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LASER MEASUREMENT SYSTEM INNOVATOR, AMS, HOLDS NATIONAL TRAINING SEMINAR

Committed to partnering with some of the finest professionals in collision repair, AMS held its annual national training and sales seminar for distributors in Pittsburgh, PA last week. The 2 day event began with a dinner for attendees, then a full day of technical training and half day of sharing best sales practices. Highlighted in these meetings was the importance of accurate measurements in DRP Programs, training on the new Spectre™ system and working with groups preparing for upcoming show participation.

Advanced Measurement Systems recently introduced Spectre™ as our latest innovation -  a cordless, single laser, Bluetooth enabled measuring system that offers an extended 40 ft. range all while actually verifying measurement accuracy anywhere, anytime!  Spectre™ features a compact, user-friendly design with a bright, easy to read screen and intuitive 3D Software.  Produces digital reports for all parties in minutes. True Angle dual axis tilt sensor and continuous level compensation expedites setup, and no messy cables to f... Read More

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SKF pinion seal install with Truck U

Why choose a pinion seal made out of high quality materials? The host of Truck U has the answer and a few tips for a smooth pinion seal installation using the SKF pinion seal.  

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Karen Cover Jul 19    Article


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ATSG Brings Industry-Leading Transmission Expertise to NACE Automechanika Chicago

This summer at NACE Automechanika Chicago, ATSG’s top transmission trainers will be leading a transmission course for all automotive professionals no matter their experience level. Anyone who performs undercar service should take part in this class, which will cover 8 & 9 speed and 0AWQ multitronic DSG transmissions.

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Share Your Photos, Win Great Prizes

It’s easy to show off how you represent yourself. You could win and earn up to $100 in free Motor Age Training products in our “Represent Yourself” contest.*

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Karen Cover Jul 19    Article


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Don't miss out on the Tenneco Experience!

The interactive 53-foot-long display brings to life the range of emissions control and ride control technologies Tenneco has for you.

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Karen Cover Jul 19    Article


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What makes free mechanical training better? Cash prizes!

You have 3 chances to win cash for referring your friends to join you at NACE Automechanika Chicago. Find out how!

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Karen Cover Jul 19    Article


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How employees can buy out a boss who is ready to retire

More than half — 56 percent — of independent shop owners plan to sell their businesses by 2020 (according to a 2015 survey by Hiscox Insurance). Just as in many other industries, retiring baby boomers are making way for new owners and entrepreneurs in the auto repair sector.

Yet these aren’t mega corporate merger and acquisition deals like Icahn Automotive’ s recent $35 million acquisition of Precision Auto.  And the owners and employees aren’t billionaire hedge fund managers like Carl Icahn, either. But they are important to their retiring owners and the employees who remain.

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Are You Learning Up To Your Maximum Potential?

Industry trainer and entrepreneur George Menchu, President of AES Wave is enthusiastic about teaching our industries technicians. He is even more passionate on how technicians learn. He says that the basic problem of learning is to understand the mechanics of learning. LISTEN HERE.


Jorge shares his Four Levels of Learning and says, “Everyone knows how to learn. If you are not struggling to learn; then you are in control of the process of learning.”

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Karen Cover Jul 18    Article


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Why acquisitions are good for business

Acquisitions get a bad rap. Acquisitions are described as risky. Acquiring companies are portrayed as evil raiders and titans. Tales of high stake chest thumping negotiations between power brokers fill our conversations. Stories of lay-offs, firings, law suits and forced relocations ensue. But even with all of the negative, I know that acquisitions are good for business.

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Quality, availability top list of reasons technicians buy a specific part

Quality and availability are the two reasons technicians cited most often as to why they buy a specific aftermarket product, according to the 2017 Aftermarket Business World Technician Attitude Study.

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Key logistics innovations of the future to impact warehouse, shipping costs

Customer demands for expedited delivery and e-commerce capabilities have put new pressures on the supply chain. Shippers have to be able to provide rapid (often same-day) delivery of goods with a high level of visibility for customers. At the same time, new technologies are making it easier for logistics providers to provide these services. Competition and price pressures are further complicating delivery.

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How a dedicated and loyal team stepped up to make a difference.

I'm so grateful to Jerry Holcom, owner of S & S Service in Kansas City, MO,  for sharing his life's experiences and challenges. There is a bit of deep emotion here when you hear Jerry talk about his issues and the positive outcomes as a result of a team pulling together to make a difference.  LISTEN HERE.

Jerry talks openly about life’s lessons in this very powerful episode. This English major turned technician and shop owner, shares his most important business experiences, his challenges along the way and how grateful he is to his team. A self-professed micro manager that runs a dog friendly shop used a Tandy computer in the 80’s to track his business; needless to say he was an early adopter! Jerry, an ASE Master Tech, has been recognized for his accomplishes by top industry organizations.; see the show notes page for a summary. Listen.

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