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One lean expert says the collision industry for the most part remains mired in the traditional, wasteful model of doing business.
The city is back and alive, and cars are at the heart of it. All of us here at BodyShop Business will be there July 28-Aug. 2 for NACE, and we hope you will be too.
Tom Hoerner, business solutions leader for BASF, discussed the paint manufacturer's Advanced Process Solutions at the VisionPlus Conference held March 10-11 in Clearwater, Fla.
3/24/2014 8:06:05 AM
Conference took place Feb. 20-23, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz., and saw a record turnout of attendees.
3/7/2014 11:53:01 AM
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More and more shops are finding there is value to going green, not just because they want to be good stewards of the environment but because there's actually money in it.
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Load leveling can have its pros and cons when it comes to trying to boost the efficiency of your multi-shop operation.
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After five months of trying to implement kaizen at a high-production shop, I'm back to the beginning, fighting fires non-stop. What did I do wrong? Read and find out. Part II in a series.
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Implementing lean/kaizen in a high-production shop produced some major challenges for me. Hopefully my experiences will help you determine if this is a road you want to go down.
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The collision center at Gullo Ford discovered that creating a "fast lane" for minor collision repairs was the key to improving its cycle time.
11/11/2013 10:16:08 AM
Sit back and let me tell you the story of a shop that improved its scheduling processes…and improved its cycle time.
8/12/2013 1:15:10 PM
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Editor Jason Stahl gives a recap of tips for reducing cycle time through improved shop management gleaned from his trip to the Sherwin-Williams A-Plus Network Vision Group in Phoenix.
Collision business owners are routinely and institutionally told by insurers that they must negotiate with them to an agreed price on repairs on property they don't own, even though they have no legal standing or credentials ...
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Unlike traditional business models, the kaizen engine is built so that when customers' needs are not met, it shuts down so that both only the needs will get delivered (not defects) and the root cause of the problem can be ide...
9/1/2010 10:38:28 AM
You might think creating standard operating procedures (SOPs) to standardize work is a good thing until you realize that no improvement is going on. Only once the need exists to find a better way to work will a work standar...
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The concern about creating a kaizen culture is always the same: "I don't think my people will tolerate this level of change." But failed change usually results from failed management, not people's unwillingness to change. Cre...
5/10/2010 11:40:26 AM
 
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