Collision Repair & Refinish

Chief News: Chief Packages Computerized Measuring with Alignment

Chief Packages Computerized Measuring with Alignment
Reduce cycle times and improve productivity with new LaserLockAlign system

Madison, Ind. (Oct. 26, 2017) – To help collision repair shops improve cycle times, productivity and profitability, Chief introduces LaserLockAlign, the only combination computerized measuring and wheel alignment system.

Chief will feature LaserLockAlign in its SEMA Show booth #10122. For introductory pricing and other show specials, visit The SEMA Show runs Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Ecoological Debuts New Collision Restoration Option for Truck Bumpers

Ecoological’s BumperShellz are custom-fitted ABS covers designed to easily cover minor damage and leave original equipment bumpers looking great again. There are few good options available to repair dented or rusty truck bumpers, thus requiring expensive replacement bumpers or "living with the unsightly damage."

BumperShellz install in a fraction of the time and cost of replacement bumpers, and give truck owners the ability to customize their bumper with custom grilles and lights. These protective covers come in a variety of colors and can be painted to match any truck color.

About Ecoological: Ecoological is a small family owned business with a passion for developing new products to meet evolving market needs and the flexibility to get it done quickly. We make all our products in the USA, and many with our own hands. It is our promise to develop unique products that meet the needs of our customers in an environmentally conscious way.

Ecoological Provides Truck Owners a Way to Restyle Their Bumper and Turn Heads Without Destroying Their Resale Value

Ecoological’s new bumper covers for the F-150 are a brand new economical customization platform for easily achieving unique styling options in addition to covering chrome, dents, rust, and adding a layer of protection to the bumper from road debris. These BumperShellz are designed to easily mix and match color schemes, and allow for customers to add grille inserts and LED lights to their bumper. Because modifications are added to the bumper cover instead of the bumper itself, the bumper is spared from drilling or sanding which would cause permanent damage.

BumperShellz are custom formed covers that fit over the OEM bumper to completely cover the original surface. They require no permanent alteration to the vehicle which makes them a great way to customize a leased vehicle or protect a truck’s resale value.

Ecoological Unveils Product to Fully Protect Factory Truck Bumpers

With ArmorShellz, truck owners can now add the ultimate in rugged styling and protection directly to their original equipment bumpers, but without the hassle and cost of permanent alteration. ArmorShellz are custom fitted ABS plastic bumper covers that are sprayed with the same tough polyurea surface coating as near-indestructible truck bed-liners. With ArmorShellz installed, a truck's bumper will be well protected from rock chips as well as many of the elements encountered while off-roading.

If ArmorShellz become damaged, or the owner desires to return the bumper back to its previous appearance, these covers can easily be removed and replaced. Installation of ArmorShellz can be completed in under thirty minutes, and requires no drilling or any other alterations of any kind. They install by tucking under present trim and utilizing available screws and clips, and are secured firmly with 3M acrylic foam tape.

Visit us at Booth 38161 in the Upper South Hall.

Celette unveils a new product at SEMA, the Cameleon: Customizable Fixture-Set Solution.

Celette the manufacturer of internationally renowned collision repair equipment debuts a brand new product: the Cameleon, Customizable Fixture-Set Solution. This new product provides a solution to help keep up with the high volume of middle segment vehicles entering the global market.
The Cameleon is modular and scalable with a set of standard tips, adjustable X and Y plates and adjustable jigs. It is as accurate and reliable as Celette’s dedicated fixtures. The Cameleon is adaptable to all of the existing Celette standard tools. Log-in to access the user-friendly software in order to customize your own jig assembly with an ever-growing database.

Visit Celette at SEMA booth#11077 for a demonstration or see it presented at the SEMA New Products Showcase.
You can also contact us directly for more information: or (630)396-6100.


Las Vegas, Nevada, October 30, 2017—The AutoJudge Awards for Automobiles, SUVs, and Pickup Trucks celebrate their twelfth anniversary at this year’s SEMA show. Sponsored by the Texas Automotive Media Association (TAMA) the award began as an alternative to the multitude of automotive awards distributed at various car shows and other events.
The Awards Presentation takes place Monday, October 30, at 1:30 pm in the Media Center, Room S220.
"AutoJudge was conceived twelve years ago and is the first national award of the incoming auto show season," said Texas Automotive Media Association President Marlon Hanson. "It is announced at the largest automotive and aftermarket event in the country, SEMA. Selecting the very best gets more difficult every year."

Alternative Powertrain: Nissan Leaf
Compact Vehicle: Mazda Miata MX-5
Family Car: Toyota Camry
Full Size Sedan: Chrysler 300
Luxury Car: Genesis G90
Van/Wagon: Chrysler Pacifica


Milwaukee, WI October 27th 2017 – Tom Burden is one of this year’s SEMA Launch Pad finalists, and the latest news can only add to the momentum of his growing startup company, Grypmat. Our team is excited to announce that Tom Burden will be featured on “Shark Tank” November 12th, 9pm-10pm ET/PT on ABC. This news comes just days before Tom takes the stage for this year’s SEMA Launch Pad competition on October 30th. After being selected as one of the ten finalists, Tom will compete for Overall Winner of this year’s contest. The winner will receive a $10,000 award to be used for business promotion and a free booth at the 2018 SEMA show.

OKI Data Americas Demonstrates Durable Vehicle Wrap Solutions with Leading Color Density at SEMA 2017

Presentations of vehicle wrap customization and personalization to highlight capabilities of award-winning ColorPainter M-64s wide-format printer that beats competition in color vibrancy and outdoor durability

IRVING, Texas, Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- OKI Data Americas, a world-class printing technology leader, will share its latest technology in cutting-edge vehicle wrap solutions at SEMA 2017, taking place Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As the trend and demand for personalization and customization in vehicle wraps soars, OKI will spotlight the capabilities of its award-winning ColorPainter M-64s wide-format printer, which provides unparalleled outdoor longevity and color saturation of vehicle wraps, at its booth #51819.

KNIPEX Tools Introduces XL CoBolt® Bolt Cutters

10-inch bolt cutters designed for versatile, powerful cutting
with significantly less effort and hand force required.

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – KNIPEX Tools introduced its series of compact XL CoBolt® Bolt Cutters to add to its original 8-inch CoBolt® Mini Bolt Cutters series. The bolt cutters are now 10 inches in length and are available with straight blades or with a notch, which allows for easier cutting of thicker materials.

The XL CoBolt® Bolt Cutters feature a high transmission ratio that lowers the hand force needed, requiring 60 percent less effort compared to high-leverage diagonal cutters of the same size. The micro-structure, laser-etched cutting edges are uniquely designed to stop thicker, round objects from slipping during use. The notch in the blade keeps large cross sections close to the base of the blade for maximum leverage and easier cutting.

KNIPEX Tools Introduces Needle-Nose Combination Pliers

Pliers series ideal for gripping, bending, holding, pulling and cutting workpieces
for all common installation and repair work.

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – KNIPEX Tools introduced its series of Needle-Nose Combination Pliers. The pliers are ideal for all common installation and repair work that involves gripping, bending, holding, pulling and cutting the workpiece.

At a length of six inches, the Needle-Nose Combination Pliers have a slim-head design and anti-twist, pointed jaws, making the pliers useful when working in tough, confined areas. The pliers include a special convex contour on one jaw for a highly secure, three-point grip on workpieces. The pulling groove in the gripping area permits small parts, such as nails, pins and bolts, to be held and pulled without slipping.

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