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Collisionology™

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

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

4 Things Your Shop Can Expect in 2017

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 9, 2017 2:15:38 PM

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:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Welding, Training, Aluminum

5 Things We Learned from 100 Blogs

Posted by Chief Automotive on Sep 22, 2016 3:55:18 PM

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.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Welding, Training, Aluminum, Heavy Duty

Sneak peek: Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Technology Course

Posted by Chief Automotive on Sep 19, 2016 11:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Aluminum

Aluminum Repair Resources from Around the Web

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 25, 2016 4:30:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Welding, Training, Aluminum

Product Spotlight: Vulcan ADU

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 14, 2016 4:00:00 PM

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. 

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Topics: Aluminum

Keeping Up With the Latest Aluminum News

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jun 30, 2016 4:03:11 PM

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: 

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Topics: Aluminum

Sneak Peek: Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Technology Course

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jun 20, 2016 2:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Aluminum

Free Ebook: How to Add Luxury Repairs to Your Services

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Sometimes growing your business means making big changes. Like expanding your service offerings to include a whole new kind of vehicle, for example. Adding luxury collision repair capabilities to your shop can open your doors to an entirely new section of the market, but it’s not a simple switch. Our free ebook can help you explore luxury repairs and plan wisely. Download the ebook today to explore: 

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Topics: Aluminum