More and more bodyshops order fitness check-ups

Glasurit bodyshop consultants identify error sources and potential
More and more bodyshops order fitness check-ups (PresseBox) (Münster, ) More and more bodyshops are having their technical workflows examined by proven experts in order to identify possible error sources and discover potential areas for development. At the Glasurit press conference in Ludwigshafen, Joachim Bitzer, Glasurit bodyshop consultant, presented a marked increase in the number of bodyshops tested as part of Glasurit's ServiceCheck 24. While in 2006, 25 bodyshops were tested, this year the number has climbed to approximately 40, and will rise to 55 in 2008. "We call it a fitness program for the bodyshop and want to identify potential for cost-cutting and development," Bitzer said.

Glasurit’s ServiceCheck 24 calls for a certified service technician to examine the shop’s technical equipment, including the products and equipment, workflows, and the staff’s current level of training. Checklists are used to carry out this one-day analysis. The customer decides whether all technical workflows at the bodyshop should be analyzed, or only certain sub-areas. The Glasurit expert uses the checklists to draw up a list of recommendations, which are prioritized.

After this, a catalog of measures is drawn up. It shows how approaches and techniques for work can be made more efficient. Afterwards, the bodyshop implements the recommended measures. If desired, a Glasurit bodyshop consultant can provide support during the implementation of larger-scale changes as part of process optimization. The fifth and final step involves a feedback discussion.

When asked to name the most frequent sources of error, Joachim Bitzer said, "They often involve defective sprayguns or leakages of compressed air. This can be expensive. For instance, two compressed air leakages can cost the bodyshop 1,200 euros a year."

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Under the Glasurit brand, BASF markets a comprehensive range of automotive refinishing paint systems, focusing on eco-efficient waterborne basecoats and high-solids paints. By using these systems all legal solvent-reduction requirements can be complied with anywhere in the world, and with regard to appearance and durability, the products meet the same quality standards as solvent-borne paints. In this area, the company offers a wide variety of services to support its customers. Glasurit Automotive Refinish is approved by most of the leading car manufacturers for aftermarket repair worldwide and chosen by them for its color expertise. Internet: www.glasurit.com

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