Two body shop shop owners developed their own robotic paint drying technology, giving collision repair departments more options for a technology that’s designed to dry paint within minutes instead of hours. Here’s an introduction to their equipment, and updates on the competition.
The EksoVest—a non-powered, linkage driven and gas spring actuated upper body exoskeleton—is currently being used by technicians on the Ford assembly line, but has also been demoed in a body shop. The technology could provide career longevity for techs.
BMW launched an addition to its certified collision repair program last week in order to create more dealer-owned body shops across the U.S. Now, a dealer will be able to sponsor an independent shop in its primary market to apply to be a BMW certified collision repair center.
Fixed Ops Business spoke with David Bliss of CCC about the company's heat map technology, which transforms vehicle photos into heat maps in order to provide a “more visually literate” and color-coded view of the damage.
Two female students from Tennessee College of Applied Technology won gold medals in the 2018 SkillsUSA state competition in Tennessee. The students’ instructor at the college said a woman placed each field of the competition.
To keep the OEM name at the forefront of a shop's training and certification process, Wadsworth International and TROIKA360 eliminated the third-party name when they partnered with Subaru for its certification program.
Despite increasingly intelligent vehicles, the next few years will “continue to see conditions suggesting strong demand for both the auto insurance and collision repair industries,” said Susanna Gotsch.