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Thursday, 11 March 2021 20:20

Kool Tools: Past and Present

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As you are all probably aware by now, SEMA 2020 went virtual---renamed SEMA360---and it prevented Kye and me from walking the floor looking for those unique items that we would obtain and test out for our Kool Tools of SEMA annual presentation.

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The pandemic has affected communication in many ways, much of it not positive. How can you effectively interact with your customers when you have to stay at least 6 to 8 feet away from them while wearing masks?

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When Spanesi COO Tim Morgan first learned about the COVID-19 outbreak, he set out to support staff and clients.

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OK, so you had a bad day, it happens. A few of your techs called in sick, there was that one requisite snarky customer, you had to wrestle on a supplement from one of your DRPs and the shop dog is gassy.

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Every year at SEMA, the industry gets to see all the newest technology, and if you’ve been in it for any significant amount of time, you have witnessed the development of new tools and equipment at a rapid rate.

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Nathan Simmons has co-owned C&C Collision in Alhambra, CA, for 23 years, and has worked hard to help the company grow.

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Mike Anderson is convinced the vehicle safety inspection procedures called for by automakers in the OEM electronic service manuals as part of collision repair work have become the single biggest friction point in the industry.

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One of the universal issues in the collision repair industry and a pain point on every production floor is a lack of in-process quality control, according to Lee Rush, manager of business development for Sherwin-Williams®.

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Vehicle technology has seen some tremendous changes and developments in recent years, including the use of high-strength steels, aluminum and magnesium, along with ADAS systems and all the intricate technology that includes.

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Advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) calibrations are an increasingly important part of a safe and proper repair, and that may prove a challenge for collision shops that lack relevant training and equipment.