Mitchell RepairCenter expands link with PPG Automotive Refinish PaintManager software

Two-way interface increases efficiency and accuracy for estimating paint costs

San Diego—Mitchell has implemented a seamless two-way interface of Mitchell RepairCenter solution and the PaintManager software color formula retrieval system.

Working in tandem, the two systems will help collision facility customers save time and reduce errors by eliminating the need for shop personnel to rekey vehicle and repair order information. Additionally, critical mix data from PPG’s proprietary PaintManager software will automatically be transported back to the RepairCenter solution to achieve accurate paint material costs.

The PaintManager software helps boost collision center productivity by combining computerized color mixing accuracy and efficiency with comprehensive reporting and tracking features. The product is part of the PPG Automotive Refinish line of advanced technology paint and coating systems for the automotive and fleet refinishing industry. Mitchell’s RepairCenter solution enables collision repair facilities of any size to select the features they want to manage — the repair, their customers, and their business the way that best meets their needs. Repair facilities can also add modules as their business grows from within their own personalized workspace.

The integration also improves the accuracy of overall job costing. Collision centers enter information once in the RepairCenter solution, and the system will generate a seamless, easily accessible data stream for partner tools to monitor and manage repairs and paint procedures on behalf of the body shop, which helps shops manage materials more effectively, improve technician efficiency and ensure that invoices sent to customers and insurance companies reflect the true list price of the paint used.

“Integrating these systems is part of our promise to provide PPG customers with every opportunity to improve their paint operations,” said Mary Kimbro, PPG Global director, Color. “We are aware that our customers demand and deserve excellence in all aspects of the repair process. With the collision repair industry moving to new levels of technological capabilities, these two advanced applications represent the leading edge. By linking the systems, collision shops can experience improved productivity, efficiency, management and, of course, financial performance.”

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