GM, Celette Develop Repair Plans for Cadillac CT6
Dec. 1, 2015—Celette and General Motors have developed repair plans for Cadillac’s CT6.
Through GM’s sharing of 3-D data with several structural repair bench manufacturers early on, Celette was able to create fixtures and data sheets. The information was then tested on prototype fixtures on an actual Cadillac CT6 at the GM Collision Repair Technology Center.
"We displayed our approved CT6 repair plan and tools at NACE, way back at the beginning of the summer," says Bastien Dias Da Costa, operations manager for Celette. "We were way ahead of the game when it came to bringing this solution to market."
GM instructors from across the globe came to Detroit in August for a “Train the Trainers” event hosted by Celette where they learned the specifics on the repair plans for the Cadillac CT6 with Celette’s Dedicated Fixture System.
The company also showcased tools and methods and the 2015 SEMA show, including the “skeletor,” the structure of the new CT6, and all of the Celette fixtures and equipment needed to repair it.
“Considering the mixed material and complex manufacturing process of the new 2016 Cadillac CT6 structure, it was crucial for GM to develop a strong collision repair plan early in the vehicle development process,” says Leo Gruzas, manager customer care and aftersales, body/exterior service engineering for General Motors. “The collision repair plan required timely review of repair procedures, service part strategies, training, and the necessary collision repair tools. One of the required tools for collision repair on the Cadillac CT6 is a structural repair bench.”
The partnership between Celette and GM will move forward with the sharing of information that will benefit both companies.
“GM plans to continue to partner with Celette and all 3D capable bench manufacturers on future products to ensure fixtures and data sheets are available before vehicles start to appear in dealer showrooms,” says Gruzas.