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The Merits of 3-D Measuring

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While it stands to logic that 3-D measuring systems would aid body shop efficiency, the statistics are downright eye-popping. Findings from the 2018 FenderBender Industry Survey jump out at you.

More than two-thirds of responding shops (69 percent) indicated that they currently possess a 3-D measuring system on their shop floor. And, of that group with the innovative machinery, 51 percent boast a yearly sales volume of $2.5 million or more.

And, shops with 3-D measuring systems tend to enjoy far better technician productivity than those that don’t.

Here’s a look at 3-D measuring system metrics from virtually every angle:

                                      YES, HAVE 3-D  SYSTEMS NO

Yearly Sales Volume of $1M-plus: 80% 34%

Cycle time of 7 days or less: 44% 33%

CSI of 90%+: 67% 34%

Net profit margin of 11%+: 39% 22%

Technician Productivity of 100%+: 68% 10%

Sales have grown in last 5 years: 76% 62%

A few years back, FenderBender examined what shop operators should consider when purchasing electronic measuring systems, with insight from I-CAR official Jason Bartanen. In essence, Bartanen noted that shops need to exhaustively analyze all measuring system options before making a buying decision, because the equipment could be in a facility for a lifetime. You can check out the full article online, at   

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