News Archive 2016

Technicians can inspect and measure the extent of collision damage on a truck tractor more easily and thoroughly when the vehicle is in the air rather than on the ground. Better access to the underside of a truck translates into more accurate repair estimates and repair plans. This enables a shop to order parts in a timely fashion and complete repairs with fewer delays. Easily lift any truck on the road with the cost-effective Rotary Lift® MCH13 mobile column lifting system.  


As the volume of aluminum used in vehicle construction increases, so does the need for the safe and secure collection of corrosive aluminum particles generated during collision repair of these vehicles. The new stainless steel Chief Dust Extractor 63L combines an economical purchase price with innovative features designed to increase operational longevity as well as body shop productivity.

Crashmax was named VSG Collision Sales Leader for the second consecutive year at Chief’s annual distributor meeting Oct. 31 in Las Vegas. Interstate Marketing was recognized for the highest percentage sales growth from 2014 to 2015. Professional Collision Equipment, serving New Mexico and Texas, was honored with the Exciting Newbie award.

Chief now offers 19 different lightweight aluminum C-arms for its new MI200T squeeze-type resistance inverter spot welder. The arms let technicians customize their spot welders to easily reach any location on a collision-damaged vehicle.

Las Vegas (Nov. 1, 2016) SEMA Booth #10116 – The new Globaljig Presented by Chief® GlobalScan computerized measuring system works seamlessly with any Globaljig collision repair bench to identify and document all structural damage on a collision-damaged vehicle

Chief® has given all of its welders a new, unified branding scheme featuring bold red paint and large Chief feathered C logos. New product labels identify the model and call out some of its distinguishing features, like the double-pulse advantage of the MultiMig 621 and MultiMig 522 MIG/MAG welders, and the MI200T spot welder’s TrueAutoMode™ automatic welding system. Check out the full line of Chief welders, holding and frame-pulling systems, measuring systems, and other collision repair equipment at the SEMA Show 2016 in booth #10116 or online at 

There are many elements present in the weld plume, including zinc, iron, aluminum and nickel, but the real health threats are manganese and chromium. Although OSHA enforces exposure limits for each individual element, there is currently no OSHA standard for general weld plume. So why should you be concerned about welding fumes in your shop? Because they are hazardous to your technicians’ health and your bottom line. 

Chief, Globaljig Presented by Chief and Chassis Liner will provide product demos and the best deals of the year on industry-leading collision repair equipment and training at the 2016 SEMA Show.

The American love affair with trucks continues, with sales of pickups outpacing declining car sales month after month. Through August 2016, sales of light-duty trucks are up 8 percent year-over-year, versus car sales that are down 8 percent. Shops that want to be able to properly repair collision damage on these popular vehicles need the right equipment.


Chief’s new Cam Scan HD is the first computerized measuring system in North America designed to identify and document all collision damage on heavy-duty vehicles, including trucks and buses.

The new Chief Vulcan Adhesive Debonding Unit (ADU) is the first product designed to efficiently break the bond of structural adhesives used in heavy-duty vehicle manufacturing. Unlike torches or heat guns, the Chief Vulcan ADU lets technicians precisely control the degree of heat used on the surface of a component, cleanly releasing the layer of glue underneath. This tight temperature control is needed to not overheat the materials, greatly reducing the risk of component damage.

Customers who purchase a Chief Goliathor Impulse - E/VHT™ frame rack; Vectoror LaserLockcomputerized measuring system; or Chief MI-200T spot welder will receive a voucher good for two days of free training at any Chief University class. The voucher is valid for one year after equipment installation. 


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 meeting.

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 #215.

The new Globaljig® Presented by Chief® Quick Pull bench is designed to handle most collision repair shops sheet metal and other light-duty pulling jobs in the bay, keeping the frame bench clear for major jobs.

Chief, North America’s leading collision repair equipment manufacturer, introduces Centurion, the largest and strongest frame rack in the industry. With custom lengths up to 80 feet, technicians can simply drive the largest heavy-duty vehicles into position on the Centurion, swing the towers into position, and get to work in just 10 minutes. Each tower provides 55 tons of pulling power, so Centurion can straighten any truck, trailer, bus or other heavy-duty vehicle. 

The new Globaljig ® Presented by Chief ® Mobile System bench package provides collision repair shops with a faster way to load a car, and the mobility to move the job throughout the shop without having to undock the vehicle. The package includes the Globaljig Universal Fixturing System that enables technicians to center the vehicle after it is fixed to the jigs, reducing loading time by up to 75 percent. 
Chief, North America's leading collision repair equipment manufacturer, introduces Chief Heavy Duty - a product line designed to help heavy-duty body shops improve technician ergonomics, shop efficiency, repair quality and cycle times. The equipment also makes it possible to write more comprehensive estimates upfront and document repairs.

Globaljig ® Presented by Chief ® introduces the small but mighty Koala bench. Its compact size comes with a compact price, yet it's versatile enough to handle most of the structural work that comes through a typical collision repair shop - including the center section holding required to repair the latest generation of vehicles. The Koala structural repair bench can be used as an install or work bay lift for easier vehicle tear down and reassembly, sheet metal repair, blueprinting operations, or for structural straightening and holding of parts for replacement. 


Chief introduces an all-new squeeze-type resistance inverter spot welder for repairing high-strength steel. The MI200T with lightweight transformer pliers is more powerful, more efficient and more maneuverable than other spot welders. And with a list price below that of many spot welders with older cable-based technology, it's more affordable, too.
For 30 years running, Chief has sponsored the Collision Repair Technology (CRT) Championship at the SkillsUSA® National Leadership and Skills Conference . The SkillsUSA Championships are a collection of 100 competitions showcasing thousands of the best career and technical education high school and college students in the nation. This year's conference takes place June 20-24 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

The Globaljig ® Presented by Chief ® line of benches and frame measuring equipment is featured in a new section of the Chief website at The user-friendly site uses visual images to help guide visitors through the Globaljig product lineup and is maximized for any device. 


Chief's new Heavy-Duty Rivet Gun puts out almost twice the force of the company's standard rivet gun, enabling collision repair technicians to use it to install rivets in even the strongest steels, including Usibor ® . The Heavy-Duty Rivet Gun is approved by Mercedes-Benz.
Training is the key to collision repair success, especially with material changes and new OEM recommended repair procedures being introduced at an unprecedented rate. To stay current, Chief University, the training arm of leading collision repair equipment manufacturer Chief, has devoted significant time and resources to improve and update its curriculum for 2016.
Chief has expanded its line of inverter synergic pulse MIG/MAG welders to include its first three-phase, high-amperage model, the MultiMig 621 . The MultiMig 621 can be used to weld and braze aluminum, galvanized sheet metal, stainless steel and high-strength steel.
As automotive OEMs incorporate more aluminum, high-strength steel, carbon fiber and other "exotic materials" into their vehicle designs, they are also using new methods to join these materials together. Structural adhesives are used extensively in vehicles designed with aluminum, but are also becoming increasingly popular with OEMs in the manufacture of traditional steel-based vehicles.
Ford Motor Co. has approved Chief's new weld fume extractor and dust extractor for use when repairing collision damage on the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck. The two shop tools are the latest additions to a long list of approved Chief collision repair products available through the Ford Rotunda Dealer Equipment program.
The Globaljig ® Presented by Chief ®  Super Rotax bench will debut at the Northeast ® 2016 Automotive Services Show at the Meadowlands in New Jersey this weekend. The bench will showcase a new Maserati Ghibli in Maserati-approved repair fixtures in booth #649.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Seven Chief distributors from across North America were recognized for their sales performance at the company's annual distributor meeting Nov. 2 in Las Vegas.
GM has approved a family of Chief aluminum-specific tools and equipment to repair collision damage on the new Cadillac CT6. Chief's dust and fume extractors, aluminum dent repair station, MIG welder, collet set and structural holding package are the latest additions to a long list of GM-approved Chief collision repair products. 
From benches to MIG welders, rivet guns to aluminum repair equipment, Chief will show the latest structural repair equipment dealers need to keep pace with industry changes in booth #1960C at the NADA Expo April 1-3 in Las Vegas.
Chief's new Cadillac-approved CT6 holding system enables collision repair technicians to anchor the 2016 CT6 to a frame rack for sectioning.

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