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Collisionology™

Chief Fast Fact: 360-Degree Measuring

Posted by Chief Automotive on Nov 30, 2018 4:32:36 PM

How fast can your techs repair a vehicle? It depends on the damage, right? It also depends on whether or not you accurately measured the damage in the first place. This includes the damage you can see with your eyes, and the damage that lies underneath. Before you start pulling, you've got to measure quickly and accurately. That's why you need 360-degree measuring capabilities in your shop. 

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Laser systems are the most accurate.

There are three types of measuring systems: point-to-point systems, ultrasound systems and laser systems. Laser systems sweep the vehicle in a matter of seconds, giving you an accurate readout of the necessary adjustments and helping you give a better estimate before you make a pull. Not only do lasers work fast, they help you work smarter by doing things right the first time, so you won't have to fix the same car twice. Point-to-point and ultrasound systems rely on the speed of the technician to do the measuring and calculating, which can take more time and leave plenty of room for human error.

Better blueprinting lays a solid foundation for the repair. 

Another benefit to 360-degree measuring is a more efficient blueprinting process. With an accurate assessment of the damage and up-to-date vehicle specs from your laser measurement system, you'll have everything you need to create a better repair plan. That means you can charge appropriately for the amount of labor and the type of service that will be performed, plus you'll have a better idea of how long the repair should take. Both of these things minimize surprises for your customer and wasted time in your schedule, which is a win-win.

Consider Chief.

The Chief Meridian™ Live Mapping™ System with the Galileo™ scanner saves you time at virtually every step of the repair process.  With Meridian, your techs can measure up to 45 individual points on a vehicle at the same time.  The data is collected in real time, during the process of pulling, ensuring a correct pull the first time.