Product Spotlight: MI200T

Posted by Chief Automotive 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

Product Spotlight: Globaljig Super Rotax

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 22, 2017 11:49:00 AM

From computerized measuring systems to aluminum welders, our lineup of body shop equipment helps you perform the best repairs for your customers, and as vehicle designs continue to change, we’re always looking for more ways to help you stay ahead of the curve. Our new partnership with Globaljig does just that.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools

What’s the right bench for your shop?

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 20, 2017 2:00:00 PM

So you’re thinking about a new repair bench. You’re not alone. In fact, it’s hard not to consider a new bench with all of the design improvements that have been made to collision equipment in recent years. Your work can now take less time and be more precise, which means your shop can be a lot more productive—as long as you make the right choice.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

The Chief University Difference

Posted by Chief Automotive on Feb 28, 2017 4:30:00 PM

Chief is dedicated to making our vehicles and our roads safer for everyone. We make every effort to ensure that collision repair technicians and all those involved in the repair of collision damaged vehicles are educated with the most up-to-date information available. Understanding the complex structure of today’s vehicles is the key to the future of the collision repair industry.

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Topics: Training

Keeping Current on Collision Repair Training

Posted by Chief Automotive on Feb 27, 2017 4:50:00 PM

Like most businesses, expenses at body shops need to be justified. There’s generally not an extra pool of money ready to put toward nice-to-haves, so every expenditure must make good business sense. How does continuing collision repair training rate on the scale of wants vs. needs? Here are four reasons it’s a necessity – and a good investment.

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Topics: Training

Are You Ready to Double Your Aluminum Repairs?

Posted by Chief Automotive on Feb 24, 2017 7:05:00 AM

When you compare a new Ford F-150 with an F-150 from a few years ago, they don’t appear to be that different. Sure, there are subtle design differences. And, of course, the technology has advanced considerably. The crazy thing is that there is nothing visible to indicate that today’s F-150 weighs more than 700 pounds less than it did just three years ago,

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Topics: Aluminum

Traditional Measuring Systems vs. Live Mapping™: Why It’s Time To Update Your Shop

Posted by Chief Automotive on Feb 15, 2017 4:50:00 PM

At Chief, we’ve moved on from “measuring.” Traditional computerized and point-to-point measuring systems don’t have what it takes for today’s shops to efficiently repair modern vehicles.

 Instead, it’s time to usher in the age of Live Mapping. This real-time, multi-point measuring method maps up to 45 reference points at once, so the technician can see all the damage that needs to be repaired. This saves time and prevents any “hidden” damage from being missed.

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Essential Welding Tools You Need to Stay Fully Equipped

Posted by Chief Automotive 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

Two Things Not to Rush in Collision Repairs

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM

In an industry where cycle times are critical, it can be tempting to move a little too quickly. After all, faster turnarounds mean more business revenue, more income for collision repair techs and happier customers. That is, unless the rush is really a wreck. Your customers might not know it, but they would much rather you take the time necessary – especially upfront – and do the repairs accurately the first time around. Here are two areas where taking the time is especially important.

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Topics: Measurement

Power Behind the Pull: Barbara Trembley

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 25, 2017 3:01:00 PM

It takes all types of people with different abilities and skill sets to make a business not only run, but thrive. A company can produce a terrific product but without coordination and strategy, that product never reaches the customer. At Chief, we strive to engage customers not just on a national level, but a global one, and leading a global initiative takes talented employees. Barbara Trembley is our Global Collision Business Coordinator, and is at the center of our global campaign. So lets take a few moments to get to know the person who has a pretty large territory to cover, the world!

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Topics: Power Behind the Pull