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Mitchell RepairCenter Expands Link with PPG Automotive Refinish PaintManager Software

Two-way interface aims to increase efficiency and accuracy for estimating paint costs.

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Mitchell announced it has implemented a two-way interface of Mitchell RepairCenter solution and the PAINTMANAGER software color formula retrieval system.

Working in tandem, the two systems will help collision facility customers save time and reduce errors by eliminating the need for shop personnel to rekey vehicle and repair order information. Additionally, mix data from PPG’s proprietary PaintManager software will automatically be transported back to the RepairCenter solution to achieve accurate paint material costs.

The PaintManager software helps boost collision center productivity by combining computerized color-mixing accuracy and efficiency with comprehensive reporting and tracking features. The product is part of the PPG Automotive Refinish line of advanced technology paint and coating systems for the automotive and fleet refinishing industry.

Mitchell’s RepairCenter solution enables collision repair facilities of any size to select the features they want to manage the repair, their customers and their business the way that best meets their needs. Repair facilities can also add modules as their business grows – all from within their own personalized workspace.

The integration, according to Mitchell, also improves the accuracy of overall job costing. Collision centers enter information once in the RepairCenter solution, and the system will generate an easily accessible data stream for partner tools to monitor and manage repairs and paint procedures on behalf of the body shop. Mitchell states this helps shops manage materials more effectively, improve technician efficiency and ensure that invoices sent to customers and insurance companies reflect the true list price of the paint used.

“We are very pleased with our partnership with PPG,” said Jim O’Leary, ‎vice president of product management and marketing. “This arrangement clearly demonstrates our mutual commitment to the technological innovations and advances that are so important to our customers and for improving productivity and increasing revenue opportunities. This is a great example of how the RepairCenter solution’s open platform and flexibility allow Mitchell to collaborate with industry leaders like PPG to continue delivering value to our collision repair customers.”

Added Mary Kimbro, PPG global director, color, “Integrating these systems is part of our promise to provide PPG customers with every opportunity to improve their paint operations. We are aware that our customers demand and deserve excellence in all aspects of the repair process. With the collision repair industry moving to new levels of technological capabilities, these two advanced applications represent the leading edge. By linking the systems, collision shops can experience improved productivity, efficiency, management and, of course, financial performance.”

For more information, contact a Mitchell representative at (800) 238-9111, PPG at (800) 647-6050, or visit www.mitchell.com or www.ppg.com for more information.

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