DeBeer Refinish 8-245 HS Direct To Metal Primer Surfacer

Valspar Automotive recently launched the new 8-245 Direct to Metal Primer Surfacer during the Collision Repair Expo held last month at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

DeBeer Refinish 8-245 HS Direct to Metal Primer Surfacer is a two component, high solids, isocyanate-free, multi-use direct-to metal primer surfacer. Valspar says it has been designed to provide the highest performance in productivity, versatility, adhesion, durability, moisture and corrosion resistance. 8-245 HS Direct to Metal Primer Surfacer has “superior” sanding and sealing characteristics and may be used both as a high build sanding surfacer and as a wet-on-wet non-sanding primer.

Universal, Multi-Substrate Primer Technology

8-245 HS Direct to Metal Primer Surfacer is designed for application direct to a vast number of substrates. This feature provides significant benefits for body shops resulting in both labour and material savings. Multi substrate repairs can be primed with the one product cutting down on the number of process steps required for repairs.

8-245 Direct to Metal (DTM) Primer can be applied to suitably-prepared mild steel, aluminium, galvanised steel, fibreglass, sheet moulding composite (SMC), unsanded e-Coat and existing OEM finishes.

8-245 HS Direct to Metal Primer Surfacer is not only a high build sanding surfacer, but it can also be used as a high productivity wet-on-wet system. Other features including the following:

High Build Primer

The unique curing mechanism of 8-245 HS Direct to Metal Primer Surfacer allows the user to sand the primed surface in less than 90 minutes at 20°C, reducing the cycle time for priming and sanding processes, meaning increased productivity in the body shop. This feature may also reduce energy consumption as the need for baking is minimised.

Wet-on-Wet Finishing

Valspar says the wet-on-wet capabilities of 8-245 HS Direct to Metal Primer Surfacer are also designed to impress. With only a 12 minute flash off time, jobs can be primed and basecoated in minimal time. Compared to traditional processes, wet-on-wet finishing reduces downtime, allowing better spray booth utilisation and reducing cycle times.

Time and Material Savings

The use of a traditional wash / etch primer for corrosion protection as an initial priming step is no longer required with 8-245 HS Direct to Metal Primer Surfacer. This saves time in preparation, mixing, application and clean-up.

Reduced Inventory

Fewer primers are required by the body shop, resulting in reduced inventory holding and less product wastage when swapping between substrates.

Increased Productivity

8-245 HS Direct to Metal Primer Surfacer is designed to reduce job times – a key requirement for highly time-sensitive body shops. Productivity savings include:

   â€¢ Reduced mixing and wastage of primers as one primer may be used for many substrates
   â€¢ No sanding required for new e-Coat panels
   â€¢ Fast drying. Dry to sand in only 90 minutes at 20°C
   â€¢ Wet-on-wet finishing with a short 12 minute flash off time

To find out more about DeBeer Refinish 8-245 HS Direct to Metal Primer Surfacer, contact your local DeBeer Refinish distributor or call Valspar Automotive on (02) 4368 4054.

Eurolak – By Concept Paints

Concept Paints has introduced its latest innovative product – EUROLAK HS 2K Clear Coat. Eurolak is an exceptional 3:1 easy to use HS 2K Clear Coat which has been developed from European technology with suitability to all weather conditions and climates.

A high performance high solids 2K clearcoat, Eurolak is designed specifically to provide a high performance, high solid clear over Concept Paints basecoat systems. It is characterised by superior flow, producing a very high gloss finish with exceptional chemical resistance and hardness. Additionally, Eurolak requires a lower baking temperature at 50 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes.

Eurolak is available as a 7.5 Lt Kit consisting of a 5 LT 2K HS Clear Coat and a 2.5 Lt Hardener. The feedback Concept Paints’ customers using Eurolak at their training facility in Western Sydney has been very positive and extremely encouraging.

For more information on Eurolak and other quality Concept Paints products, please call (02) 9673 2555.

Axalta Launches Seamless Bodyshop Management Software in Australia

Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA), a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has launched SEAMLESS Bodyshop Management software for collision repairers into the Australian market. The web-based body shop management system aims to improve collision repairers’ effectiveness and efficiency in operating their body shops.

Axalta recognises that using a body shop management system is fundamental to operating an efficient repair facility, but not all systems are intuitive to use. SEAMLESS has been designed with the body shop in mind. As a web-based system, SEAMLESS is easy to implement and accessible on any computer or smart device that has an internet connection. It can be integrated with a body shop’s current quoting and accounting packages. It can even be scaled up for multi-site operations. Once registered, Axalta’s dedicated team will work with the customer to personalise set up and provide staff training, either on-site or remotely.

The three (3) key modules to the standard configuration include Body shop Management, Shop Floor Data Collection and Vehicle Repair Tracking. These easy to use modules provide the shop manager with all the functionality to operate an efficient and smart body shop business, with checks and balances along the way. SEAMLESS also provides access to accurate data at the touch of a button, allowing owners or managers to better understand their business and ultimately make smarter decisions.

“Axalta are excited to bring SEAMLESS to the Australian market. It is based on a platform that has been successful in other countries, but with changes to suit the needs of the Australian market,” says Michael Kirchner, Business Development Manager at Axalta Coating Systems. “It’s simple to use and can be cost effective, as it integrates with our customers’ current quoting and accounting packages. So, there’s no need to change everything.”

The Climate Windscreen From Volkswagen

Winter is here and every morning many motorists thus face the same problem: a frozen windscreen. Neither ice scraper nor de-icing spray provides the perfect solution. Volkswagen is offering a genuine alternative with the climate windscreen. It heats up without the use of any filament wires, thus providing perfect visibility. Any renewed misting or icing up is also prevented.

Heated windows are not a new invention in vehicle manufacturing. For decades, fine filaments inserted into the glass as an optional extra have been preventing windows from misting up and ensuring that any layer of ice quickly thaws. When facing oncoming evening traffic, in particular, or when the sun is very low, the fine metal wires can, however, become visible to the driver.

With the climate windscreen, Volkswagen has found an excellent solution for perfect visibility. In this wire-free system a wafer-thin electrically conductive layer of silver within the laminated glass provides the required heat by converting electric current. Consuming no more than 400 to 500 watts, the window quickly warms up and thus becomes a defrosting aid. Within the bottom section of the windscreen, invisible from the outside, there are also filaments that act as windscreen wiper heaters to prevent the wiper blades from freezing to the glass. Volkswagen is offering the wire-free heated and infrared-reflecting windscreen as an optional extra for the Golf, Golf Sportsvan, Tiguan, Sharan, Passat and Passat Variant models. Prices start at €340, depending on model.

However, it is not only during the cold winter months that the innovative windscreen is a help. In the summer, the thin layer of silver acts as a passive heat shield. As it reflects up to 60 per cent of the summer heat, it is able to reduce the inside temperature by up to 15 degrees more than conventional glass with green tinting. As a result, the air-conditioning system is able to cool a car that has been parked in the sun down to a comfortable temperature much more quickly.

New Messe Frankfurt Calendar For 2017: Digital Scenes Made Of Components And Parts

The future has right of way at Messe Frankfurt. And the Mobility &Logistics business unit continues to invest in an international portfolio of fairs, events and congresses. In addition to the expansion of the international Automechanika brand with new trade fairs in Birmingham, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Messe Frankfurt has also made acquisitions in the automotive sector. The first Busworld Russia powered by Autotrans took place in October 2016 while, a month before, a new B2C event was launched in South Africa, the South African Festival of Motoring at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. By taking over Motobike Istanbul, which was held for the eighth time in February 2016, Messe Frankfurt has strengthened its position in Turkey.

Messe Frankfurt has developed two new event concepts for the transport and logistics sectors. Scalex is a trade fair for supply chain and logistics, which made its successful debut in Kenya in March 2016 and which will also be held in South Africa in 2017.

With Hypermotion, Trade Fair and Integrated Conferences on Intelligent Systems and Solutions for Transport, Mobility, Logistics and Digital Infrastructure, Messe Frankfurt is closing a gap in the national and international market for mobility fairs by launching the first platform with digital transformation as the superordinate theme. The first Hypermotion will be held in Frankfurt am Main from 20 to 22 November 2017.

The ‘Events driving Mobility 2017’ calendar illustrates the broad spectrum of subjects covered by events of the Mobility & Logistics business unit and has been published in a limited edition for the business partners of Messe Frankfurt.

The calendar has been produced in cooperation with photographer and artist Rafael Neff who has created fantastic and imaginative scenes using numerous assemblies and parts of renowned manufacturers.

Comprising over 9,000 individual images, the scenes bring together a broad spectrum of different components. The mega cities are made up of transmission parts, valves, pistons, cylinder and spherical roller bearings, filters and camshafts. Thus, the corrugated glass surface of a headlamp is transformed into planets, car-shine cotton becomes cloud formations, sintered parts morph into shoals of fish, servo controls into submarines and cleaning brushes into a palace garden.

The digital version of the calendar can be found at http://m-es.se/Ap4t.

You can find more information at: mobility-logistics.messefrankfurt.com, automotive.messefrankfurt.com, transport-logistics.messefrankfurt.com and in our blog www.driving-news.com.

Audi Developing Piloted Driving With Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a key technology for piloted driving – that’s why Audi and strong partners from the electronics industry are jointly developing game-changing know-how in the field of machine learning. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Audi is presenting the Audi Q7 deep learning concept, a piloted driving car made possible thanks to collaboration with NVIDIA.

In conjunction with the CES keynote address by NVIDIA, Audi is demonstrating the intelligence of the Q7 deep learning concept on a specially designed, variable open area for piloted driving. The car orients itself by means of a front camera with 2 megapixel resolution, and the camera communicates with a NVIDIA Drive PX 2 processing unit, which in turn controls the steering with high precision. The high-performance controller is specially engineered for piloted driving applications.

Serving as the core of the software are deep neural networks that experts from Audi and NVIDIA have trained specifically for autonomous driving and recognition of dynamic traffic control signals. Beginning with a human driver at the wheel, the Audi Q7 deep learning concept gained a limited familiarity with the route and the surroundings, by means of observation and with the help of additional training cameras. That established a correlation between the driver’s reactionsand the occurrences detected by the cameras.

So during the subsequent demonstration drives the car is able to understand instructions, like from a temporary traffic signal, interpret them right away and act as the situation requires. When a corresponding signal appears, the concept car immediately changes the driving strategy and selects either the short route or the long one. The design of the system is so robust that it can even cope with disturbance variables such as changing weather and light conditions. It masters its tasks day and night, and even in direct sunlight or harsh artificial light.

The learning methods used for the Audi Q7 deep learning concept are essentially very much like those of deep reinforcement learning. This method was the underlying principle behind the Audi presence at the Conference and Workshop on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), an AI event held in Barcelona in December. There, the neural networks – which are similar to the human brain – were also trained for a particular application. While the 1:8 scale model car at NIPS learned how to park through trial and error, during the training runs the network of the Audi Q7 deep learning concept receives concrete data it finds relevant – in other words, it learns from the driver.

Artificial intelligence is a game-changing key technology for piloted driving – of this Audi is convinced, which is why it is working closely with the leaders in the electronics industry. Together with its partners, Audi is evaluating various approaches and methods for machine learning. The aim is to always find the optimal method for the specific application being studied. Collaborative efforts by companies in the IT and automotive industries are also of tremendous value for future implementation in concepts and production cars.

With its impressive systems expertise, NVIDIA is considered the worldwide semiconductor industry’s biggest, most capable player. Audi has been working with the manufacturer since 2005. The Audi A4 was using a NVIDIA chip as early as 2007, and two years later NVIDIA technology allowed the Audi A8 to achieve a new dimension in visual displays. The Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB), which was introduced in 2013, featured the Tegra 2 processor from NVIDIA. And the MIB2 followed in the Audi Q7 in 2015, running with an NVIDIA T 30 processor.

The platform’s next level of development is the MIB2+ – which is premiering this year in the new generation Audi A8. Its key element is the Tegra K1 processor, which makes new functions possible and has the impressive computing power needed to support several high-resolution displays – including the second-generation Audi virtual cockpit. Onboard and online information will merge, making the car part of the cloud to a greater degree than ever.

Together with the MIB2+, the central driver assistance controller (zFAS) in the new Audi A8 is also making its series debut. The K1 processor is also on board and in future the X1 processor from NVIDIA. Audi and NVIDIA are planning to intensify their long-standing partnership by combining NVIDIA’s development environment expertise for AI applications with Audi’s wealth of experience in the area of vehicle automation.

Another Audi key partner is Mobileye, whose image processing chip is also integrated in the zFAS. The high-tech Israeli company is the world leader in the field of image recognition for automotive applications. Mobileye is already supplying a camera for use in a range of Audi models – the Audi Q7, the A4/A5 series and the new Q5 – and the product’s image processing software can recognise a large number of objects. These include lane markings, vehicles, traffic signs and pedestrians. Today, defining the characteristics needed to clearly classify objects is still done manually.

In the new Audi A8, Audi and Mobileye are demonstrating the next level of development – with image recognition that uses deep learning methods for the first time. This significantly reduces the need for manual training methods during the development phase. Deep neural networks enable the system to be self-learning when determining which characteristics are appropriate and relevant for identifying the various objects. With this methodology the car can even recognise empty driving spaces, an important prerequisite for safe, piloted driving.

The traffic jam pilot function will be offered in a series production model for the first time in the new A8. This is the first piloted driving function in series production that will enable the driver to let the vehicle take over full control at times. With this step the stage is set to begin the next decade with higher levels of automation in a growing number of driving situations.

New DNA Hydrographic Activator

For all you Hydro dip shops that struggle to find a commercially available activator that works and at a decent price… here it is. Available to purchase now through your local DNA Distributor, or online.

DNAâ„¢ Hydrographic Activator is a professional grade product, for activating hydrographic films. Designed to liquidise even the most demanding of films with ease, producing reliable wrapping ability, and perfect rinse qualities. DNA Hydrographic Activator is very economical as only a single application is required at low air pressure. this equals less product use, less film distortion and better dipping results.

-Fast acting formula
-Great colour retention
-Easy rinse technology
-Flatter film finishes

Manufactured in a by DNA™ Custom Paints, Australia’s leading custom paints manufacturer. This is a quality activator built from the ground up so you are getting a quality product with no shortcuts taken or critical ingredients left out!

Priced so well you can focus on dipping rather than trying to be a backyard chemist! You can find your local distributor and order online.

Standox Calendar 2017: A Meeting Of Generations

Generations of Colour is the new Standox wall calendar for 2017. The 12 images are like a meeting of automotive generations, with classic cars shown alongside current models. It’s a portrayal of shapes and colours that will appeal not just to car enthusiasts.

Contrasting classic models with today’s reincarnations has a certain appeal – it may conjure nostalgia for cars driven in the past. Developments in technology and the defining spirit of each era are apparent in the changing shape of the bodywork. In many cases, the classic and current model really only share the same name, but sometimes the family resemblance is unmistakable, such as with the Porsche 911.

These resemblances are particularly marked when car manufacturers have deliberately adopted special design elements from the original classic, as is the case for the VW Beetle, the Fiat 500 or the Mercedes SLS. What is also noticeable in this family reunion is that today’s models are all distinctly larger.

This automotive leap in time is the central theme of the Standox 2017 calendar Generations of Colour, created by photographer Ramon Wink from Bad Ems, Germany. Prompted by a good dose of irony, all images also share another theme. They are all photographed in backdrops that are considered to be typically German: a Bavarian beer garden, a traditional sausage stand, a romantic snow-covered Christmas market. Sometimes it is only something small that gives the images their German character, for example a couple of German Shepherd dogs, cardboard cut-outs from the Mainz Carnival or the dense thicket of signs seen on German motorways.

For over 30 years, Standox has commissioned renowned German photographers to create the brand’s wall calendar. It is not commercially available, distributed only to customers and friends of the Wuppertal refinish brand.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Double Wing Door 1956 with a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS Double Wing Door 2011

 

VW Beetle Bus T1 1956 with a VW Bus 2016

Mazda Develops “Soul Red Crystal” Colour

Mazda Motor Corporation has developed a new body colour, Soul Red Crystal, to symbolise its ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design. The new colour will debut on the Next-Gen Mazda CX-5, on sale in Japan from February next year, before being rolled out to new and existing models. In the belief that “colour is an element of form,” Mazda has focused on developing colours that highlight the beauty and quality of its KODO designs.

Soul Red Crystal is an advanced version of Soul Red that balances vibrant energy and vividness with clear depth and gloss. It boasts 20 per cent greater colour saturation and 50 per cent more depth than Soul Red, for a fresher, lustrous transparence. The paint retains a simple three-layer structure comprising clear, translucent and reflective coats, but represents an evolution of Mazda’s Takuminuri painting technology.

Takuminuri gives mass-production vehicles a precise, high-quality finish that looks like it has been hand-sprayed by a master craftsman. It has been used previously with Soul Red and Machine Gray. The new paint’s translucent layer features a newly developed highly saturated red pigment for a richer red. In addition to high-brilliance, extremely thin aluminum flakes, the reflective coat features light-absorbing flakes that intensify shaded areas and make it possible to achieve a depth of colour that previously required two layers.

The aluminum flakes were made a uniform size, the consistency of the paint was enhanced and a technique to shrink the volume of paint during the drying process was employed. This results in even, smooth coverage of the aluminum and light-absorbing flakes on the car’s body and more precise control of light reflection, making for a substantially deeper and more vivid colour.

This coat structure technology combines colouring and functionality, enabling Mazda to apply Soul Red Crystal, a designer colour that would usually require more layers, in the same environmentally friendly paint shops that produce its regular body colours. In the belief that “colour is an element of form,” Mazda will continue to develop new colours and paint technologies, and work to be a brand that maintains a strong emotional connection with customers.