National Collision

CIC Chairman Randy Stabler voiced support for continued work on CIC’s Class A shop definition.
Palm Springs, Calif. — What tools, equipment, and training should a “Class A” collision repair shop have – and should the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) continue to play a role in defining the essentials? That was a matter of some debate at the quarterly CIC, held here in mid-January. Since...
DanAm Air’s push-to-connect technology is quick to assemble and leakproof. If a fitting should need to be removed, arrows printed on each side of the fitting make it easy to tighten the caps to the proper torque before reinstallation.
Spring Valley, Minn. — Clean, dry air from a properly designed airline system is essential to achieve consistent results and to prevent costly redos in automotive refinishing. It’s a topic more shop managers and owners are paying attention to, said Tony Larimer, director of sales and marketing at...
Polyvance’s Bumpersmith 2.0 combines a nitrogen plastic welding system with a fold-out bumper workstation.
Bumpersmith 2.0 workstation adds nitrogen plastic welding      Rainsville, Ala. — The new 6071 Bumpersmith 2.0 from Polyvance (formerly Urethane Supply Co.) combines a nitrogen plastic welding system with a fold-out bumper workstation, which allows the technician to hold the bumper in just about...
Washington, D.C.—The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) recently elected new members to its Technical Committee, including Alan Bush, ALD and Associates; Jim Fisher, PBSI-DS; Bob Guzdziol, K.S.I. Trading; Don Hill, State Farm; Jim Horner, USAA; Jim Miras, Micro Rim Corporation; Mark...
Las Vegas—Chief recently added Globaljig benches, universal fixture systems and other “European style” structural repair equipment to its North American product offering. The new line augments Chief’s existing product portfolio that includes frame racks, vehicle holding systems, computerized...
North Richland Hills, Texas -- The NACE/CARS 2016 conference and exposition, North America’s largest automotive collision and service repair event, is once again receiving strong industry support from key organizations and associations. This year’s event, taking place in Anaheim, Calif. Aug. 9 - 13...
The ADPKIT features more than 60 different tools to effectively work with aluminum.
Kenosha, Wis.—Snap-on knows technicians and shops need the right tools to meet the demands of an ever-evolving vehicle service industry. Take the new Snap-on ADPKIT Aluminum Dent Pulling and Tool Kit, which helps address the increasing use of aluminum for body panels by vehicle manufacturers. The...
Mitchell’s Brian Elmi, director of product management, Auto Physical Damage Solutions, demonstrates at the recent SEMA Show how the company’s mobile offering mirrors its desktop RepairCenter program.
Las Vegas — Making shops run more efficiently — and thus allowing them to make more profit — is the goal of Mitchell’s RepairCenter, and a few recent additions enhance those functions, said Brian Elmi, director of product management for Auto Physical Damage Solutions, who spoke with Parts &...
Trick Tools Owner Bruce Van Sant said the company focuses on high-quality specialty metal fabrication tools such as this MetalAce 28F Imperial English Wheel. One of the company’s flagship English wheels, the 44F model, sits unfinished in the background at the company’s 25,000-square-foot warehouse.
Pella, Iowa — It’s a piece of equipment that harkens back to old-world coachbuilders, requiring a craftsman to methodically pull a piece of metal between polished wheels attached to a large, sturdy frame. With successive motion and increasing tension on the wheels, what was just a flat piece of...
Cypress, Calif.—Clarion Corporation of America recently announced that it has brought on BASF, the world's largest chemical company and an unmatched expert in the coatings industry, as a silver level sponsor of the Clarion Builds Acura NSX project. BASF will be supplying the NSX project with its...

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