Welding Aluminum? Protect Yourself From the Fumes

Posted by Chief Automotive 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

How to Make Safety a Shop-wide Priority

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jun 8, 2017 4:55:00 PM

If you’re a responsible shop owner (and we bet you are), safety is already on your mind. You don’t want to get on the wrong side of OSHA inspections, and more importantly, you’d hate for a member of your team to get hurt. But the truth is, it might not be a priority for your employees. To really protect your staff, it’s important to move safety to the forefront for everyone in your shop. The following tips can help you do it. 

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Topics: Training

Power Behind the Pull: Michael Turner

Posted by Chief Automotive on May 31, 2017 4:43:00 PM

Lasers, a few years back we only saw them in movies like Star Wars, but today they are more and more a part of our everyday lives. Whether used in the medical field to cure eye issues or in law enforcement to catch a lead footed driver, they have become pretty common. However, their technology is still pretty complex and the people that work with them have to be on the cutting edge. Chief's LaserLock™ Measuring Cabinet is no different, and Michael Turner, our resident LaserLock guru fits the description pretty well.

Michael is the builder of the the LaserLock machines, and we couldn't ask for a better man for the job. So let us take a few minutes to get to the guy that makes the LaserLock so great.

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Topics: Power Behind the Pull

Six Solid Tips for Consistently Solid Welds

Posted by Chief Automotive on May 30, 2017 4:50:00 PM

Your reputation relies on your techs performing at their best. It’s true in all aspects of your shop. But it’s especially true when it comes to welding. An unfinished or botched weld job can compromise your customers’ safety like few other mistakes. And here’s the thing: most common welding mistakes are completely avoidable, and it doesn’t take much effort. There are several things you can do for your shop to ensure your techs are performing safe, quality welds that get your customers’ vehicles back to OEM standards. Just following these simple recommendations can take your shop’s welding game up quite a few notches.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

6 Tips to Hiring(and keeping) Quality Techs

Posted by Chief Automotive on May 19, 2017 4:30:00 PM

A tech walks into your office and hands you his two weeks notice. That’s never been a fun situation. And according to a recent survey, it’s getting a lot less fun with each passing day. Why? Because replacing that tech is harder than it’s been in years.

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Topics: Shop Tools, Training

Product Spotlight: Cam Scan HD

Posted by Chief Automotive on May 18, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Measure, check, pull. Measure, re-measure, pull, check. For those of us in the auto body repair industry, this was a typical day in the life of a technician. Fast forward to the present and we now have electronic measuring systems like Chief’s Laser Lock™. Electronic measuring systems make technician’s lives easier by taking out the guess work; showing exactly where repair is needed. Unfortunately, the guess and check game is still being played in the heavy-duty repair industry. But Chief is changing all that. The Chief Cam Scan HD is an all new photographic imaging and measuring tool for HD shops.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Measurement

Product Spotlight: C3080 Wheel Alignment System

Posted by Chief Automotive on May 5, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Have you ever asked yourself this question: “How can my shop be more productive?” Let’s assume the obvious; your shop is full of Chief racks, welders and Globaljig benches that run flawlessly and that your techs are the best at what they do. What can you do to increase your shop’s productivity and ultimately profits? Answer, wheel service, specifically alignments. With Chief's new C3080 Wheel Alignment System, productivity for your shop increases, space doesn’t.

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Heavy Duty Collision Repair

Posted by Chief Automotive on Apr 29, 2017 11:00:00 AM

How many collision shops can service a Toyota Prius? How many a can do frame pulls on a Ford F-150? We assume the answer is nearly all of them, but how many can make repairs on a school bus or a dump truck? That number drops significantly. Be one of the elite shops, and say “yes” to the heavy duty repairs. Chief Automotive has rolled out a new line of heavy-duty repair tools, which allows your shop to take on those repairs, and be one of the only shops around that can say “yes”.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Measurement

Product Spotlight: Mobile System

Posted by Chief Automotive on Apr 28, 2017 5:01:36 PM

The System Bench by Globaljig, is the industry's most advanced and easy to use mobile structural repair bench available today. System is a true mobile fixture bench with approvals from OEM’s like Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Tesla, among others. What sets the System Bench apart from other mobile fixture benches is the attention to ergonomics and user-friendliness that have been put into its design. Add to this the fact that it uses the Globaljig Universal Fixture System, eliminating the need to rent or purchase a different jig set for every vehicle you repair.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Tesla Motors is on a roll. And many more could roll into your shop.

Posted by Chief Automotive on Apr 26, 2017 8:05:00 AM

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Chevy Corvette. Cadillac Fleetwood. Pontiac GTO. General Motors has produced as many—if not more—classic American cars as any manufacturer in the nation. And while GM continues to manufacture more than 10 million cars a year, there is a new player in the game when it comes to overall company value.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair