Symach Expands Production Capacity With New TRUMPF Equipment

Symach is designing a cutting-edge 3000-square-metre technical department in a facility at Calderara di Reno in Bologna, Italy. It will be equipped with a complete TRUMPF machining line including a TruPunch 3000 Sheetmaster machine for cutting sheet metal and loading, unloading and selecting parts, as well as a TruBend Series 5000 bending machine.

“TRUMPF is the world leader in sheet metal processing automation,” said Osvaldo Bergaglio, owner and president of Symach. “We are making a significant investment of approximately 1.5 million euros in this equipment, which will provide Symach with the best tooling for optimising production and having direct control over the quality of our products.” In addition, Bergaglio said it will increase production capacity by almost five times, allowing Symach to reduce delivery times and costs, as well as improve on quality assurance of the company’s product.

Machine installation is scheduled for January 2018 and the department is expected to be fully operational in March 2018. Currently, departmental staff are completing training at the TRUMPF headquarters in Milan, Italy, to learn how to best utilise the machines.

Symach said it has specialised in body shop design, construction and installation of its state-of-the-art technology and equipment worldwide since 2010. “We take pride in supporting our customers in the customisation of their bodywork and in staff training,” said Bergaglio. “We plan to continue investing in technology and product research and focus on continuous innovation as a key to success.”

There are now more than 70 customers around the world using the Symach FixLine model, working closely with Symach consultants to ensure their business goals are met. Symach said the new department marks a further evolution of its history in the direction of customer satisfaction.

“We support our customers in the achievement of increased production, efficiency, delivery of service and their profitability goals,” said Bergaglio. “The attestations of gratitude and friendship that come from them continue to give us the motivation and dedication to continue doing our work well.”

Bergaglio added that the spirit and mission that drive Symach demonstrate how the company will provide tangible innovation to the collision repair industry in the years to come.

Axalta Launches The New Acquire Quantum EFX Spectrophotometer

Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, introduces its fifth-generation spectrophotometer, the Acquire Quantum EFX, which packs innovative technology into a lighter, faster, and highly accurate unit that is capable of reading metallic, pearl, sparkle and effect colours, and more.

The ergonomically advanced Acquire™ Quantum EFX Spectrophotometer packs innovative technology into a smaller, highly intuitive colour measuring tool. The unit is almost half the size of its predecessor to enable comfortable, one-handed operation. Its aperture is also smaller by 20 per cent for improved accuracy on curved surfaces and hard-to-reach places.

The Quantum EFX has top-mounted high res full colour touch screen with 180° rotation capabilities, suitable for left and right hand users. The screen is also calibrated for high visibility even in bright outdoor light and can be used while wearing gloves. The unit also integrates seamlessly into the Axalta’s branded colour retrieval software for automotive repair, designed to improve productivity and efficiency of bodyshops.

“’The Acquire Quantum is lighter and smaller, in fact half the size of its predecessor allowing for easy one-handed operation,” said John Nettleton, Axalta Product and Colour Manager for Australia and New Zealand. “It fully integrates with our colour retrieval software and is more efficient at matching colour, which translates to improved productivity and profitability.”

The unit comes with a “smart cradle” for convenient charging and direct connection to a PC, without the need to plug in or remove cables. The Acquire Quantum EFX is also Wi-Fi enabled, allowing users to transfer data directly to Axalta’s signature branded colour retrieval software.
For more information on the Acquire Quantum EFX go to www.axalta.com.au/QuantumEFX or call 1800 292 582.

New Lexus Paint Inspired By A Butterfly

“Structural Blue” is the result of research into how technology can produce a finish that is deeper, more vibrant and “bluer” than anything seen before.

The Lexus research team’s inspiration for the new colour Structural Blue came from the American Morpho butterfly which is known for the deep, shimmering blue of its wings.

First presented on the Lexus LC grand tourer at the 2016 Geneva motor show, it has now been developed for production. Due to the intricate technologies and fine quality of the process, only two Structural Blue cars can be produced in a working day at the Lexus Motomachi factory, where the LC is produced.

The 15-year quest to develop Structural Blue was a collaboration between the company’s US and Japanese technical centres along with California-based VIAVI Solutions Inc., a provider of thin-film optical coatings and pigments.

Lexus said the creation of Structural Blue is an achievement that presented exceptional technical challenges. In the company’s search to create the new colour, the team studied the structure of the Morpho butterfly’s wings to determine how a similar iridescent effect could be achieved with vehicle paint.

Despite their appearance, the wings are colourless. The blue seen by the human eye is created by light interference on the microscopic lattice surface structure of the butterfly’s wings.

Replicating such high luminance and colour saturation required unprecedented efforts to develop a new kind of multi-layered pigment. At first it seemed the challenge was simply too great; the desired quality could be secured only by using a pigment with 40 separate layers. But the team persevered, constantly improving the process until the effect could be achieved with just seven layers, making it practical for use on highly exclusive vehicles.

The pigment is used to produce a new paint in a production process taking eight months, including 12 production steps and 20 quality inspections. The paint is applied to the LC’s bodywork in a 15-micrometre layer between the primer and clear coats. Nano-structures – super-small flakes – in the paint generate iridescence, giving the impression of the colour constantly changing with the light.

Conventional pigment paints reflect less than 50 per cent of incoming light as a visible blue colour, but with Structural Blue the level is nearly 100 per cent. In total, 300g pigment with 300 billion pigment flakes are used for one LC.

LC models in Structural Blue will feature a cabin presented in the LC’s Breezy Blue colour combination, with a mid-blue semi-aniline leather for the upper door trims, steering wheel, instrument panel and centre armrest. This contrasts with white fine leather-accented seat upholstery and vivid orange for the shift lever surround and the draped Alcantara door panels. The headlining is also finished in Alcantara.

In Australia, Structural Blue will be offered in extremely limited numbers on the LC flagship from the first quarter of next year.

Auto Repairs Direct Running Big Sale

Auto Repairs Direct, an industry “new kid on the block,” was established in Australia some 18 months ago to provide the next wave of body shop owners, purchasing managers, panel beater specialists and general DIY shed warriors an online alternative in the quest for buying affordable and quality auto refinish products. The company is now offering 20 per cent off all its products for visitors who sign up for an account.

The company says it was established to serve the needs of busy shops with growing customer demands. As body shops gradually accept the idea of purchasing stock online, Auto Repairs Direct says it hopes to be just ahead of the curve in the automotive refinish industry, with the aim of supplying all major customers nationally.

The company’s customer base was modest to begin with – when it first started, online procurement was only beginning – but now, 18 months later, Auto Repairs Direct’s customer base is in the thousands and the owners say they couldn’t be happier with what they’re providing.

Now, Auto Repairs Direct is launching a 20 per cent off storewide campaign for any customer who simply signs up to the company’s website. According to the company, it wants to grow a community of “great” customers, in return offering “some unbeatable prices to help garner the bond between online store and customer”. Auto Repairs Direct says it also plans to build a content side to its website that includes referrals for the best body shops around Australia, DIY information and a forum for experts and newcomers to connect and share hints and tips.

Auto Repairs Direct’s range can be found at www.autorepairsdirect.com.au.

The Jollift 1330 Fast Repair Bench

Looking for a space saving repair bench with all the features of a large bench? Can you park a car over the top of your current repair bench?  With the Jollift 1330 Fast Repair Bench you can now equip each work bay with a quality European-manufactured car bench.

The flexibility of the modular design means that multiple benches can share one pull post, one set of clamps and one set of wheel stands which makes it totally affordable for each work bay to have its own repair bench. The Jollift 1330 is ideal for small to medium repairs and while it can be used for stripping, refitting and pulling repairs it is also a great tool for estimating.

The SAPE Group has been representing Jollift benches in Australia for many years. They’re made in Italy by the FI.TIM Company, and these benches have been a great success for SAPE. The best part about the Jollift 1330 Bench is the ability to ‘mix and match’ any combination of components to suit your body shop’s needs. “We have customers who have purchased three benches with lifts but only two sill clamp sets and one pulling post,” say the staff at the SAPE Group. “It is a very versatile unit which doesn’t take up much space, but when lowered to its 100mm height does not take up the car bay. It is low enough that a car can be parked over the top of it.”

The company says the modular Jollift 1330 Bench is the perfect combination for the body shop and fi t up area. To find out more call (02) 9772 9013 or visit shop.sape.com.au/products/FITKIT1330.

New Specialty Reducers From ChemSpec USA Offer A Universal Appeal

ChemSpec USA has recently launched its new Metalux® Universal System Reducers 1156/1157/1158 into the Australian market. These premium reducers offer exemplary overall performance for all climates and provides optimum metallic control.

Following the acquisition by Axalta Coating Systems in 2015, ChemSpec USA has a renewed focus on growing and strengthening its relationships with customers in Australia. This includes reviewing opportunities to ehance the product range and deliver benefits to customers. The new Metalux Universal System Reducers can be used across the Metalux range, including the Metalux Basecoat, 2K Single Stage, Undercoats and Clear Coats, which means less stock holding and better inventory turnover for shops and distributors.

The new range of universal reducers includes, 1156 (FAST), 1157 (Medium) and 1158 (Slow) and are available in quarts (0.95L), gallons (3.79L) and 5-gallon(18.95L) pails.

For more information please contact your ChemSpec USA distributor or ChemSpec USA representative Corey Smith on 0419 552 868  or email sales@chemspecpaint.com

The new Metalux® Universal System Reducers.

Tesla Approves Pro Spot PR-5 Riveting System

Pro Spot announced Tesla’s global approval of the PR-5 Riveting System and the Tesla die kit for collision repairs on Tesla vehicles. The approved Tesla Die Kit includes SPR (Installation & Removal), Flow Form Rivet (Hole Preparation and Installation) and Structural Blind Rivets (Installation) and more.

Options are available for new customers as well as existing PR-5 owners.

Contact your local Pro Spot distributor for more information:

Autoliner Australia on (02) 9603 8100 or email sales@autoliner.com.au

New Bigfoot Mille LK 900E Gear Driven Dual Action Polisher

The latest addition to the range of RUPES random orbital and rotary polishers is the Gear Drive Dual Action Polisher BIGFOOT Mille LK 900E.

The Mille, belonging to the BIGFOOT family of polishing tools, provides an optimized balance of power, ergonomics, efficiency and capability for operators who crave a gear driven solution. The BIGFOOT Mille delivers powerful defect removal, versatility, and consistent performance in an ergonomic package, designed with operator comfort and efficiency of work in mind.The revolutionary clockwise rotational movement allows increased levels of control and comfort for the operator. This feature distinguishes the Mille from the competitive tools which often featuring a counter- clockwise movement that is known to increase unwanted lateral movement and create operator fatigue.

The new BigFoot Mille LK 900E includes a progressive trigger to provide more precise control of speed through the entire range. The trigger, together with the variable speed dial, allows the operator to deliver the exact desired tool speed and to adjust quickly as needed, without interrupting the polishing process. Every aspect of the Mille has been considered in the design, even when the tool is not being used. Two rubber supports are positioned on the body of the machine to keep it stable when resting on a table or cart. The new extra long 9 meter cord, included as standard on the LK 900E, allows for better maneuverability within a work space, saving valuable steps and eliminating the hassle of extension cords.

The RUPES BigFoot Mille also allows the use of two different pad diameters, 125mm and 150mm, making the new polisher incredibly versatile for numerous polishing operations. The backing pad system has been carefully engineered to maintain the same low vibration performance regardless of the diameter of the backing pad installed.

As with all the BigFoot family of polishers, the new Mille LK 900E Gear Driven Dual Action Polisher is offered as a complete polishing system. Newly designed foam profiles, revolutionary new wool pad technology, and two completely new polishing compounds, all designed to work in harmony with the unique movement of gear driven dual action polishers have been developed and manufactured in house by RUPES.

For more information, visit Rupes website at www.rupes.com.

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