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Appleton, Wis.—Miller Electric Mfg. Co.’s (www.MillerWelds.com) Digital Infinity Series welding helmets feature the largest viewing area in the industry, according to the company, with a 13.4-square-inch viewing area to eliminate tunnel vision. The four arc sensors have four modes: weld, cut, grind...
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...
Strongsville, Ohio—While the perfect color match and glossy clearcoat get most of the glory, the primer is the foundation of any quality repair. And with PPG Automotive Refinish’s new DPS3105 V-Prime Quick Prime urethane surfacer, body technicians in National Rule markets can move more cars than...
High-strength steels designed to protect occupants have forever changed the way a vehicle absorbs and transfers energy.  Unseen structural collision damage is now commonplace, Chief Automotive Technologies’ Richard Perry said, warning that visual inspections and one-dimensional measurements during...
Poway, Calif.—Mitchell 1 has enhanced its SocialCRM shop marketing service by adding a new feature that gives automotive repair shops the ability to recover “lost customers” by automatically sending promotion emails to any consumers that have been away from their shop for more than 12 months. “...
Volvo plant USA. Volvo has announced that it will build its first U.S. manufacturing plant in South Carolina. A $500 million facility north of Charleston will begin construction in late 2015 with first production runs expected for 2018. Volvo officials said initially the plant will produce about...
Farmington Hills, Mich.—MAHLE is moving more and more toward being a systems supplier in thermal management, as evidenced by its pending acquisition of Delphi’s U.S. thermal management division, expected to be completed in the fall. The move illustrates the company’s stand that comprehensive...
Roanoke, Va.—MOTOSHOP Technology Tools has launched a contest for commercial garages and repair shops that will award one grand-prize winner up to $10,000 in new technology equipment and services to provide a shop technology makeover. Shops interested in entering the contest can submit their entry...
Washington, D.C.—Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable low volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide.  Replica vehicles resemble classic cars produced at least 25 years ago. ...
Farmington Hills, Mich.—In an effort to assist its members in bringing new and improved equipment and tools to the marketplace, The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) released it research study findings.  The survey intended to quantify the impact aftermarket service facilities have on the new car...

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