The Merits of 3-D Measuring
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 fenderbender.com/modernmeasuring.