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Chief Automotive Technologies offers the most extensive line of collision repair equipment, including frame machine, measuring tools, anchoring systems, welding, aluminum repair, aluminum welder, vehicle specification products and we offer Chief University a collision repair school providing the most up-to-date training in the industry. Chief continues to aggressively develop and launch innovative products that enable shops of all shapes and sizes to become more productive and successful. We offer everything you need for any collision repair.
Chief offers collision repair shops a total repair solution. We supply equipment to diagnose and identify collision damage, repair the damage through pulling the frame, replacing parts or welding, and document that the vehicle was returned to the original manufacturer’s specifications. The level of sophistication Chief welders offer goes beyond just melting two metals together. Data reporting on weld strength, automatic tool recognition and similar technologies provides repair technicians with more time to repair and less worry about ever-changing demands on the collision industry. You’ll be happier that vehicles are being repaired faster with better results and in turn, making your shop more profitable.
Chief was recently admitted to the National Truck & Heavy Equipment Claims Council (NTHECC),
the pivotal industry trade organization dedicated to ethics, efficiency and
issues involving the servicing of insurance claims and the subsequent repairs
of all forms of heavy-duty vehicles and equipment. Chief was elected into the
council as an associate member by majority vote of the membership at its spring
Chief, North America’s leading collision repair equipment
manufacturer, has added two distributors to its extensive sales and service network.
New Orleans Equipment Company of Harahan, Louisiana, will support customers in
Louisiana and south central Mississippi, while Collision Equipment Experts,
Inc., of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, will cover the Chicago, central Illinois
and western Indiana regions. Both companies will carry the full Chief line,
including frame racks, benches,
vehicle-anchoring systems, measuring systems, vehicle frame specifications,
welders, rivet guns and more.
Chief will show NACE | CARS 2016 attendees how the OEM shift to
lighter-weight materials such as aluminum, carbon fiber, high-strength steels
and magnesium is driving the need for new equipment and repair techniques to
perform proper collision repairs. NACE | CARS 2016 takes place August 9-13 at
the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Chief will be in booth
The foundation of a solid collision repair remains the trusty frame rack, backed by a reliable measuring system. Chief's Structural Holding Package includes vice clamps that can be used to secure vehicle frames to the rack at multiple locations. The additional holding points provided by the Structural Holding Package help distribute pressure when pulling out frame damage, which reduces the risk of inflicting additional damage to the vehicle.
Chief Accessory Packages feature the most innovative tools for repairing today’s vehicles.These pulling accessories are available in eleven configurations, offering maximum versatility to keep pace with the evolution of automotive design. You can make precise pulls on hundreds of unitized and conventional frame models while minimizing the possibility of distortion.
Another innovation from Chief – the Universal Anchoring System, now featuring Chief’s Uni- Clamp design, which requires just one bolt size instead of three as on previous systems. Technicians need only one socket, and each stand has four bolts instead of six so there are fewer bolts to tighten. The Uni-Clamp can be retrofitted onto existing universal anchoring stands to increase anchoring speed and productivity.
As vehicles are constructed out of lighter materials and
more emphasis is placed on reducing weight it is imperative that technicians
are more informed than ever about welding.
Knowledge plus the
right equipment will give workers an advantage in keeping repairs correct. This guide will provide some of these
Chief Automotive Technologies is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-quality collision repair products and services, including frame-pulling equipment, vehicle-anchoring systems, measuring systems, and vehicle frame specifications. Chief is also aleading provider of comprehensive training on structural analysis, measuring, collision theory and design based repair.
Chief’s collision repair equipment is more powerful, versatile and capable than ever before, and has been specifically designed to service modern cars and trucks. Vehicles designed and manufactured today are technologically light-years ahead of vehicles that rolled off the assembly line just a few short years ago, and this fundamental shift in how vehicles are conceived and built is why you need a company like Chief behind you.
Chief Automotive has several Design Based Repair Systems® on the market today, with more to follow. These systems have been specifically designed to allow shops to use the “Best Way Technology™” available to make the appropriate repairs. Additionally, Chief offers diagnostic products to assist in validating the status of vehicle systems once repairs are made, and is even working to address the issue of quickly locating OEM vehicle data.
Get comfortable with the phrase "Design Based Repair" because it’s shaping up to be the future of the collision repair industry for many years to come. Cheif will be here to help you navigate that future.