PPG Refinish UK & Ireland has installed the first MoonWalk in Ireland at the new ARM International Automotive Academy in Athlone.
The academy, a world-class training facility aims to attract and train new entrants to the vehicle repair industry, certify operators of essential repair equipment and aid continued professional development of existing technicians with the latest technology required for the rapidly evolving vehicles on our roads today.
Robin Sutton, Managing Director of ARM Assist says: “We chose PPG to be our paint partner in the academy for a number of reasons. PPG has a long-standing history of working with large, medium and small sized body shops in Ireland. We want our suppliers to have knowledge of the Irish repair market but also proven products aligned
with the very latest of technology. With MoonWalk and especially with PPG we have achieved that.”
MoonWalk is the very latest in semi-automated waterborne paint mixing technology. Yes, the new technology from PPG offers savings in paint usage, which is always welcome. However, MoonWalk offers two greater benefits that we can also put a value on, improved colour accuracy and deskilling the mixing process freeing up painters to paint. Robin continued: “Efficiency is central to a bodyshop’s success and we see MoonWalk as a vital tool in helping bodyshop productivity and more importantly their profitability.”
MoonWalk’s improved colour accuracy is due in part to its highly accurate scale, which improves the weighing of tinters down to one hundredth of a gram, ten times more accurate than standard manual mixes. This also enables repairers to mix the exact amount of material needed for each individual job, further increasing material saving.
Additional rewards come from MoonWalk’s inverted tinter technology. The unique gravity and suction design reduces paint wastage, removing premature tinter replacement, a vast improvement on losing material that proved difficult to pour at the end of a tinters life cycle.
MoonWalk’s fully integrated PAINTMANAGER® XI software offers live online colour retrieval, as well as automated electronic product ordering. The automating and deskilling of these processes results in multiple hour savings of skilled labour time that can be redirected to support productive activities.
MoonWalk is the perfect accompaniment to bodyshops looking to move into the future of the refinish industry and PPG says it is delighted to collaborate with the ARM Academy to support its vision.
For more information on MoonWalk, visit moonwalkrefinish.com