The new Chief Cam Scan HD computerized measuring system allows technicians to see and document the full scope of the damage to a heavy-duty vehicle.The 3M Total Automotive Sanding System is offered in five systems (Electric Body Repair Set shown), with Festool tools and accessories and 3M consumables.The new 230 amp Multimatic 215 from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. delivers all-in-one multiprocess capabilities for MIG, flux-cored, DC TIG and DC stick welding.Pro Spot’s SP-5 Smart MIG welder, which automatically switches between aluminum, silicon bronze, and steel, is now available as a 300-amp, 230/400V three-phase model.Astro Pneumatic’s composite 216QL 1/4-inch die grinder offers 3/4 HP.

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Cam Scan HD computerized measuring system identifies and documents all heavy-duty collision damage

     Madison, Ind.Chief’s new Cam Scan HD (SEMA Show booth 10116; is the first computerized measuring system in North America designed to identify and document all collision damage on heavy-duty vehicles, including trucks and buses.

     “Our new Cam Scan HD computerized measuring system provides the precise, accurate measurements technicians need to eliminate any guesswork when analyzing frame damage on heavy-duty vehicles,” said Lee Daugherty, heavy-duty sales manager for Chief. “With all the engineering advancements being made in the vehicle design and manufacturing process, shops need the precision of our computerized measuring system to properly repair collision-damaged vehicles. Cam Scan HD is also faster than other measuring methods and provides documentation of damage and completed repairs.”

     The Chief Cam Scan HD computerized measuring system lets technicians easily measure and compare two points anywhere on a vehicle using PanoVision Technology, a patented process for making precise measurements from stereophotogrammic images. It can measure the condition of a frame in the X, Y and Z axes to detect diamond, mash, sway and twist. The Chief Cam Scan HD system can be used for frame rail analysis, axle and trailer alignment analysis, and to measure areas that the centerline gauge and string method can’t, such as upper body damage and cab openings. Because it is faster and more accurate than traditional measuring methods, it is more profitable for shops, with the added benefit of providing documentation of each measurement, the company said.

3M Total Automotive Sanding System is powered by Festool Automotive Systems

     St. Paul, Minn.—The 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division (SEMA Show booth 61027; has collaborated with TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co. KG, maker of Festool brand products, on a new and comprehensive surface preparation and finishing system. 

     According to 3M, its Total Automotive Sanding System is engineered to support the ongoing needs for cleaner, safer, more efficient and profitable collision repair shops. There are five systems offered – the Body Repair Set and the Paint Prep Set are available with recommended Festool pneumatic and electric products, accessories and 3M consumables, as well as dust extraction equipment. The Paint Finishing Set is available with Festool pneumatic products, accessories and 3M consumables.

     “At 3M, we spend a tremendous amount of time studying the way collision repair shops run today and how they could run in the future,” said Todd Bailey, marketing manager for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “We continually look at process improvements, new SOPs and new solutions for getting repairs done more quickly and efficiently without sacrificing quality. The new 3M Total Automotive Sanding System integrates our innovative abrasive products, advanced repair processes and new collaboration with Festool’s premium power tools.”

Miller Multimatic 215 welder delivers multiprocess capabilities and up to 230 amps of power

     Appleton, Wis.-The new Multimatic 215 from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. (SEMA Show booth 24113; provides up to 230 amps of power for all-in-one multi-process capabilities for MIG, flux-cored, DC TIG and DC stick welding and welds up to 3/8-inch thick mild steel in a single pass. Just add an electrode holder or a torch and it’s ready for DC stick or DC TIG welding, too. The inverter-based machine provides a stable arc with minimal spatter for less cleanup, and the Smooth-Start technology ensures consistently smooth MIG arc starts.

     Weighing 38 pounds, the machine has a small footprint. It can be easily set up for multiple materials and weld processes using the LCD interface, featuring Auto-Set Elite.

     “We love the versatility of the Multimatic 215,” said Andy Maylish, chassis fabricator for Hendrick Motorsports. “We go from TIG welding control arms to MIG welding chassis in no time. It’s easy to set up, has a beautiful weld and the TIG Lift Arc is awesome.”

     SEMA Show attendees can try the product and others at demonstration areas in the Miller booth. In addition, visitors to the booth can attend automotive-focused welding seminars and sign up to win a new Multimatic 215. 

Pro Spot SP-5 Smart MIG now available as three-phase

     Carlsbad, Calif.—Pro Spot (SEMA Show booth 10839; has added 300-amp, 230/400V, three-phase capability to its SP-5 Smart Mig welder, which also just received Mercedes-Benz approval.

     The SP-5 Smart MIG has three MIG torches that can be setup for three different base metals: aluminum, silicon bronze, and steel. The shielding gas and weld program with the appropriate synergic curve automatically switch when pulling the trigger. According to Pro Spot, the SP-5 is ideal for body shops welding stainless steel and aluminum. In synergic mode, the microprocessor controls optimal arc stability and weld quality. The SP-5 also comes equipped for TIG and MMA/stick welding. MIG and TIG welding can be done in continuous or pulse mode.

Astro’s Quiet Die Grinder puts industrial power levels in the palm of your hand

     South El Monte, Calif.–According to Astro Pneumatic Tool Co. (SEMA Show booth 11229;, its composite 216QL 1/4-inch die grinder, 3/4 HP, offers industrial power levels.

     Its unique quick-lock design uses a simple slide collar to lock the spindle in place, so it requires only one standard wrench for attachment changes. The RPM can be quickly adjusted by a dial under the locking lever throttle, while the composite handle eliminates vibration, cold temperatures, and provides a firm grip.



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