The U.S. Patent Office found the Carbeat system inventive based on several outstanding features, including its use of drag-and-drop functionality, and its identification and use of trend data for more efficient body shop planning.
AkzoNobel’s Vehicle Refinishes business launched Carbeat™ in 2017 as the industry’s first such digital solution that helps improve production efficiency and communication. Through the system, managers, team leaders, technicians and third parties can follow vehicle repair status information with real-time overviews and thus ensure the entire shop is in sync.
"We are very happy our software fulfills the strict requirements for this patent,” says Mike Sillay, product manager services, AkzoNobel. “Technology is playing a growing role in our industry. Our mission is to help collision repair professionals save time and money, and we are proud of the system our team has created to help achieve that.”
To date, Carbeat is being utilized in 15 countries and is available in 17 languages.