Aluminum small tool kit

By CRM Staff Toronto, Ontario — April 2, 2019 — For those pursuing the Ford F-150 aluminum certification program, Grade A Tools offers an aluminum small tool kit that has each item required by the program. This kit is sold separately from the aluminum repair station (DF-900DX). Shops will need both items to be certified for the […]

Was investing in aluminum repair worthwhile?

The majority of respondents to our survey indicated they had both purchased equipment and received training for aluminum repair.

By Mike Davey Peterborough, Ontario — January 3, 2017 — Aluminum is hardly a new material, but it jumped to the forefront of repairer consciousness with the introduction of the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 in 2015. It seemed as if almost every body shop was investing heavily in aluminum repair equipment and training. Collision Repair magazine […]

Skills Canada National Competition kicks off in Moncton

Competitors receiving instructions at the competition in Moncton. Check out the gallery below for more pictures from the event! All photos by Leanne Jefferies.

By Mike Davey Moncton, New Brunswick — June 7, 2016 — The 2016 Skills Canada National Competition is now underway at the Moncton Coliseum. The event kicked off on June 5 with student orientation and welcome reception. The competition portion of the event officially started on June 6 and continued on June 7. In addition […]

Alu Autotech hosts ‘hands-on’ open house

Some of the team from Alu Autotech at the recent open house. Check out more photos in the gallery below!

By Mike Davey Brampton, Ontario — June 1, 2016 — Research is great, but there’s just no substitute for actually getting your hands on repair equipment and trying it out. That was part of the reason behind a recent open house event hosted by Alu Autotech. The company is located in Brampton, Ontario and specializes […]

Chief University announces updated curriculum

Chief University logo

Madison, Indiana — April 26, 2016 — Chief University has announced improvements and updates to its curriculum for 2016. Chief University is the training arm of Chief Automotive Technologies.  Chief University will offer over 60 updated training classes for technicians, estimators and insurance appraisers across North America this year. For a complete schedule and to […]

GM approves Chief equipment for CT6 repairs

GM has approved a family of Chief aluminum-specific tools and equipment to repair collision damage on the new Cadillac CT6.

Madison, Indiana — March 23, 2016 — GM has approved a family of Chief aluminum-specific tools and equipment to repair collision damage on the new Cadillac CT6. According to a statement from Chief, the company’s dust and fume extractors, aluminum dent repair station, MIG welder, collet set and structural holding package are the latest additions […]

Aluminum-bodies push need for bonded riveting

Aluminum-bodied vehicles push need for bonded riveting techniques

By Jeff Sanford Vaughan, Ontario — July 16, 2015 — The ongoing shift to increased use of aluminum in auto bodies is also leading to an uptick in the use of bonded rivets for attaching parts. Pfaff Autoworks is keeping up with the changes by training technicians in the proper use of bonded riveting. Today’s […]

Chief releases holding equipment designed to upgrade existing frame racks

  Chief’s Universal Structural Holding Clamp System was designed to work with almost any frame rack.      Madison, Indiana — December 16, 2014 — Chief Automotive Technologies has released a new holding system that can be used to upgrade existing frame racks to perform proper repairs on aluminum and high-strength steel vehicles. Designed to be compatible with […]