Technicians

PPG today announced its schedule of collision refinish training classes for the first quarter of 2019. Collision refinish courses set for January, February and March will cover PPG premium brands including the ENVIROBASE® High Performance, AQUABASE® Plus, DELTRON...
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Battery disconnecting is an operation that occurs, or at least should occur, on nearly every car that is repaired. Welding discharges substantial energy in order to generate heat to melt metal. It’s easy to understand the amount of heat required to melt metal, now...
Many 2019 model year vehicles introduced in 2018 share a common attribute: an advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) structure. More than 65 AHSS-intensive vehicles debuted at major auto shows across the country this year. AHSS was represented in the composition of every...
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Customers send their mashed-up vehicles to your body shop for repair. They’re trusting you to do whatever necessary to make it look and drive like new again – as soon as possible.
After spending hours straightening the frame or unibody, replacing parts and...
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Ford stresses the importance of pre and post-repair diagnostic services, and has released its latest OEM position statement. This important industry announcement focuses on two key points: Ford vehicles that have been involved in a collision require a pre repair diagnostic...
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To ensure collision repair quality matches the fast-paced development of today’s automotive industry, in January Ford will launch its Ford Certified Collision Network. The Ford Certified Collision Network will replace the National Body Shop Network. This new network...
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In an age where new tools and services are constantly developed, technology is always evolving, and the talent pool is steadily shrinking, many collision shops struggle to find ways to increase profitability. The key is to improve efficiencies in order to do more with less...
PPG announced that an array of dazzling cars and trucks wearing PPG colors took top honors at the recent 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Cars and trucks that used PPG’s automotive refinish products claimed eleven awards including the Battle of the Builders competition,...
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I was recently discussing with the owner of Mobile Auto Solutions (MAS) Kevin DiVito, about how a year ago post-repair scans were a needed part of the repair process. Yet today, with all the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) calibrations we do on a daily basis, the...
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Automotive advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) and ultra high-strength steels (UHSS) have changed many of the long-standing techniques and practices for auto body repair shops. The same is true for the fire and rescue professionals who often must create further damage to a...
PPG announced that it is the recipient of Uni-Select’s 2018 Diamond Award, which is given to the supplier that has provided the most dependable and detail-oriented support to Uni-Select customers.

PPG, which supplies automotive refinish products and services to Uni...
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What kind of objectives do you set for your detailing department? If it’s simply to clean up vehicles and bring the shine out in the finish, setting some new goals is a good idea. Like every other part of your operation, detailing regularly receives upgraded products...
New vehicles, equipped with advanced onboard technology, are making their way into auto body repair shops at a much faster rate than ever before. This means that both collision repairers and the insurance industry professionals need to better understand how this new...
Following meetings with heavy-duty industry executives, educators, and consultants, the HD Repair Forum announces its 2018-2019 Advisory Board. This year’s Advisory Board members include:

Ray Chatfield, Truck Collision Services, Owner
Howard Elsenpeter, Hoglund...
The new Multimatic 220 AC/DC from Miller Electric Mfg. LLC, a leading worldwide manufacturer of Miller® brand arc welding equipment, delivers all-in-one multiprocess capabilities for MIG, flux cored, DC TIG and DC stick welding, plus the addition of AC TIG capabilities...