To officially kick off the week, SEMA always announces its Best New Products Award winners at its opening morning breakfast.
There’s always a lot of anticipation, because companies know about the importance of these awards and this year was surely no exception.
Nearly 3,000 products were entered this year into the 16 different Showcase categories to be considered for a SEMA New Product Award this year. Winners were selected based on a variety of factors that included superiority of innovation, technical achievement, quality and workmanship, consumer appeal and marketability, among others.
The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) won first place in the collision repair and refinish product category for its SCRS Guide to Complete Repair Planning – Blueprint Optimization Tool. The runners-up included GUNIWHEEL for its GUNIWHEEL and Spray Booth Services for its Airflow=Cashflow Remote Spray Booth Monitoring System.
SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg discussed his organization’s winning entry. “Nine years ago, we created our Repair Planning Plan, which is a static document that lists items that are potentially overlooked. We received feedback over the years about it and we have refined it a few times. People told us that it contained a ton of valuable information, but that it was hard to manually go through approximately 1,000 potentially missed items. They told us that if there was any way to automatically check an estimate with the guide that would be huge. So, for the past 18 months, we have been developing the product to make it a more sophisticated tool that can actually take your written estimate, import it into the system, will recognize the item you’ve already captured, and then display it on a comprehensive list of all potentially missed items. The user will then choose the items that apply and import them directly into the estimate.”
Winning an award from SEMA can be a game-changer and Schulenberg knows that all too well.