Power and Precision: Your two most important bench players

Posted by Chief Automotive on Apr 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Cars. They just don’t make’em like they used to. Literally. (And that includes trucks, too.) More and more manufacturers are moving away from body-on-frame designs and moving toward unibody designs.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

Sneak Peek: Joining Technologies

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

From high strength steel and carbon fiber to ultra-strong adhesives and spot welds, there are several different materials and methods used on today’s vehicles. And whether you are a large dealer or a small body shop, you need to be prepared to perform repairs on all materials with the most cutting edge of technologies and skill. Chief University provides up-to-date technician training, on the latest industry advancements, with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on learning. As the industry continues to grow, the only constant is change, and having your shop equipped with the latest tools, and your techs trained with the most up to date skill set is the key to winning in the auto body repair world.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Welding, Training, Aluminum

Bench 101: The basics of repair benches

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 29, 2017 4:45:00 PM

A defensive lineman versus a strong safety. A sumo wrestler versus a jiu-jutsu black belt. A Peterbilt versus a Ferrari.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair

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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