Repairing aluminum requires special gear. While you’re stocking up on the right aluminum welders and more, you’ll also need to think about how you’ll organize that equipment in your shop. And it’s not just a matter of “wherever it fits.” There are lots of good reasons to keep your aluminum repair tools together, including:
For the government, the future of fuel economy is up in the air.
Before leaving the White House, the Obama administration did their best to make their Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards the new permanent standard. But the Trump administration quickly announced that once a full review of CAFE standards was performed, they would probably relax the 2025 targets put in place by the previous administration. That assessment and recommendation is coming soon.
It stands to reason that relaxed CAFE standards would decrease the demand for aluminum—the metal many manufacturers adopted in order to make vehicles lighter and, therefore, more fuel efficient. But that’s not the case.
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.
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,
With the still looming deadlines of the 2025 CAFÉ standard, auto manufacturers will be picking up the pace to try and meet the stringent requirements. This means an increase in high strength metals and alloys, smaller motors, and an overall change in vehicle design. Couple the CAFÉ standards with an increased emphasis on safety and the addition of high-end electronics and you can bet that there will be some changes coming to your shop in 2017. Keeping on top of these changes, means preparing not only your shop but your employees. Here are four things you can expect to see in 2017:
Wow, 100 blogs! That went by pretty fast. But when you’re one of the top equipment manufacturers in an ever changing industry, you’ve got lot of information to get out. That’s why we decided to sit back, take a breather and reminisce (blog about) the 5 most important things we’ve come to know over 100 posts.
The techs who have the best training will provide the best repairs. And when you work in an industry that goes through frequent transitions and adjustments, that training needs to be ongoing. Chief University is dedicated to providing up-to-date auto tech training on the latest industry advancements, with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on learning. One shift in the auto industry – and consequently the collision repair industry – is the rise of aluminum. Our Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Technology course is designed to teach appraisers and repair techs how aluminum is being used today, plus how working with it differs from more common materials.
We’ve written a lot about aluminum repair since launching the Collisionology blog in April of 2015. We hope, these posts have provided you with the confidence needed to work on the growing number of aluminum-bodied vehicles on the road.
It’s no secret that today’s vehicles are built differently than those of years past. Your techs are likely seeing more and more aluminum, high-strength steel and “exotic” metals come through the doors, and that means the tools they used yesterday may not cut it anymore. That’s why we’ve developed the Vulcan ADU (Adhesive Debonding Unit). The first of its kind, it’s designed for use with the latest aluminum vehicles, and it also works on steel parts. Let’s take a closer look at how this new body shop tool works.
Aluminum usage in car manufacturing is on the rise, and it looks like the trend will continue. Where car manufacturers go, car repairers must follow, making it important to keep up with what’s going on with this material. To help you keep tabs on what’s coming your way, we’ve put together a collection of recent aluminum news headlines. Here’s what happening with aluminum: