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Caliber Collision Poway and the San Diego Experience

Once a small ocean-side town, San Diego now embodies a bustling metropolis with an ever-growing population. San Diego locals know their county for its vast diversity and cultural eclectics. From the Padres to the Charges, the animal-based attractions to Balboa Park, San Diego County emulates continuous growth and change to meet the needs of the community—ensuring something for everyone. With that, as supply and demand tell us, Rely-On must meet the needs of locals and their automotive maintenance.

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Since its beginning, Rely-On Technologies continues to maintain a lasting relationship with the San Diego region. Poway’s newest Caliber Collision shop embodies the changing automotive repair industry throughout the San Diego region. Many small, independent repair shops no longer possess the capabilities to meet the demands of the growing population and face selling their businesses. As a result, larger companies like Caliber Collision now buy out these smaller shops to make all turnout needs required by the increasing market.

The same notion goes for the auto body repair industry throughout this area of Southern California. Rely-Technologies recently established a new Caliber Collision branch in the city of Poway—the former’s second installation in San Diego County in less than six months. Similar to Rely-On’s previous installations Port Authority and Mission Gorge, the upcoming San Marcos facility will cater to the high-traffic area, which reflects the ever-growing population in the county.

While the populace in San Diego County continues to grow, in turn increasing the demand of high turnover body shops, locals should not worry over how these changes will affect their auto repair service. Rely-On Technologies will continue to serve the community and ensure top-notch quality to companies and clients alike.

About Al Ortiz

President of Rely-On Technologies. We sell, install and service paint spray booth systems nationwide. We sell to the Aerospace, Automotive, Technology, Defense and industrial industries.

Case Study: Caliber Collision North Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Sin City itself, often presents regrets and stories of indulgence for many who experience its many wonders. However, such fears should not exist when repairing your car at the new Caliber Collision in North Las Vegas. Rely-On Technologies recently worked with Caliber in launching an auto body shop, fully assembled as part of a clean-air installation initiative. Caliber contracted Rely-On for one double-frontier prep station, two downdraft spray booths, and one mix room—all of which provided by the highly regarded GARMAT USA. However, this successful endeavor proved itself as a road less traveled when working with the state of Nevada.

As fully licensed general contractors in Nevada, the Rely-On team faced many obstacles during the installation process as they sought all permits for the equipment, including those required for sprinklers, gas, and electrical wiring for the store. During this process, the state proved especially particular as Caliber looked to convert an unoccupied brown-field location (i.e., convert an empty building) into an innovate body shop many customers know them for. Correction after correction, Rely-On’s team spent many days and nights in the store’s community—reflecting their dedication to the client—and pushed through to complete the project in the time they committed to Caliber. Ultimately, Rely-On finished the project on time and under budget, allowing the new North Las Vegas Caliber Collision branch to meet its anticipated grand opening within thirty days.

Despite the work Rely-On’s team carried about in this installation, they relied on many local engineers to expedite the process. Rely-On prides itself with contracting local Las Vegas electricians, plumbers, and sprinkler technicians to not only complete the project, but also to support local economies. These partnerships gave Rely-On the advisement its team needed when confronting issues presented by the city while educating local contractors on how to develop work in their own communities.

About Al Ortiz

President of Rely-On Technologies. We sell, install and service paint spray booth systems nationwide. We sell to the Aerospace, Automotive, Technology, Defense and industrial industries.

Case Study: Caliber Collision Van Nuys

Auto body shops continually expand in size to meet their ever-growing demand for quality external repair. To meet these needs, Caliber Collision takes pride as the premier repair brand in customer service in every community it opens a new location. In the city of Van Nuys, Caliber Collision aimed to establish a “heavy-hit” shop capable of meeting the growing insurance demand. Rely-On Technologies worked alongside a team of contractors to create a layout that not only would fit the footprint of the building, but would also create a flow that minimizes any poor designs or repairs that may occur in its work.

The installation first began with a time-invested search for a prime location. The process began with an initial walkthrough prior to Caliber Collision leasing the building. This ensures the site could provide the optimal layout for this type of development. As a valued partner of Caliber Collision, Rely-On Technologies provides such pre-construction services to forecast what local inspectors would ask of the new shop—ensuring all of necessary certificates of occupancy remain in place. This critical process will save months of additional permitting issues, which would otherwise delay the move-in date for the shop significantly.

Once leased, Rely-On Technologies took the architectural drawings and created the layout for the Garmat USA spray booths, prep stations, and mix rooms. This particular shop required a semi-downdraft, double-prep booth along with two Garmat USA 3000 down-draft spray booths. Once approved by the city of Van Nuys, Rely-On Technologies began the concrete portion of the project. The scope of concrete work included the installation of the exhaust pits for the paint booths and a new wash bay for the car detail. Booths were installed, curtains hung, duct works installed into the roof, and the system as a whole was fired up weeks before the scheduled move-in date. Caliber Collision continuously relies on its partners to perform to a tight schedule as Rely-On Technologies works everyday to meet that demand.

About Al Ortiz

President of Rely-On Technologies. We sell, install and service paint spray booth systems nationwide. We sell to the Aerospace, Automotive, Technology, Defense and industrial industries.

Case Study: Caliber Collision Center San Diego

Somewhere in downtown San Diego, directly between the San Diego International Airport and the Metrorail, was an old Coast Guard building that would become home to the latest Caliber Collision Center.

What was special about this shop was that it would become one of the largest Caliber shops in San Diego, as well as one of first shops in the country to apply the new “heavy hit” shop foot print that would be used going on into the future. This new “heavy hit” footprint has been in development with Rely On Technologies, along with Garmat USA & Caliber Collision for the past 3 years.

The idea behind this is to be able to produce enough work to distribute to the next station, in an in-line process & effectively eliminating bottle necks in the building. Because every building is different, Rely On Technologies coordinates with outside builders contracted by Caliber, during the early stages of building acquisitions to layout the shop and see if it meets the “heavy-hit” foot print. Just like every collision, no two buildings are alike.

This pre-walkthrough is an important stage for the future of the output of the shop. If the layout doesn’t work from day one and the bottlenecks are higher than the golden ratio, the shop wont ever be able to maximize its full profit potential. With years of shop layout and profit data, Rely On Technologies can walk away from a project confident that the shop will make the most out of that footprint, for that location. When Rely On hands over the keys, the sky truly is the limit.

For the project in San Diego, there was an important deadline on the grand opening date, due to this shop being slated as a replacement for the Kettner location just a few blocks away. The Kettner location was scheduled to be torn down by the city, to be replaced by a new parking structure for the condos that were also scheduled to be built.

Rely On Technologies worked around the clock to make the tight schedule. The equipment that was installed were two drive through Garmat downdraft spray booths, and 1 drive through double semi down draft prep station, with 1MBTU burners on all 3 booths. This inline installation would eliminate bottle necks in the paint department, effectively pushing cars through the spray booths.

Seeing as how these types of hits would require more body work, more time in the paint booth, a double heated prep minimizes the time in the booth by curing primer & light paint work before the final paint and clear. By splitting the painting process to primer/paint & paint/clear, this allows 4 vehicles to be painted at the same time!

This effectively doubles the output of standard shops using the same size building footprint. This is that the team at Rely On Technologies excel at, and what we can bring to your shop layout!

About Al Ortiz

President of Rely-On Technologies. We sell, install and service paint spray booth systems nationwide. We sell to the Aerospace, Automotive, Technology, Defense and industrial industries.

What You Need To Know About the 6H Rule

When RelyOn sells a spray booth, we make sure that the booth you buy is beneficial for your business. That means that our booths help you to maximize paint coverage, and they save your workers time when it comes to application and paint stripping. We also make sure that all of the booths we sell are compliant with the laws and guidelines that are in effect by the EPA. For any body shop in the country, that means making sure that our spray booths are 6H Rule compliant.

What Is The 6H Rule?

Officially, the 6H rule is subpart HHHHHH of EPA law 63.11169 titled “National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Coating Operations at Area Sources.” Basically what it means is that the EPA is trying to lower the instances of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) such as lead and methylene chloride by creating stricter rules for the application of these substances.

Area Source

At the end of that long title, you may have noticed the phrase “area source.” The EPA defines an area source as any facility that uses paints with HAPs in them that, if the application of the HAPs is not contained, could release at least 10 tons of HAPs each year into the atmosphere. This would include most of the medium to large body shops in the United States, which is why understanding the 6H Rule is so important.

The History Of The 6H Rule

The EPA officially launched the 6H Rule on January 10, 2011. By that date, any body shop that uses primers, paints or thinners that contain HAPs had to submit a three-page survey to their local EPA office to make sure that they were part of the regular inspections to maintain compliance.

Staying Compliant With The 6H Rule

In order to be compliant with the 6H Rule, a body shop must:

  • Have spray booths that meet the EPA’s requirements
  • Maintained a staff of certified spray booth employees who have valid EPA 6H certificates (these certificates must be updated every five years through training from the EPA)
  • Have training manuals for all spray guns on hand and available at all times
  • Have a valid state air permit

Are There Exceptions?

There are a few exceptions to the 6H Rule, but you will find that the exceptions are rare. The major exceptions include:

  • The United States Military
  • Any shop that does not use atomizing spray technology (check with your local EPA office to see if you are exempt)
  • Shops that use hand-held spray guns with a capacity of three fluid ounces or less
  • Shops that utilize powder coatings
  • Shops that utilize non-refillable aerosol spray cans
  • Shops that use metallic or non-metallic materials for thermal spray processes
  • Facility maintenance painting

What Are The Penalties?

The penalties are handed out directly by the EPA and can vary depending on the duration of the offense and how the volume of HAPs being released into the air. Shops that did not register as they were instructed can still be subject to fines if they are turned in by concerned residents.

The Clean Air Act gives the EPA the legal right to assess fines of up to $32,000 per day, per offense. The EPA also has the authority to pursue criminal charges, if they deem that necessary.

How RelyOn Can Help

RelyOn is a licensed installation and repair contractor for Garmat USA. All of the spray booths made by Garmat USA are designed to meet the requirements of the 6H Rule, and the installation work done by RelyOn also meets the EPA’s standards.

The fines for not complying with the 6H Rule are hefty, and the EPA is taking the elimination of HAPs very seriously. Give RelyOn a call and let us get you started on your 6H Rule compliant Garmat USA paint booth and do your part to keep the environment clean.

RESOURCES:

Green Service FAQ On The 6H Rule

EPA 6H Paint Rule – What You Need To Know

EPA Summary of Regulations Controlling Air Emissions from Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations

About Al Ortiz

President of Rely-On Technologies. We sell, install and service paint spray booth systems nationwide. We sell to the Aerospace, Automotive, Technology, Defense and industrial industries.

What is Air Quality District Management Rule 1147?

In an effort to combat climate change, the South Coast Air Quality Management District enacted a series of rules and regulations to offset emissions for potentially dangerous pollutants. Rule 1147 addresses the role of nitrogen oxide. NOx is formed when fuel is burned at high temperatures. While a principal cause of nitrogen oxide is motor vehicle emissions, it can also be caused by stationary sources, like industrial boilers or electric utilities. In 2008, the South Coast Air Quality Management District approved a measure that sets limits on the amount of nitrogen oxide that an appliance like an industrial burner can emit. While the levels vary depending on the piece of equipment, the current level for an industrial burner is 30 ppm.
What Are the Benefits of Air Quality Control?
Nitrogen oxide is a highly reactive gas that can have serious effects on the environment. It is most well-known for its role in creating an atmospheric reaction that leads to ground-level ozone, or smog. Regulation of NOx emissions can help curtail serious environmental ramifications, like:

  • Acid rain
  • Lowered resistance to respiratory infections, like the flu
  • Acute respiratory illness in children
  • As you can see, Rule 1147 plays an important role in keeping our environment clean and our families healthy.

How is RelyOn Leading the Charge?

RelyOn is committed to honoring the state of California’s high standards when it comes to nitrous oxide emissions. Our LoNox Burner not only meets the SCAQMD’s stringent emissions standards, but offers several other benefits, as well.

When you purchase a burner system, you may be tempted to find a budget burner. However, these never turn out to be the great deal that they seem.  They often out sooner, require more maintenance, and will likely need more repairs to keep in line with the Rule 1147 standard.

If you make modifications to your previous equipment, it usually takes a year of approval and testing before it can be certified as meeting Rule 1147 standards. With a RelyOn’s LoNox burner, you have the convenience of pre-approval. What’s more, we will handle the Rule 1147 application for you.

Here are some of the features of our LoNox Burner:

  • Digital interface with touch screen
  • Full bake cycle
  • Compatibility with all spray booth designs: down draft, semi-down draft, cross draft
  • VFD Variable Frequency Drives
  • 1MBTU

We stand apart from the competition by offering the highest quality equipment with outstanding customer service. We have over 30 years of experience in selling and installing equipment, so we can tailor your installation to meet your unique needs.

We’ve had clients from Mercedes-Benz to family dealerships. In one instance, we had a client who requested routine maintenance, but had to do a complete burner overhaul because their previous budget units were charred on the inside. Thanks to RelyOn’s quick customer service and pre-approved equipment, the client was able to keep their grand opening on schedule.

At RelyOn, we believe that a superior product and the best customer service will always be the keys to doing good business. If you have any questions about our LoNox burner, or how we can help bring your equipment up to regulation quickly and efficiently, don’t hesitate to contact us.

2015 Sharp Shooter Contest

Win a Trip To SEMA 2015 From Garmat USA

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO July 9, 2015 –It’s back, GARMAT USA’s Sharp Shooter Contest! GARMAT USA has announced the return of the Garmat Sharp Shooter contest for shop owners and paint techs.  The contest which began in 2011 was designed to recognize quality paint techs and shop owners that use Garmat equipment. Grand Prize includes a trip for 2 to the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and a SATAjet 4000B Camouflage Limited Edition Paint Gun.

“The talent that we have seen from this contest just continues to amaze everyone within the Garmat organization,” says Johan Huwaert, Garmat USA’s general manager. “The shop owners appreciate the contest too, as it provides the added benefit of validating their commitment to quality by showcasing their choice of equipment and capabilities of their technicians.”

The Garmat Sharp Shooter Contest will run from July 9, 2015 –October 1, 2015. Entering the contest is as easy as uploading a video and/or emailing the application form.  Paint techs and their managers will have the opportunity to tell their Garmat Story in either video testimonial or written statements.  Judging is based on the shop owner and paint tech’s dedication to providing quality paint jobs, superior customer service, attention to safety and overall equipment knowledge.  Bonus questions include an inquiry on how Garmat can improve their Garmat experience with product improvements.

In addition to the Grand Prize of a free trip to the SEMA SHOW in Las Vegas, SATA will once again provide 2 SATA Camo Paint Guns to be presented to the top two entries.  Five finalists will each be awarded two Wi-Fi tablets, (one for the contestant and one for the owner/manager); and a 3M logo’d backpack.  The first 100 entrants will receive a custom Garmat Sharp Shooter Cap.  Contest rules and regulations can be found at www.garmat.com.  The application can be downloaded at: http://www.garmat.com/Sharpshooter.html.

Winners from the 2014 Sharp Shooter contest can be found on www.facebook.com/GarmatUSA.

Founded in 1988, Garmat USA is a manufacturer of technologically advanced paint spray booths and equipment. Garmat USA’s corporate offices and manufacturing facilities are located at 1401 W. Stanford Ave., Englewood, Co., USA. www.garmat.com – 303.781.6802.

Sata by DanAM is an official sponsor of the Sharp Shooter Contest, no recommendation or affiliation is implied.

3M is an official sponsor of the Sharp Shooter Contest, no recommendation or affiliation is implied

Meeting the Rule 1147 LoNox Burner Requirements While Increasing Revenues

Fletcher Jones in Newport Beach is California’s premier Mercedes Benz dealership. Their collision center is no different in terms of annual sales. When South Coast AQMD came to their shop, the owners knew they would have to upgrade their spray booth heaters to meet the Rule 1147 LoNox burner requirements. This would prove to be a challenge due to the volume of work going through that shop at any given time. Adding to the set of hurdles, with the expansion of the dealership to include the Sprinter Vans, they also needed to add a new Garmat 3000 Hi-Roof spray booth to handle the taller vehicles. FJ Mercedes Benz decided to contact Rely-On Technologies with these unique sets of challenges.

The first challenge was to fit a taller spray booth into what essentially is a parking structure with enough height to handle a van with a height measuring up to 108”. The second challenge was to retro-fit the existing two downdraft booths with brand new Garmat AQMD Pre-Approved burners without slowing down production. With proper pre-planning, Rely-On was up to the challenge to install the new booth with new burners—and keep the collision center at Fletcher Jones producing their high volume of output.

The Garmat 3000 Hi-Roof Sprinter Van booth is a ”modified” downdraft paint booth with a pit-less design. This unit comes with an AQMD Pre-Approved LoNox burner built into the ceiling of the booth and maximizes the valuable floor space Fletcher Jones required to maintain output. Features of this booth were Garmat’s TrueWhite light fixtures, drive through option, and integrated blower system for waterborne paints—a complete package in a smaller footprint. With the booth installed and fired-up, phase two of this project could begin.

With a fully functional spray booth, Rely-On Technologies dismantled the existing booths for the LoNox retrofit. The new Garmat 3000 Burner unit comes complete with the latest Garmat technologies, including a smaller footprint, capacitive touch screen technology and most importantly, is SC AQMD Rule 1147 Pre-Approved. By being pre-approved, there is no need for field testing or additional expense. The booths were retro fitted over two long weekends, and with the input from the head painter Paul, the booths were fired-up, balanced and brought up to “new booth” performance, extending the life of the booth for another twenty years minimum!

With a project of this scope, Rely-On Technologies completed another successful installation of a high performance shop, Fletcher Jones Mercedes, on time and as un-obtrusive to their monthly performance as possible. Having installed the latest Garmat technologies, ensuring that Fletcher Jones will continue as the collision leader for years to come.

Advantages of Raising Your Booth’s Height

C&L Auto Body, a premier family-owned and operated business located in the greater Los Angeles area, specializes in collision repair as well as auto restoration. Located in Covina, California, when the owners moved their business closer to home, they wanted a booth product that was budget friendly and gave them an edge over their competition. Rely-On Technologies gave them ideas to make this vision into a reality. After a few meetings and phone calls, the most creative solution would be to put in a semi-downdraft spray booth, tall enough to paint a 108” Sprinter-style work van.

C&L Auto Body loved the idea! Not only did this differentiate themselves in the eyes of the insurance companies, but also added a way to work with other collision repair facilities in the area who are incapable of painting these taller vehicles in their own paint facilities. It gave them a source of revenue and allowed C&L Auto Body to rapidly expand their client base.

Fletcher Jones Mercedes Benz in Newport Beach, California, was in the market to expand their already busy collision center with the addition of the Mercedes Benz Sprinter van collision repair to meet the high demand of what the dealership sold. A fully outfitted Sprinter van can be almost 10’ tall with the air conditioning unit and any additional rooftop equipment one might use to customize their rig. The standard spray booth is about 9’ tall, so another solution would need to be installed at the facility. The biggest problem with installing one of these specialized spray booths is restrictions pertaining to height. Fletcher Jones only had 12’ to work with, so rather than working with what was considered a “standard” unit, Rely-On Technologies worked backwards and installed a custom drive through Garmat 3000 Hi-Roof Modified Downdraft paint booth, equipped with an AQMD LoNox Pre-Approved 1MBTU burner integrated into the roof of the booth. The final product works seamlessly with their existing shop throughput. Sprinter vans preparing Mercedes Benz vehicles ready for prep and paint was the visual Rely-On Technologies saw from the initial meeting and the fully functional operation adds an additional revenue stream to a previously established shop.

2015 brought many changes in the automotive repair industry. Caruso Ford has long been a family owned and operated Ford dealership in Long Beach for many years. When their twenty (plus)-year spray booth suffered a catastrophic fire earlier this year, it proved beyond repair and required a full replacement. Additionally, Ford decided to raise the height of their 2015 Transit van, making a vehicle to compete with the Sprinter van offering from Mercedes and Chrysler. Rely-On Technologies is always researching the direction the industry is moving; when Caruso Ford called us in to look at the project, the Garmat Hi-Roof down draft booth was suggested to accommodate their future growth. Seeing as how the booth would replace an existing downdraft paint booth, the original concrete pit could be spared and reused, which would make the entire project fit within the budgetary concerns of the dealership. The standard Garmat 3000 Hi-Roof downdraft paint booth comes with all the latest Garmat technologies, capacitive touch screen, SC AQMD Pre-Approved LoNox Burner, Integrated Accele-Cure Waterborne Drying Technology, and balance adjusted drive through doors. Not only would this booth replace the booth lost in the fire, but it would also add another revenue source in an existing shop.

As these Sprinter vans become affordable, businesses further develop their product fleet. Colors change, repairs will be made, and the industry will continue to move forward as technology grows. That is the evolution of the collision repair business, and Rely-On Technologies continues to be there to evolve along side of it—no matter what budget, demand, or emergency arises.

Engineering and Installing Spray Booths From Start to Finish

Spanning over three generations, Rely-On Technologies proudly maintains its tradition of operating as family business. Our clientele list is the product of thirty-five years of providing top rate service while maintaining the highest level of quality for spray booth installation. This past year, Rely-On embarked on a mission to expand into other territories that touch our core business. Today, we are proud to say that Rely-On continues to provide full contracting services to meet your growing business.

Our work as a general contractor allowed us to pull our own permits with various city agencies. But as building codes changed in past year, the building department now maintains a list of changes that involve more general construction to meet current American Disabilities Act (ADA) codes. Essentially, this means additional engineering, change orders, et cetera, and all this happens before the spray booth is installed. This, of course, adds additional expense to the overall paint booth project, and in many of those cases, dealing with an outside contractor adds a great deal of time to the project. It made sense for Rely-On to perform the contracting tasks required by the building and safety. Rely-On was already at the city with an open permit, correct contractor licenses, site plans, et cetera, and had the information of the inspectors that made these requirements. It made sense to perform the general construction that would bring a site to current building and ADA code.

Keeping the contracting work in-house allows us to maintain premier quality we have come to be known for in the industry. With many concrete ramp, handicap accessible bathroom, and parking re-grading projects under our belt, it was only a matter of time until we added office demolition and remodel to our list of capabilities.

For instance, Marina Auto Body in Inglewood, California, was the first project where Rely-On completed an entire build out from start to finish, offices to shop floor. One of the earliest challenges we faced was whether or not we could get a conditional use permit to even put a body shop in the neighborhood. After meeting with local city officials and the small business bureau, we found ourselves confident that we would be able to proceed forward with the project. We knew going into this that there was going to be hurdles that we had to overcome, but sometimes the only way to do something is just to jump in and do it. Jump we did!

The project began with a complex electrical upgrade that included a new electrical room, meter upgrade, step down transformers, et cetera, for the projected voltage this shop was going to use. This involved inspection after inspection, working without power on a rented generator, to meet the satisfaction of SCE. While we waited for them to turn the power on, we had the floors in the shop getting cut and excavated for the spray booth pit installation. We also held a 40’ long concrete drive way ramp being installed, offices being remodeled, heavy equipment being delivered, stripes being painted, as well as numerous other responsibilities we ensured to complete with the utmost standards. When everything was all said and done, we handed the keys over to the owner of Marina, on time and turnkey.

We are excited about what the future of Rely-On Technologies holds for us. This project allowed us to take on these larger, more complex builds, so we can truly become a “one stop shop” contractor and spray booth installer. Already we have several more build outs on the schedule, many more in the bidding phase, and look forward to continue with the tradition of quality work and quality installation for another thirty-five years.