Autobody News recently visited Mitchell’s Technical Research Center (TRC) in San Diego, CA, to learn more about how the company collects automotive frame and unibody measurements for the collision repair industry.
“This facility and the data we capture are really unique to our industry,” explained John Bachman, manager, Auto Physical Damage at Mitchell International. “By building our own database, Mitchell is better suited to respond to customer needs and provide industry-leading solutions. The data we collect are critical to collision repairers and others, so that vehicles can be properly repaired.”
Mitchell started measuring vehicles in 1986 for its Vehicle Dimension Manuals. The TRC with 3D scanning equipment originally opened in 2012 and relocated to a larger space about a mile and a half away about a year ago. Bachman and Gil Silva, senior director, vendor relations at Mitchell, gave an overview of the facility, and then discussed the process and 3D scanning technology used to measure approximately 100 new vehicles every year.