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Ed Attanasio

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian.

 

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Wednesday, 03 March 2021 23:05

Symach Invents Game-Changing Technology to Create the Shops of Tomorrow

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Owner Osvaldo Bergaglio’s company is well known for its products that have helped to take the collision repair industry into the robotic age. Owner Osvaldo Bergaglio’s company is well known for its products that have helped to take the collision repair industry into the robotic age.

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...green and can reduce a shop’s energy consumption by up to 90%. It reduces a vehicle’s actual time inside the shop by up to 40%, and will significantly reduce an average of three to four hours in labor cost per repair.

 

In 2010, Symach began featuring a new repair process, FixLine, which reduces the actual throughput time inside the shop by 1.5 to two days, while eliminating three to four hours in labor costs per repair.

 

Symach’s FixLine process is slashing cycle time like never before.

 

“We have developed a system where it moves the car through the process without interruption, as opposed to the stop-and-start conventional way of fixing vehicles,” Bergaglio said. “In your standard shop, cycle time is four to six days and we do the entire repair in one day.”

 

Everything the company makes, including spray booths, drying robots, UV lamps, LED shop lighting, paint mixing rooms and the FixLine conveyor system, is designed and built using the highest quality components. All equipment is produced at Symach’s headquarters and subsequently installed by the company’s trained experts and followed by on-site personalized training.

 

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Symach’s headquarters in Bologna, Italy.

 

In 2016, Symach moved into its new 161,500-square foot factory in Calderara di Reno, Bologna, Italy. Today, the company has more than 30 employees as part of its international team, which includes installers, engineers and trainers.

 

Once a body shop owner decides to become a Symach shop, the company manages the body shop conversion from a conventional process to the FixLine process. Symach is more than a simple equipment manufacturer; it is a collision repair solution provider with a profound understanding and knowledge of the automotive collision repair process.

 

Symach knows every shop is different, so Bergaglio first analyzes the business before devising a custom solution based on the types of cars it repairs.

 

“We break it down into four categories---classic cars, prestige cars, reconditioning or fleets," Bergaglio said. "We can work for any body shop or collision center in those categories, but they are completely different in...