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5S Workplace Organization Method

May 29, 2020

WHAT IS IT? 5S was developed in Japan and was identified as one of the techniques that enabled Just in Time manufacturing. Basically, 5S describes how to organize and lay out a space for maximum efficiency and effectiveness by identifying, sorting and storing the items used, and maintaining the area and items to help sustain

Production Bottleneck

May 29, 2020

A Process Bottleneck is when a flow gets impaired or even stop completely. It happens because of a lack of capacity (out-of-date equipment, scarce resources, people) to handle all tasks in the information/production flow. Bottlenecks usually result in a stall in production, an increase in resource idle time and/or pressure from customers. Most times, it’s

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Hunter Engineering is now shipping Quick Tread Edge™ with release of WinAlign® 16.1

September 5, 2019

Hunter’s unmanned inspection system captures alignment and tire tread results without the need for labor. Hunter Engineering’s next-generation drive-over tread depth measuring tool, Quick Tread EdgeTM is now available for order. With Quick Tread Edge™, service providers can maximize tire sales and provide customers with informative, in-depth inspection results. Learn more about Quick Tread Edge™ Paired

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Associations Endorse OEM Procedures as Standard of Repair!

September 5, 2019

The way collision repairs are completed has changed and is continuing to evolve. As a quality-focused repair shop, every repair should start with proper research of the OEM repair procedures. Vehicles are more complex. Using proper OEM procedures is crucial to building and sustaining a quality repair center. When you repair vehicles to factory standards,

Why You Should Attend the WMABA Workshop: “Diagnosing Damage of Steering and Suspension,” a Technical Presentation

August 21, 2019

The WMABA(Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association) is offering a “Diagnosing Damage of Steering and Suspension“workshop, co-hosted by the Chesapeake Automotive Business Association in September, a Technical Presentation by John Shewbridge, Hunter Engineering.   If you own or work at a collision shop it’s more than likely you offer suspension and alignment repair. When a collision

New Technology means New Training Courses, are you ready?

August 15, 2019

Chesapeake Automotive Equipment’s sales team works closely with our customers to determine just the right products and support services to help them efficiently perform their daily activities. Our commitment to our customers continues after the sale with a strong program of training and technical support that ensures they are using equipment to its greatest potential.

Is purchasing alignment equipment right for you?

August 15, 2019

Chesapeake Automotive Equipment offers some food for thought on keeping the alignments inhouse rather than subletting them. Owning and operating the alignment equipment is easier and less complicated with all the high tech equipment that does the work for you. Check out how owning your own Hunter Engineering Equipment can benefit your shop. Many collision

Need a new Pro Spot MIG Welder?

July 30, 2019

At Chesapeake Automotive Equipment we offer some great Pro Spot Welders for our customers to use in their shops for top-of- the-line repairs. In this article, we are referencing the Pro Spot SP-5 DP and SP-5.3 MIG Welders and some great tech tips on stitch welding. In the collision repair industry, we sometimes need to use

Pro Spot Evolution of Technology

July 30, 2019

Since 1986, Pro Spot International has specialized in quality welding and repair products for the collision repair industry. Pro Spot is a proud ‘MADE IN THE USA’ manufacturer in Carlsbad, CA. The turnkey facility includes Design, Engineering, Machine and Sheet Metal Shops, Powder Coating, Assembly, Training and Customer Support. As industry leaders, Pro Spot owns

I am not a collision shop; do I need to worry about Advanced Driver Assistance Systems?

July 30, 2019

ADAS, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems in today’s motor vehicles are already helping to save lives and prevent injuries. A number of today’s new motor vehicles have technology that helps drivers avoid drifting into adjacent lanes or making unsafe lane changes, or that warns drivers of other vehicles behind them when they are backing up, or

Does your workbench system pull its weight around your body shop?

July 26, 2019

Shure Manufacturing workbench systems have been providing workbench and tool storage requirements for any shop environment for over 75 years. Whether you are in the market for a teardown bench, pre-configured workstation or custom solutions to outfit your state-of-the-art facility, turn to Chesapeake Automotive Equipment for all of your workbench system needs. We are a

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Attend National Meetings to Gain New Market Perspective

June 19, 2019

Attending national automotive industry meetings and conferences can bring a wealth of knowledge, all under one roof, regarding the industry. Benefits of Attending National Shows Meet with industry leaders to gain a better understanding of the ever-evolving trends in the automotive industry Discuss issues and concerns regarding parts definitions Have immediate access to a global

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Let’s Talk Shop Supplies

June 19, 2019

How are you charging for shop supplies? Flat rate? Let me guess… you are NOT charging for shop supplies? Knowing the answers and how to properly charge is essential to being a profitable business. Mike Anderson’s Collision Advice in conjunction with CRASH Network, has four surveys each year. More than 700 shops across the country responded

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Hunter Quick Check Drive Alignment System

June 19, 2019

If you have not been introduced to the Hunter Quick Check DriveTMAlignment System, you are missing a spectacular, productive, speed machine! Hunter’s Quick Check DriveTM is your one-stop vehicle inspection system. These fast, easy-to-use inspection systems can complete a full, comprehensive vehicle inspection in under two minutes. The Quick Check DriveTMsystem gathers valuable information about a

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Are Brand Names Really Important?

May 28, 2019

The right equipment is essential to an auto shop. It takes a good working knowledge of shop equipment to make all the right decisions and you also need to learn how to use and maintain different equipment correctly. Brands play an important role in determining quality. Avoid purchasing unknown or generic products on the market.

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What exactly are compressed air systems and what is their utility in the automotive industry?

May 28, 2019

Compressed air is an essential utility in the automotive industry. It’s required in all stages of body repairs, including vehicle assembly, disassembly, painting, and cleaning. An automotive repair business can’t function without it. Air compressors are a valuable asset in local auto body repair shops. They’re effective in increasing productivity and safety. Before compressed air

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Is Your Shop Ready?

May 28, 2019

When it comes to providing your customers with exceptional quality repair service and friendly service, is your shop ready? Chesapeake Automotive Equipment is in the business of providing your shop with the latest technology, tools, and training to ensure your shop is performing optimally. A successful shop ensures that their customers have a quality experience

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Schools Out For Summer!

May 28, 2019

Before the Civil War, farm children never had summers off. They went to school during the hottest months and coldest months, allowing them time to stay home during the spring and fall to work planting crops and harvesting. School attendance wasn’t mandatory back then, air conditioning was decades away, and more often than not, classrooms

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Six Essential Considerations Regarding Wheel Alignment Equipment

May 6, 2019

Alignments are considered a low-risk, high-profit source of income and are necessary for collision repairs. The secret to doing more of them starts with the right equipment to get the job done effectively and efficiently! Chesapeake Automotive Equipment is a proud distributor of Hunter Engineering alignment systems. Choosing a wheel alignment machine for your shop

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May Events Near You

May 1, 2019

Check out what’s happening in your neck of the woods during the month of May. There is fun to be had by the entire family. CALEDON STATE PARK VINTAGE CAR PICNIC May 4 Caledon State Park 11617 Caledon Rd. King George, VA 22485 Show off your vintage car, truck, or bike while enjoying the lively

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Challenger Lifts

April 30, 2019

In the market for a new lift for the shop or garage? Chesapeake Automotive Equipment offers a full line of Challenger Lifts to choose from. With so many lift types and models to choose from, it’s hard to determine where to start. The space. Before you start the hunt for a lift, you need to

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Sales Representative – Northern Virginia Automotive Equipment Sales

March 26, 2019

Chesapeake Auto Equipment is currently seeking a highly motivated sales representative for our Northern Virginia market. You will be representing a local company that distributes automotive, collision and heavy-duty service equipment from global industry leaders. Your primary focus will be selling premium, world recognized brand automotive service and collision repair equipment to independent repair facilities,

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Alignment Systems, Wheel Balancers, Tire Changers, Brake Lathes, Inspection Systems

March 26, 2019

Spring is here and it’s that time of year we are deep cleaning and take a good review at our business and how we can enhance its services. Every shop is different with varied needs. Whether you’re a small or large shop it is important to know what equipment will save you time and money,


April Events Near You

March 26, 2019

Check out what’s happening in your neck of the woods during the month of April! 2019 WASHINGTON AUTO SHOW April 5 – 14 Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, DC At The 2019 Washington Auto Show, there were hundreds of vehicles on display from over 35 manufacturers. See the production,

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Virginia Automotive Association – VAA 2019 Convention & Trade Expo

March 26, 2019

Head on out to the Virginia Automotive Association Convention & Trade Expo, April 12-14, where you are sure to have the opportunity to connect with Virginia’s automotive professionals. Fellow shop owners from across the state, along with VAA supplier vendors all come together under one roof for a weekend of fantastic relationship building. Be sure

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March Events Near You

March 1, 2019

Check out what’s happening in your neck of the woods during the month of March! 46th Annual Collector Car Swap Meet When: March 09, 2019 7:00 am – 3:00 pm Where: 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD, 21794 Large, popular Baltimore area collector car swap meet and car corral. Held rain or shine 7am-3pm. Free admission and


The Virginia Automotive Association Convention & Trade Expo in Norfolk, VA. April 12-14, 2019

March 1, 2019

Chesapeake Auto Equipment is proud to announce they will be attending the Virginia Automotive Association Convention & Trade Expo in Norfolk, VA, April 12-14, 2019. The trade show allows us the opportunity to connect with fellow shop owners from across the state, as well as build our relationships with like-minded individuals by sharing our automotive

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Attend the NORTHEAST 2019 Trade Show

March 1, 2019

Join Chesapeake Automotive Equipment as we attend the NORTHEAST event, March 15-17. NORTHEAST is an event tailored specifically to fit the needs of today’s professionals representing all walks of the automotive repair industry! NORTHEAST, the 42nd annual Automotive Services Show scheduled for March 15-17, 2019 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center located in Secaucus, N.J., functions

Quick Tread Edge


March 1, 2019

Driven by Hunter’s award-winning WinAlign® software, Quick Tread Edge™ – Hunter’s drive over tread depth unit with tire edge wear detection – automatically measures the tread depth of each tire from edge to edge in seconds. Hunter Engineering presented its next-generation drive over tire tread depth measuring tool, Quick Tread Edge, at the 2019 NADA Show in

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How to Choose the Right Paint Equipment for Your Body Shop

March 1, 2019

Chesapeake Automotive Equipment offers a variety of equipment to assist with your automotive paint needs, but how do you know what equipment is right for your shop? Different types of equipment have varying impacts on the number of booth cycles an auto body repair shop is capable of performing. These variances will directly affect your

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February Events Near You

January 28, 2019

February is no stranger to great events throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Maryland. Check out what’s happening in your neck of the woods. MotorTrend International AutoShow Baltimore Feb 7-10 Baltimore Convention Center The Motor Trend International Auto Show – Baltimore is presented by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows,

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Paint Booth Maintenance Tips

January 28, 2019

Do you have a new high-quality paint booth, but still find dust and dirt in your paint applications? Paint Booth maintenance may be your solution. There may be something wrong with your automotive paint booth, however often times simple maintenance may resolve any or all issues. Most often, the reason for a contaminated paint job


Global Automotive Industry to Progress into 2020

January 28, 2019

For the last century, the car culture has spread over the entire globe. As a result of a means of transportation and the job opportunities the automotive industry that has created todays car has shaped not only the global economy, but how billions of individuals live. Overall, the global automotive industry is in better shape

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8 Automotive Repair Shop Needs For Success

January 28, 2019

The goal of many skilled auto repair industry individuals is to open their own auto repair shop at some point in their career. The key to a profitable, efficient shop requires much more than skills and determination. The type of equipment used for automotive repairs will play a key role. There are a number of

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Events Near You

December 27, 2018

Darwin Doll’s York US30 Heritage Days and Drag Racing Show Jan12 – 13 Welcome to the York US30 Heritage Days & Drag Racing Show, January 12 & 13, 2019. Located at Lebanon Valley Expo Center. The Show is being produced by the Hostetter Family and their team, it is also part of the Motorama Productions

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Important Welding Safety Tips

December 27, 2018

You have made the first step in purchasing the right welding equipment for your automotive repair needs. So how do you keep yourself and your staff safe while operating your automotive welding equipment? Best welding safety practices and equipment are universally applicable. Welding exposes everyone to similar hazards, whether you’re responsible for safety at a

Northeast Tradeshow

Calling All Automotive Repair Industry Professionals

December 27, 2018

Join Chesapeake Automotive Equipment as we attend the NORTHEAST event in March 2019. NORTHEAST is an event tailored specifically to fit the needs of today’s professionals representing all walks of the automotive repair industry! NORTHEAST, the 42nd annual Automotive Services Show scheduled for March 15-17, 2019 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center located in Secaucus, N.J.,

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The 2018 SEMA Show leaves its mark on the automotive industry!

November 26, 2018

The annual SEMA Show kicked off Oct. 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada this year. The new products showcase is the number one event destination for event goers – offering over 3,000 new and featured products. Attendees used scanners to create personalized lists of products with detailed descriptions and the contact information needed for follow-up. Here

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Hunter Engineering’s AutoComp Elite® Is A Cut Above The Rest

November 26, 2018

If it’s a smoother surface finish you’re after, then the AutoComp Elite® On-Car Brake Lathe system is for you. The system stops chatter before it starts thanks to its revolutionary Anti-Chatter Technology. Through oscillating speed, the brake lathe all but eliminates the buildup of vibration, or chatter, that can happen when machining rotors at a

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Meet The Team: Service Technician Eli Bissell

November 26, 2018

Eli Bissell began his career with Chesapeake Automotive Equipment in 2015. If you’re getting new equipment or need something serviced, Eli is your guy. He says knowing that he can help people and applying that in his work with Chesapeake’s customers are among the highlights of his job. A Washington Redskins fan, he also loves

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Meet The Team: Owner Pat O’Neill

November 26, 2018

Chesapeake Automotive Equipment Owner Pat O’Neill started in the auto industry at the age of 16. He went on to work for sales equipment companies. In 2001, he branched out on his own, founding the company that provides top-of-the-line general shop and automotive equipment to commercial automotive-related businesses ranging from mom and pop auto collision

Pro Spot Rivet Removal

PR-5 Rivet Removal

November 13, 2018

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Install Solid Rivets

November 13, 2018

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Talking About Compressors Isn’t Just A Bunch Of Hot Air

October 29, 2018

When you’re talking about adding a compressor to your shop, that’s not just a bunch of hot air. A good air compressor is an essential piece of equipment for any automotive repair or collision repair shop. The real question comes down to which one because there’s no one-size fits all solution. As you research and

Challenger Lifts

The Top 5 Things You Should Know Before Buying An Automobile Lift

October 29, 2018

Sound Engineering Don’t settle for a generic automotive lift! Make sure your prospective lift was engineered by a team comprised of only the best. If someone took pride in designing your automotive lift, chances are you’ll take lots of pride in owning it. Lifting operation tends to be much smoother when experienced engineers crafted the

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Unmatched Accuracy with Every Alignment Inspection – Hunter Quick Check DriveTM

October 29, 2018

Maybe you haven’t heard, the engineers at Hunter Engineering Company® are at it again. In July of this year, Hunter Engineering Company® announced the launch of its latest vehicle service innovation, Quick Check Drive™. Quick Check DriveTM is an alignment inspection system that provides immediate alignment readings with ease and no room for human error.

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Serve Those Who Have Served Our Grateful Nation This Veterans Day

October 29, 2018

Sunday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. It is an official holiday to honor the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military. Originally established in 1921 as Armistice Day, the holiday commemorated the day and time that World War I fighting ceased. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed the name of the holiday

SMART Technologies May Be Just What Your Shop Needs

October 2, 2018

It seems like technology is advancing faster than most can keep up with today. We all know there are early adopters who rush right out to buy the newest version of the iPhone and those who wait to see if the newest version has any bugs that need to get worked out before they jump

October Events near Owings, Maryland

September 18, 2018

Build your skills or take in some fun car-related events this October. Chesapeake Collision Equipment invites you to check out these upcoming events in the area.

Important Safety Tips for Operating a Lift

September 18, 2018

A well-designed automated lift makes it much easier to work on a truck or car, rather than trying to work on the vehicle while it’s on the ground. However, you have to be careful when operating an auto lift.

Spray Booth Safety

September 18, 2018

Since 1970, the Clean Air Act has helped Americans breathe easier and live healthier lives. The Environmental Protection Agency has also made the reduction of Hazardous Air Pollutants a top priority over the last few decades.

The History of Car Lifts

September 18, 2018

When thinking about auto mechanics, many people outside of the industry picture a man lying on his back rolling out from under a vehicle. However, with advancements in automotive equipment, that’s not really the case anymore.

Protect Your Spray Booth From A Fire Accident

September 18, 2018

Once your booth has been properly installed and is ready for operation, it is important to get in the habit of performing daily maintenance to your booth in order to protect against serious accidents.

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