An effective body shop layout can maximize productivity and ROI.
Whether you operate a small body shop or large collision repair facility, this guide will help you determine an ideal layout for your automotive shop.
The equipment you select, as well as where you position it, has the potential to impact the number of spray booth cycles your shop can perform, which affects your shop’s bottom line. To increase throughput without additional labor, auto body shops need to select the right equipment, streamline their layout and leave room to grow down the road.
The decisions your shop makes today with regard to equipment selection and shop layout positions you for growth and increased profit margins. If your shop can process only one more vehicle per week, its equipment investment can usually be recouped in less than a year. Discover the value in investing in better equipment, prioritizing the layout of your body shop and positioning your shop for the future.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- Why good planning and modern equipment are key to maximizing efficiency for collision repair shops tight on space
- Where equipment and production areas are best positioned, so that vehicles can flow through a shop without causing a bottleneck
- How a quick repair lane system can be used for small repairs on one to four panels
- How a side-load system enables vehicles to be fully masked before being loaded into paint areas, eliminating downtime traditionally spent masking cars inside the paint booth
- Why a paint mix room that is centrally located between the paint booth and the quick repair lane prep — with doors opened to either side — minimizes steps from one to the other
Crucial Answers Your Auto Repair Shop Needs
Collision repair shops can increase throughput with no additional labor by selecting the right equipment and streamlining the floor plan of their auto body shop. If your shop does not have room to expand but needs to get more vehicles through, modifying your shop’s layout or upgrading your equipment is an excellent solution.
With an optimized layout, a body shop has the equipment and capabilities to perform small, light repairs, as well as big, heavy repairs. No matter which stall or area a vehicle is placed, it is never blocking another vehicle or stopping workflow. Any vehicle can be accessed or moved at any time.
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