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The new offering combines the company’s Automatchic hand-held spectrophotometer with its MIXIT digital color retrieval technology.
Netherlands—AkzoNobel has combined two of its most color-matching tools into a single system. The new offering combines the company’s Automatchic hand-held spectrophotometer with its MIXIT digital color retrieval technology. Now known as Automatchic in MIXIT, the system creates a single, seamless...
Charlotte, N.C.—CARSTAR and Assured Performance have jointly announced they will provide a special OEM certification initiative and bundled services to CARSTAR locations across North America. The new initiative leverages Assured Performance tools and resources for CARSTAR store owners to help...
Diagnostic solution will serve Cooks’ 38 full-service collision repair centers, from Sacramento to Los Angeles.
Plano, Texas—Repairify Inc., the makers of the asTech diagnostic device, have partnered with Cooks Collision to build a comprehensive diagnostic and vehicle electronics repair solution for its 38 full-service collision repair centers in California, from Sacramento to Los Angeles. The solution...
Industrial Finishes & Systems founder Stuart Barr is presented a 1927 Ford Tudor Custom Hot Rod as part of the anniversary dinner.
Eugene, Ore.—Industrial Finishes & Systems, Inc. is celebrating the company’s 60th year. Officially founded in Eugene, Ore., in 1958, Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc. has grown into a leading distributor of coatings, adhesives, abrasives, and supplies. During 1956-1957, Stuart Barr worked...
Pittsburgh—PPG released its 2017 Corporate Sustainability Report, which details the company’s continued progress in strengthening its sustainable operations in 2017 and the launch of new, aggressive sustainability goals it aims to achieve by 2025. The report is available at sustainability.ppg.com...
3M’s 08840 sound-deadening pad meets OEM standards and can be used with 3M seam sealers for factory-match applications.
Conformable sound-deadening pad matches OEM standards      St. Paul, Minn—The 3M (www.3m.com)conformable sound deadening pad, part no. 08840, reduces road noise, sound system vibrations, and rattles, around trunks, door panels, hoods, floor pans and more. The self-adhesive, 500 x 500 mm (19.685 in...
Jake Rodenroth of Collision Diagnostic Services says ADAS technicians in body shops will need both collision and mechanical knowledge and skills.
Westminster, Colo.—The Automotive Service Association’s “Collision Division Operations Committee” has defined a new category of technicians increasingly needed at body shops. Speaking at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in Denver in mid-April, Roy Schnepper of Butler’s Collision in...
This vehicle needed only a fender replaced and a blend on the  A-pillar, but to restore it to pre-loss condition, this aperture was refinished by GSR Quality Collision Repair.
Before Marc Gabbard, owner of GSR Quality Collision Repair in Yakima, Wash., turned his focus to collision repair, his main business was restorations and building high-end street rods and customs. “As we decided to phase out of that and into collision repair, I wanted to focus on the highest...
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In the field of self-driving cars, algorithms for controlling lane changes are an important topic of study. But most existing lane-change algorithms have one of two drawbacks: Either they rely on detailed statistical models of the driving environment, which are difficult to...
Clarence, New York – May 15, 2018 – Dynabrade is pleased to announce that DanAm sales representatives, who represent SATA for the USA and Puerto Rico, will also represent Dynabrade, the leading US supplier of abrasive-related air tools, source capture vacuum systems and specialty abrasives. “We are...

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