Helfman Collision Center Uses PPG’s Newest Color Matching and Mixing Tools to Shoot for Success
Written by Autobody News Staff
Published May 24, 2023
To achieve precision color matches, Helfman Collision Center in Houston, TX, uses PPG’s tools for amazing results. Shop Director Greg Luther recently acquired PPG’s MOONWALK® automated paint mixing machine, in conjunction with PPG’s VISUALIZID™ 3D visualization software, which takes information from the DIGIMATCH™ spectrophotometer to help users find dead-on color matches from PPG’s extensive color portfolio.
Helfman Collision Center is a part of the Helfman dealership group, a respected family owned and operated car dealer serving Houston and the surrounding area since 1959.
Company At A Glance...
Type: Collision Repair
Facility Employees: 28
In Business Since: 2002
Number of Locations: One
Production Space: 25,000 square feet
The collision center is certified by Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, FIAT, Alfa Romeo and Maserati, making Helfman the only Maserati Alfa Romeo FIAT dealership in Houston to offer a certified body shop on site.
In 2002, the company established the Helfman Collision Center with Luther at the helm. Luther has more than 30 years of industry experience---he entered the business in 1992 right after graduating from high school by working for a tire retailer, working his way up to management.
Luther is confident his team of 28 people is a strong unit because he hired all of them himself. By treating them right and proactively pursuing things such as training and cutting-edge equipment and processes, Luther has built a crew producing high-quality repairs at the rate of 200-plus vehicles monthly.
The crew’s PPG DigiMatch multi-angle spectrophotometer helps them to match colors easier and faster. It features a lightweight, ergonomic design that can be used with one hand. The camera’s six imaging angles and six reflectance angles provide color and texture information to help retrieve the correct formula matches quickly and efficiently.
PPG VisualizID software takes information from PPG DigiMatch or PPG’s other spectrophotometers to help users find the best color match. It is the first software of its kind in the industry, digitizing a process that used to involve trial and error, resulting in reduced waste.
The PPG MoonWalk system is an automated refinish paint mixing system for the ENVIROBASE® High Performance waterborne toners that saves labor time, reduces waste and creates a clean and safe mixing environment. Paint technicians and body shop managers benefit from the extreme accuracy coming from the automation of the mixing process, improving speed, quality and color consistency.
PPG and its ENVIROBASE® High Performance waterborne paint line has played a huge role since Helfman converted from solvent in 2015 in its high-production shop, where their paint has to perform seamlessly at a high level at all times.
Luther has streamlined the color matching process by making sure everyone plays a specific role.