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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: EQUALIZER

Monday, June 29th, 2015

AUTO AND RV GLASS REMOVAL IS EASY WITH EQUALIZER.

Based in Round Rock, Texas, Equalizer provides the foremost service to national and international markets. Manufacturing Auto Glass Repair and Removal Tools since 1986, Industrial Finishes began to sell Equalizer’s top products in 1994.

So what about Equalizer’s tools? What makes them so special? Each tool is made from high-quality materials and is sure to be tested by industry professionals. The tools make removing, repairing and replacement smarter and easier. You’ll save valuable technician hours with better results for your customers. The Equalizer glass removal systems are so easy that training new technicians is a breeze.

For a quick look at the efficiency and speed of an Equalizer remover, watch this short video Equalizer Rock Star Instruction Video.

Equalizer not only makes the finest auto glass tools, but it involves the community and consumer audience in an annual Auto Week in Las Vegas.

The “Pilkington Clear Advantage – Auto Glass Technician Olympics” provides technicians from around the world with the opportunity to compete in replacing damaged glass parts. Veterans in the auto glass industry judge based on quality of procedure, safety, cleanliness and customer interaction. Technicians and specialists compete for the coveted title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.”

This competition isn’t only for fun; it is a combination of competition and learning. During Auto Week, technicians acquire knowledge and skills from professionals in areas such as safety, quality installations and innovative techniques. For more info about Auto Week visit www.autoglassweek.com.

Equalizer representative, Shauna Davis, sees a “wide range of growth by increasing Equalizer product awareness with Industrial Finishes.” The relationship between Industrial Finishes and Equalizer continues to thrive. To find the leading tools to help remove, repair and replace auto glass, contact your Industrial Finishes sales representative.

Visit an Industrial Finishes store to find industry leading Equalizer products, email Industrial Finishes at info@industrialfinishes.com or call 800. 531. 1305.

Contributed by Emily Brown

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CONTRACTOR OPERATED PARTS STORE (COPARS)

Friday, June 19th, 2015

OUR TEAM IN UTAH EXTENDS SUPPORT FOR MILITARY CUSTOMERS.

A “Contractor Operated Parts Store,” or COPARS, provides key supplies for military installations. While the Aerospace Division of Automotive and Industrial Supply has been serving our military for decades supplying various products and services including aerospace coatings, adhesives, sealants and lubricants, we’re now getting into the COPARS business. Recently AIS has expanded our service, developing a COPARS to supply auto parts for fleet vehicles for Utah’s Dugway Proving Grounds and Hill Air Force Base (HAFB).

Our COPARS store supplies products like windshield wipers, tires, filters, fuses, and many more necessary parts for fleet vehicles. These vehicles include fire trucks, light and medium-duty trucks, tractors, and even snow vehicles. James Johnston, AIS Central Purchaser at COPARS, says that some of the best aspects of his job are communicating with people from all over the country while working directly in such a great environment at HAFB.

We love working with our aerospace and military customers and look forward to many more years of serving them. Let us know how we can help you.

Note: Our military sales are typically managed by our Utah-based team at Automotive and Industrial Supply (AIS)

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: SEM

Friday, June 19th, 2015

SEM REPAIR & REFINISHING PRODUCTS HAS BEEN PRODUCING TOP OF THE LINE PAINTS, ADHESIVES AND COATING PRODUCTS FOR OVER 65 YEARS. As a leading manufacturer, SEM provides and exceeds automotive, aerospace and marine repair and refinishing needs.

Take Trim Black Euro Jet for example. SEM introduced the product as an extension of the well-loved Trim Black product line. It boasts quicker and easier use for technicians restoring OEM trim, and provides an optimal fan pattern to reduce waste and overspray.

This product is available in matte, satin and gloss finishes and can be applied on imported and domestic vehicles. Its ease of application works on a variety of surfaces:

  • Automotive trim components
  • Window trim
  • Wiper blade arms
  • Fender flares
  • Windshield cowels

Alongside many other SEM products, Industrial Finishes now carries Trim Black Euro Jet in an array of sizes and presentations:

  • Trim Black Euro Jet Matte – 16 oz. Aerosol
  • Trim Black Euro Jet Gloss – 16 oz. Aerosol
  • Trim Black Euro Jet Satin – 16 oz. Aerosol
  • Trim Black Euro Jet Satin – Quart

SEM has perfected a product and Industrial Finishes is your retailer.

Contact info@industrialfinishes.com or 800.531.1305 for the best OEM trim spray to meet your needs.

Check out the SEM Product Spotlight Video!

Story contributed by Emily Brown

Category Automotive

Respirators: What you need to know

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Is your respirator legal according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration?

When working in the collision repair industry, it is of utmost importance to protect lungs from particles and debris. The OSHA has specific regulations and requirements for using respirators in collision repair facilities.

Faulty or improper use of respirator compliances has become the most frequently cited OSHA regulation in the industry. Don’t get fined for a respirator that doesn’t meet the code. Fines, on average, are $630 and can be more based on the severity of the situation (Industrial Safety and Hygiene News).

According to OSHA, all collision repair centers should follow these requirements for using respirators:

– Site-specific written program
– Medical evaluation for all employees required to use respirators
– Annual respirator training
– Fit testing is required prior to initial use, upon facial changes effecting fit and at least annually

Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could save hundreds of lives and avert thousands of illnesses each year.

Follow these steps to prevent fatal or possibly fatal incidents:

– Have each employee required to use a respirator complete the Medical Evaluation Questionnaire
– Schedule annual training and fittings for employees using respirators
– Include training, medical evaluation and fittings for new employees

Call or email info@industrialfinishes.com with questions regarding respirator requirements and regulations.

Category Automotive