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Mon, 6 Aug 2012
Sherwin-Williams Adds PMCLogic Paint Cost Calculator to Mixing System
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Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes announced that paint and materials calculator, PMCLogic now works directly with its internet-based mixing system, Formula Express. The software program is supplied by Macon, Ga.-based ComputerLogic, which has a 32-year history of automotive industry software support.
PMCLogic enables repairers to properly track and invoice all paint and materials used during the repair process. The program calculates the estimated costs of coatings and sundries consumed while replacing, repairing and/or refinishing each specific panel and/or structural section of the vehicle. This is based on the most current industry pricing from hundreds of paint and material suppliers.
To reach these accurate estimates, details on items generally used for each affected panel have been benchmarked by ComputerLogic's group of collision industry experts and are continually updated as materials and processes change. In addition, paint pricing is color specific; which increases pricing accuracy.
"There are pretty much only two ways in the collision repair business to increase profits; either reduce costs or increase sales," says Troy Neuerburg, Manager of Marketing Business Services at Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes. "A paint material calculator like the PMCLogic program is the perfect way for both repairers and insurers to quickly come to an agreement on fair and reasonable reimbursement for paint and materials on almost any specific vehicle repair."
"In the past, body shops have been held responsible for the price difference between an estimate and the final cost," says Eric Meyer, owner of Lynbrook Collision Center in Waite Park, Minn., which has been the beta site for PMCLogic software. Lynbrook Collision is a member of the Key Choice group of collision repair shops in the Midwest. "Now, when Key Choice employees mix any product for a repair, an electronic scale tracks the actual use of each product and the PMCLogic software creates an automatic invoice. This customized invoice is then given to the insurance adjuster as proof of audited materials. The adjuster can then provide payment to body shops in line to actual costs, instead of inaccurate estimations.