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Chief Automotive Technologies Demonstrates Fusion Technology at Media Day

Trade press editors visited Vehicle Service Group headquarters to get a firsthand look at the MultiMig 522 welder, System Multispot MI-100Control T Spot Welder, PNP90 rivet gun and fume extractor.


Jason Stahl has 27 years of experience as an editor, and has been editor of BodyShop Business for the past 15 years. He currently is a gold pin member of the Collision Industry Conference. Jason, who hails from Cleveland, Ohio, earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from John Carroll University and started his career in journalism at a weekly newspaper, doing everything from delivering newspapers to selling advertising space to writing articles.

BodyShop Business Editor Jason Stahl and Kristen Simpson of Simpson Communications show off their high scores on the welding simulator.



Chief Automotive Technologies hosted trade press editors Sept. 28-29 at their world headquarters in Madison, Ind., to showcase their fusion technology and give the editors a chance to try their hand at spot welding and riveting.

The day began with a briefing on the Vehicle Service Group (part of the $8 billion Dover Corp.), which includes the Chief, Elektron, Rotary Lift, Revolution, Forward Lift, Direct-Lift, Blitz, Hanmecson Lifts and Nogra brands.


Richard Perry, global repair product manager, collision, discusses the finer points of MIG brazing aluminum.

Then, the editors were treated to a presentation called “You Can’t Fix What You Don’t Know.” The presentation was given by Richard Perry, global repair product manager, collision, and focused on the advanced materials appearing in vehicles today and the types of repair methods they require. Topics including MIG brazing, adhesives and the types of materials out there including aluminum, advanced high strength steel, ultra high strength steel, Usibor, magnesium, carbon fiber and plastics.


Bryan Brown discusses the features of the System Multispot MI-100Control T Spot Welder with TrueAutoMode.

After the classroom, the media members got to hit the factory and test out a MIG welding simulator. Then, they watched a live demonstration of the MultiMig 522, ideal for the welding and brazing of aluminum alloys, sheet metal, stainless and high-strength steel. During that demonstration, Chief’s fume extractor efficiently removed all weld fume particulates.


Jason Stahl tries his hand at the welding simulator.

Up next was a demonstration of the Ford F-150 shop certification-approved System Multispot MI-100Control T Spot Welder with TrueAutoMode. The editors all got to try it firsthand, as well as the PNP90 rivet gun. In fact, they actually put rivets in and extracted some out of a custom-made business card holder that Chief made for them as a keepsake.



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