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Introducing: Pro Signature Series Paint Suits

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on TRUE Pro Signature Series Paint Suits or any other TRUE Performance Products, contact Industrial Finishes by phone at 800.531.1305 or by visiting your nearest Industrial Finishes Location.

 

 

Industrial Finishes Opens Fresno California Store

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Industrial Finishes & Systems is pleased to announce the opening of our latest location – Fresno, California! This location adds to our growing presence in California, joining our locations in Rancho Cordova, Napa, Fremont, and Bakersfield, and Concord. This is the ninth California location overall, as we continue to expand our footprint in the California market.

Strategically placed between Sacramento and Bakersfield, our new location will help better serve the needs of the robust Fresno auto body repair community by providing them with the highest quality service and products.

Our new location in Fresno can be found at 4529 N. Marty Ave #101 and can be reached by phone at 559-416-9550.

Additionally, industry veteran Craig Fry has joined Industrial Finishes & Systems in Fresno. Craig’s experience and focus on service make him a great addition to the team and an asset to body shops and collision repair centers in the Fresno area.

Gateway Safety Adds R95, N100 Options to Growing Line of Disposable Particulate Respirator Family

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Industrial Finishes now has access to additional NIOSH-approved disposable particulate respirators. The TruAir® family, Gateway Safety’s traditional-style line of respirators, has added two new options: an R95 and an N100 product.

R95 respirators filter at least 95% of particulate aerosols below the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) and N100 respirators provide 99.97% filtration of particulate aerosols free of oils below the PEL.

All TruAir products offer the same great features: a large, molded shell to reduce breathing resistance; an adjustable metal nosepiece for a tight seal around the nose; and latex-free, dual elastic head straps to help with a secure fit.

TruAir’s tried-and-true, traditional design is widely accepted, helping increase compliance, while answering the call for cost-effective disposable respiratory protection.

  • Large, molded shell helps to reduce breathing resistance, minimizing end-user fatigue.
  • Adjustable metal nosepiece provides a safe, secure fit.
  • Non-latex, elastic head straps.
  • NIOSH approved N95, N99, N100, R95 and P100 options available.

 

For more details on NIOSH filtration classes, or to determine the appropriate type of respirator for a specific application, visit the NIOSH website at: www.cdc.com/niosh.

For more information on Gateway Safety Products, contact Industrial Finishes  by phone at 800.531.1305 or by visiting your nearest Industrial Finishes Location.

 

Visit Gateway Safety’s TruAir Product Page here.

Download the new TruAir Product Flyer (PDF)

Descargar el nuevo folleto de TruAir, español (PDF)

 

Introducing…fX3 Premium Anti-Fog!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

The 3rd Generation in Anti-Fog, With Superior Fog Resistance

fX3 Premium Anti-Fog is a longer-lasting, more effective anti-fog/anti-scratch solution for safety eyewear that offers the following benefits:

SUPERIOR ANTI-FOG PERFORMANCE.
Engineered with an innovative solution that fights fog better than current alternatives.

LONGER-LASTING EFFECTIVENESS.
Adheres longer than water-based coatings and can withstand multiple lens cleanings.

GREATER SCRATCH RESISTANCE.
Stands up to scratching eight times better than standard anti-fog coatings.

fX3 has been tested in accordance with the EN 166 standard for anti-fog and passes steam, cleaning, adhesion and wipe tests.

For more information, click here to download the fX3 overview flyer.

 

fX3 is currently available in these popular eyewear products:

 

 

Watch for additional product options coming soon!

 

For more information on Gateway Safety products, contact Industrial Finishes  by phone at 800.531.1305 or by visiting your nearest Industrial Finishes Location.

 

PulseTech Battery Management Program

Monday, April 17th, 2017

 

We want you to try our simple 3 step program to see how much we can help you!

Back in 1994, PulseTech Products Corporation were asked by the engineers at Fort Hood, Texas to design a program to help the US military reduce their battery costs.  The soldiers were not battery experts but they saw a need to keep their batteries in the field and combat ready so they introduced a battery management program that taught them how to manage their batteries from cradle to grave.  In 2 years PulseTech reduced the battery expenses at Fort Hood by $7 million.  These savings were only the amount spent on batteries and did not include the costs of downtime and other expenses that goes with battery failures.

This program is now available in the commercial market and if you have not started using this program, you are losing money.  This simple 3 step program teaches how to restore batteries instead of replacing them, how to maintain them and keep them charged and ready to perform at all times.

PulseTech’s April PulseTalk is focused on their Battery Management Program.  Some of the benefits of using this program include:

  • Extends battery life up to 3 times
  • Recovers 70% of spent batteries
  • Extends alternator and starter life
  • Reduces the number of batteries purchased
  • Reduces hazardous waste generation

You can download PulseTech’s April edition of PulseTalk here.  For more information on PulseTech products, contact Industrial Finishes  by phone at 800.531.1305 or by visiting your nearest Industrial Finishes Location.

 

 

As Seen In….

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

RV Pro Magazine helps to usher in the ProKure product line.  ProKure kills RV odors and smells while disinfecting.  The product provides a powerful, non-toxic disinfectant and odor-fighting powerhouse in liquid and gas form.  It is designed to be safe and effective while offering a hospital-grade solution for hard, non-porous surfaces.  The product is used in the health care, hospitality, law enforcement, and cruise line industries.  ProKure is an EPA-registered disinfectant (tuberculocide, virucide, fungicide, algaecide, and slimicide).

For more information on ProKure contact Industrial Finishes  by phone at 800.531.1305 or by visiting your nearest Industrial Finishes Location.

 

Lighting for Vehicles Lifts and Custom Applications Done Right!

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

LiftLyte Magnetic LED Lighting System is a great solution for frame racks, and offers excellent value as it increases efficiency.  The 14′ x 2″ wide angled LED light strips come with strong Neodymuim magnets providing easy installation and flexibility to move or reposition for better area lighting.

As a unique alternative to hand-held lights, the LiftLyte is designed to provide service personnel with a highly effective, full range, Under-Vehicle Lighting System.  High intensity automobile trouble lights produce glare and deep shadows that can mask problem areas… flashlights, floodlights and daylight all share this problem.

The LiftLyte uses LED strip technology to produce a bright, uniform no-glare light devoid of obscuring shadows.  The system is designed to be installed on the side rails of Vehicle Lifts or the side walls of Inspection Pit areas.

The LiftLyte System is attached Magnetically for ultimate versatility including the ability to swap between lifts, moved to accommodate lift accessories or used anywhere you can safely place a magnet…  Hands-Free Lighting – when and where you need it!!!

  • Full Area Illumination
  • No Shadows
  • “Plug & Play” Installation – No hand tools required.
  • Eliminates Lamp or Filament breakage in demanding work applications.
  • More than 30,000 hours of Lamp-Life resulting in lower maintenance costs.
  • Resists Vibration, Impact, Sudden movements and shock.
  • Efficient Light Transmission.
  • Environmentally Protective Coatings for maximum Durability and Long Life

 

Industrial Finishes and Systems has a select few left at an incredible price of only

$370

 

For more information on the LiftLyte Magnetic LED Lighting System, please contact Industrial Finishes  by phone at 800.531.1305 or visit your nearest Industrial Finishes Location.  Be sure to click here for ad price and mention it to the salesperson!

Smart, Simple Scheduling

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

(Article courtesy of David Luehr)

Scheduling is a necessity for collision shops that want to improve cycle time and decrease unnecessary work-in-process (WIP). However, far too many shops over-complicate scheduling, spending hours trying to predict the future using unstable labor hours. What I mean by unstable, is that some people, and even electronic scheduling systems, attempt to schedule work into the shop based on an initial estimate that is probably inaccurate.

For as long as I can remember, people have been trying to create the perfect scheduling system, which has remained as elusive as a herd of purple unicorns. There have been some impressive looking solutions, but unless the shop using it has a precise estimate on all the cars in the system, and can also perfectly predict the work-flow, the scheduling factors will constantly be changing and render the system useless in most cases. So, what can be done?

Don’t over-think this stuff, JUST KEEP IT SIMPLE! Here is a system my Elite shops use that works as well as anything, and it doesn’t cost anything. All you need to understand is two things: 1. How many vehicles can you repair each week on average to meet revenue requirements? 2. What is your optimum WIP?

Determine how many ROs your shop repairs each week on average and then bring that number of new jobs in each week.  Just don’t bring them all in on Monday!

The best shops in the  country bring nearly the same amount of new repair jobs into their shop each day and they also deliver the same amount of repair jobs each day. wip-table-2

The more sophisticated shops will triage, or categorize the size of job to create better workflow out in the shop. Here is an example of a simple scheduling tool created only using an Excel spreadsheet.

The scheduling template on page 1 was created for a shop that produces 25 vehicles on average each week, so there are 25 slots to write in scheduled repairs. Using historical data from computer management systems, we were able to determine an approximate work mix based simply on dollar amount categories. For starters, if you can simply just count the vehicles regardless of job size, you will still be miles ahead of most shops.

As you can also see from this example, this shop feels comfortable bringing in new repair jobs each day of the week. As mentioned earlier, some of the best shops literally bring in the same number of vehicle every day, even on Friday. My advice is to start with a schedule such as the one shown, and as you continue to improve processes and your confidence increases, you can then begin to progress towards the same number of new jobs each day.

Optimum WIP – What is the right number of vehicles or labor hours you should have on the property? That depends on a couple factors, but is still relatively simple to figure out. You multiply your shop’s daily average throughput (how many vehicles you deliver each day on average) multiplied by your average cycle time days. Let’s use the same shop that we used for the scheduling example above which can produce 25 repairs a week, or 5 repairs per work day. This shop has an average cycle time of 10 days. To maintain a cycle time of 10 days and produce 5 cars a day, it will need to always have about 50 vehicles on the property.

5 vehicles X 10 days = 50 units (WIP)         5 vehicles X 8 days = 40 units (WIP

If you wanted to improve your cycle time, you would need to reduce your WIP count or increase productivity. For example, if you wanted to reduce your average cycle time from 10 days to 8, you would need to reduce your average WIP unit count to 40 units. Or you would need to increase your throughput to deliver more vehicles each day.

Bringing it all together

Don’t overthink the scheduling part, it will only stress you out! Just think of it as needing to bring in enough vehicles to maintain your optimum WIP which is simply a result of how closely you can match your output with your input. Keep in mind that whenever your WIP count climbs above your “optimum” WIP number, your cycle time will suffer, and if your WIP count falls too far below optimum, it might further improve your cycle time, but it could also negatively affect your revenue goals if you run out of production ready work. You can also count WIP hours instead of WIP units/ vehicles, but typically counting units will get the job done! Each day, if you keep an eye on sales vs. goal, and WIP count and make the necessary adjustments, you will be amazed how it will improve your collision repair business.

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Contact Dave Luehr for help creating the best solutions for your shop!

david.luehr@elitebodyshopsolutions.com or visit www.elitebodyshopsolutions.com

 

Please be sure to contact Industrial Finishes and Systems by phone, 1-800-531-1305, or email info@industrialfinishes.com, about upcoming webinars for collision repair shops, and access to our custom library of resources including monthly TIPs & IMPACT Elite webinars.

 

PowerPulse Applies Pulse Technology to Regularly Charged Batteries

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The PowerPulse is one of the most popular and versatile products offered by PulseTech Products Corporation, and is a vital part of their Battery Management Program.  When using the PowerPulse Battery Maintenance System, make sure all regularly charged batteries are continuously being pulsed with this affordable tool that will equalize batteries, increase the capacity in older batteries and triple the life of new batteries!

The PowerPulse Maintenance System was selected as a Top 50 Product by Automotive Engineering magazine and is designed to ensure maximum battery performance in frequently used vehicles or pieces of equipment. It is not a charger and should only be used on vehicles or equipment that are regularly used and frequently charged. Charging alone doesn’t eliminate the main cause of battery failure – energy robbing lead sulfate deposits on battery plates.

The PowerPulse is a performance enhancing device designed to help batteries charge faster and provide maximum performance and power by generating an intermittent, optimized high frequency pulse that reduces existing sulfate deposits and keeps them from building up again. The patented Pulse Technology enables batteries to accept, store and release maximum power when needed.  PowerPulse units work with single batteries, batteries in parallel and batteries in series. Refer to the chart below for the various PowerPulse configurations.

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This small-weather proof product can supplement your existing charging system and can be powered in two different ways. When the battery is being charged either by an onboard charger or a separate charging system, it will use the charging current as a power source. The rest of the time PowerPulse uses a small portion of the battery’s own energy so it is working 24-hours a day so you don’t need an electrical outlet. Accordingly, it should only be used on vehicles or equipment that is regularly used and frequently charged.

Features:

  • Makes your batteries last up to 3 times longer than normal – even forklift batteries
  • 4 voltages available – 12, 24, 36 and 48 volt products for multiple battery systems
  • Maximizes the performance of ALL lead-acid batteries, including flooded, AGM, Gel and Deep Cycle designs
  • Exclusive Pulse Technology maximizes power and performance by eliminating power-robbing sulfate crystals
  • Indestructable waterproof design
  • 5 year limited warranty

 

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If batteries are important and are charged at least monthly, the PowerPulse is a MUST.  Click here for more information on the PowerPulse. You can also contact Industrial Finishes by phone, 800.531.1305, or email info@industrialfinishes.com.

 

 

RVIA Members Elect Eight To Board of Directors

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) members elected eight members to its board of directors in the association elections that took place in August, according to a press release.

In the campaign for two manufacturer seats, Bob Martin, Thor Industries Inc. president and CEO, and Newmar Corp. President Matt Miller, were elected.

Other appointments included:

The RVIA board of director elections took place from Aug. 1-31 with official representatives from member companies casting their votes electronically through an on-line ballot. Those elected to the board begin serving their three-year terms on Oct. 1.

The RVIA board of directors has the highest level of authority in the association’s organizational structure and is responsible for association matters on a broad policy basis. Industrial Finishes & Systems is a proud supporter of RVIA and the recreation vehicle industry. We congratulate Craig for his election to the board!