AkzoNobel Leverages Carbeat for Digital Transformation

AkzoNobel Leverages Carbeat for Digital Transformation

Carbeat enables shop owners to track every vehicle movement, providing real-time transparency of the shop's operations.

AkzoNobel announced its automotive refinishing customers are experiencing a digital transformation using Carbeat, a data-driven digital project management process it says simplies the shopfloor workflow, while tracking critical data using a seamless blend of technology and services.

“Carbeat is directly contributing to our upward trajectory in optimizing the key-to-key cycle time,” explains Brian Nichols, an owner of Cascade Collision Repair, with seven locations in Utah. “It’s taken the chaos out of automotive repairs, from the technician’s time with a vehicle, to real-time parts updates that can be visualized by the shop team. Initially, I was skeptical of Carbeat’s capabilities and I’m so glad AkzoNobel has proven me wrong. All of our shops have embraced the transformation these digital tools provide us on a daily basis.”

Historically, collision repair shops used manual processes such as yellow sticky notes, file folders, magnetic boards and chalkboards to monitor a vehicle’s repair process. Carbeat transformed this manual paper-shuffling process with a powerful and intuitive digital production workflow dashboard that collects all datapoints while a vehicle cycles through the repair shop, according to AkzoNobel.

AkzoNobel adds its customers are experiencing a 10 to 15 percent reduction in vehicle cycle time by applying the Carbeat visual communication and data management processes which, depending on a shop’s volume of vehicle repairs, may result in reducing the total time required to repair a vehicle by one to three days.    

“Carbeat enables shop owners to track every vehicle movement and provides real-time transparency of the shop’s operations,” said John Griffin, north america regional director, and commercial director of automotive and specialty coatings for AkzoNobel. “The digital tools provide body shop owners the ability to easily manage their business operations, streamline workflows, and make data-driven decisions.”

For more information, visit www.carbeat.com.

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