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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

Top Blogs of 2016

Posted by Chief Automotive on Dec 31, 2016 7:11:05 PM

Annnnd it's gone! The past year came and went, and if you're like us, you will spend the next 8 months trying to discreetly change that 6 into 7 when you write a check.(those of us that still write checks) 2016 was a big year for Chief, and the Collisionology Blog, so let's take a look back at the blogs of 2016 that you thought were the best.

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Topics: Shop Tools

Five things to consider before buying body shop equipment for 2017

Posted by Chief Automotive on Dec 31, 2016 8:06:00 AM

What can make the New Year even happier? Getting some sweet new equipment in your shop to increase your productivity and your revenue. But here’s the thing: Without the proper preparation and budgeting, new equipment purchases can easily become a burden both financially and in terms of your physical space.

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Topics: Shop Tools

2016 Year in Review

Posted by Chief Automotive on Dec 21, 2016 3:26:14 PM

The end of 2016 is near, and it seems like just yesterday we were all eagerly awaiting the ball to drop for 2015. The presidential election was the news juggernaut and caused many to shut themselves off from the world completely. However, when it comes to the world of auto collision, election year or no, there is always a great deal of change.

At Chief we continue to update our products to help keep your shop on the cutting edge of productivity.. We have been busy over the past year releasing several new products to our portfolio, so in case you missed them, here is a quick 2016 product wrap up:

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Topics: Shop Tools

Start 2017 off right. Plan for your shop’s equipment purchases.

Posted by Chief Automotive on Dec 13, 2016 8:05:00 AM

What can make the New Year even happier? Getting some sweet new equipment in your shop to increase your productivity and your revenue. But here’s the thing: Without the proper preparation and budgeting, new equipment purchases can easily become a burden both financially and in terms of your physical space.

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Topics: Shop Tools, MSO

Product Spotlight: Chief Rivet Guns

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jun 28, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Whether you choose to weld, use adhesive or rivet, there are numerous ways to join metal. Chief offers a full line of tools to help any shop with materials you would encounter in the auto body repair industry. One of the most common practices in shops today is using rivets to join sheet metal when repairing damage to various non frame parts of a vehicle. Though the practice of using rivet guns may be simple, the guns themselves are anything but. Chief’s full line of rivet guns are some of the most advanced on the market, yet still user friendly.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Training

Why a Fume Extractor is Must for Shop Safety

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jun 7, 2016 4:37:13 PM

 

Vehicles are getting lighter and more efficient all the time. That’s thanks in part to changes made in the types of materials used to build cars and trucks. This efficiency is great news for consumers and environmental advocates alike, but it also brings some unique challenges when it comes to repairs. New materials like aluminum require different considerations and tools.
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Topics: Shop Tools

Maintaining Your Fume Extractor for a Safer Shop

Posted by Chief Automotive on Apr 7, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Protecting your technicians is a big responsibility. You make sure they have the right welding uniform, work with top-of-the-line equipment, and adhere to your well-thought-out safety procedures. Protecting them from welding fumes, which can be a serious hazard, should be high on your list, too. Once you’ve chosen the right fume extractor to do the job, it’s important to maintain it properly. Here’s a summary of how to keep your Chief Fume Extractor in tip-top shape. (You can find the full users guide on our Product Manuals page.)

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Topics: Shop Tools

Get a Grip with Structural Holding Packages

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 1, 2016 9:30:13 AM

Today’s vehicles are very different than those produced even a few years ago. As car manufacturers work feverishly to meet the needs and standards of both consumers and the government, they are looking at every opportunity to reduce vehicle weight without compromising safety. With lofty goals ahead, like the CAFÉ standards for 2025, the vehicles your shop will service are changing almost daily. 

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Shop Tools, Training

Chief + Globaljig = Shop Success

Posted by Chief Automotive on Feb 29, 2016 12:00:00 PM

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.

Chief and Globaljig both have a long history of serving the collision market with quality products, so it makes a lot of sense to partner with them. The new alliance helps round out the product options for North American customers with simple, fast and easy-to-use bench and fixture system that have a long list of OEM approvals.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Shop Tools