3 Best Ways Body Shops Can Improve Cycle Times

Posted by Daniel Smoot on Jan 15, 2019 8:25:54 PM

3 Best Ways Body Shops Can Improve Cycle Times

The body shop business is evolving ever year, and yours should, too. Here, we have the 3 best ways body shops can improve cycle times.

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Topics: GasCat Dryers, Gas Catalytic Drying, Collision Repair Trends

GasCat vs. Global Finishing Solutions

Posted by Daniel Smoot on Jan 11, 2019 2:00:02 PM

GasCat vs. Global Finishing Solutions

In a previous blog, we looked at GasCat vs. Symach. However, this week we’ll look at how GasCat stacks up against Global Finishing Solutions. As we’ve discussed before, gas catalytic drying has been around for close to twenty years now. Even so, it only started making its way over into the US a couple of years ago. Over in Europe, it’s a “tried-and-true” technology that a majority of body shops have implemented into their operations. In the US, there is still a bit of reluctance when it comes to change in body shop operations.

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Topics: GasCat Dryers, Gas Catalytic Drying, GasCat Comparisons

Three Trends To Squeeze More Profit Out Of Your Collision Repair Shop

Posted by Daniel Smoot on Dec 31, 2018 2:44:57 PM

Three Trends To Squeeze More Profit Out Of Your Collision Repair Shop

Over the last few years, there’s been a steady shift in the U.S. collision industry. A lot of it has to do with the technology coming out and making things easier. But another has to do with the change in focus by shops.

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Topics: GasCat Dryers, Gas Catalytic Drying, Collision Repair Trends

GasCat vs Symach

Posted by Daniel Smoot on Dec 27, 2018 1:37:48 PM

GasCat vs Symach

In previous blogs, we looked at how gas catalytic drying worked, but also who the top manufacturers are. Gas catalytic drying has been around for close to twenty years over in Europe; however, it’s only recently begun to make its way over into the US. It isn’t necessarily new, but it’s a new technology for the US body shop industry, and because of that, there’s been a bit of reluctance towards making the upgrade to gas catalytic drying. Nonetheless, some of the biggest shops have made the transition and they’re saving on time and money in the process.

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Topics: Gas Catalytic Drying, GasCat Dryers

The Best Gas Catalytic Dryer Manufacturers: A Comparison

Posted by Daniel Smoot on Dec 17, 2018 4:18:17 PM

The Best Gas Catalytic Dryer Manufacturers: A Comparison

While gas catalytic drying isn’t new to the auto industry, it’s taken quite a few years to gain some traction here in the U.S. It’s a revolutionary technology, and as with anything new, there’s always a bit of reluctance and skepticism. However, since it first arrived in the U.S. roughly four years ago, there’s been a steady increase in companies focusing on gas catalytic drying.

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How Much Time Can Be Saved Switching To Gas Catalytic Drying?

Posted by Daniel Smoot on Dec 10, 2018 9:48:36 AM

To run a successful auto body shop, you know it takes a lot of time and effort. However, most shops rely on the same paint booth drying that hasn’t evolved once over the last 100 years. And sure, while traditional methods work well enough, the auto body shop of today isn’t the same as it was even just 10 years ago.

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Topics: How Does Gas Catalytic Drying Work?, GasCat Dryers, Gas Catalytic Drying

How To Get Your Shop Ready For Gas Catalytic Drying

Posted by Daniel Smoot on Dec 4, 2018 9:02:52 AM

How To Get Your Shop Ready For Gas Catalytic Drying

Greg Gilmore, owner of Gilmore’s Collision Center, a shop dedicated to team building, continuous improvement in cycle times, and a higher quality of life, said his shop has reached its full potential for the first time in 70 years in a conversation with Fender Bender’s, Travis Bean.

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Topics: GasCat Dryers, Gas Catalytic Drying

How Is Gas Catalytic Drying Different Than Electric Infrared Drying?

Posted by Daniel Smoot on Nov 26, 2018 10:22:23 AM

You’re probably familiar with Electric Infrared Drying, and you may have even heard of Gas Catalytic Drying. In the U.S., most auto-body shops depend on out-of-date paint drying processes– convection drying. And while the type of paint we’ve used has changed three separate times in the last 100 years, the drying process has not.

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Topics: Gas Catalytic Drying, How Does Gas Catalytic Drying Work?, GasCat Dryers

Benefits Of Gas Catalytic Drying For Your Body Shop

Posted by Daniel Smoot on Nov 19, 2018 10:17:25 AM

When it comes to running a body shop, the paint booth has always been one of the biggest constraints during daily operations. According to Simon Bowers in an interview with Fender Bender’s Andrew Johnson, “The recession caused me to look at my business costs differently.”

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Topics: How Does Gas Catalytic Drying Work?, GasCat Dryers, Gas Catalytic Drying

How Is Gas Catalytic Drying Different From Traditional Bake Cycles?

Posted by Daniel Smoot on Nov 5, 2018 9:35:01 AM

In the last 100 years of collision repair, a lot has evolved. We’ve progressed from tram gauges to computerized measuring systems, from brazing to spot welding, and from lacquer to waterborne. In fact, nearly every element of the collision repair process has changed. But, there is one aspect that has not– and that is how we dry paint.

Finally, even that has changed too.

Maybe you’ve heard the buzz around gas catalytic drying. Perhaps you’ve read some articles in the trades, or you have even seen one of these units at NACE or SEMA. What was once only a European technology, gas catalytic drying has steadily grown in popularity here in the states. As shop owners seek new ways to stay competitive in an increasingly difficult market, reduced cycle times and increased throughput are the first thing shop owners look to. And one of the easiest ways to reduce these is to reduce paint and material cure times. This is where gas catalytic drying really shines.

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Topics: Gas Catalytic Drying