Gizmos and Gadgets
A Closer Look at Auto Glass Software
by Kaitlan Mitchell
Over the years, the heightened utilization of software in the AGRR
industry has sparked new opportunities to interact with customers, develop
quicker reports for accounting and assist in more accurate windshield
placement. The increasing speed of technology development is trickling
into every facet of our lives and those who leverage the new industry
software are evolving to keep up to pace with an ever-changing world.
Synching Cellulars and Sunroofs
Webasto Product North America
Webasto Product North America of Fenton, Mich., has released its mobile
Sunroof Compatibility Guide. The company has developed the app for the
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, available as a free download through the
iTunes App Store. Search within the store for “Webasto Sunroof Compatibility
Guide” to download.
The mobile app will allow users to select the year, make and model of
a vehicle and determine which Webasto sunroofs are compatible for that
Innovative Product Finder
The new product finder from Sika Corp. of Madison Heights, Mich., is now
available in the Apple Store. The app has been designed for both iPhones
and iPads. To download, access the iTunes/App store on a mobile device
and search for the “Sika Product Finder.” The application is compatible
with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod
touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Further information,
like Product or Material Safety Data Sheets, can be accessed as well.
Glasstech® Glasstech of Perrysburg, Ohio, has presented the AutoGlassInspector
software system designed to quantify transmitted optical distortion in
automotive glass. Glasstech’s AutoGlassInspector system consists of a
Windows-based, computer controlled, digital image acquisition system utilizing
advanced computer programming to optically analyze automotive transmitted
The AutoGlassInspector system measures transmitted distortion in a single
digital image. All components remain stationary in order to eliminate
any outside interference of the image. Once the glass is placed in the
stand, which is set at installation angle, the image is recorded and the
computer begins to analyze the data. The glass can be removed from the
stand once the image is recorded and before the analysis is completed.
Accountability When It Counts
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., eDirectGlass is a technology tool
for billing and claims data that also offers an email schedule appointment
reminder service that automatically sends schedule appointment reminders
to the customers’ email addresses.
Another service the company provides is the eDG-Staff feature which allows
glass shops the ability to send their work orders to eDirectGlass for
invoicing. Another add-on glass shops can opt for is the Technician Only
Mobile Edition (TOME), a mobile version of eDirectGlass that allows technicians
to access their daily work orders with the ability to take payment, receive
customer approval/signature and mark them completed. Other features of
TOME include a time card system, driving directions, data collection and
customer satisfaction surveys.
GTS of Portland, Ore., has partnered with financial programs such as Oracle,
Simply Accounting, Adagio and MAS to create GlasPacLX, an industry-specific
accounting service. A feature of the software includes GTS DataMAX, a
feature that is a non-technical export tool within GlasPacLX used for
general accounting interfaces. In addition the GTS DataBridge provides
customers with developer level access to GlasPacLX to create a more integrated
connection with their financial or other third party applications.
Achieving a Good Mark
Insta Etch – VIN Etching Systems
Gilbert, Ariz.-based Insta Etch systems are mobile, wireless, and handheld
digital devices that allow users to type and print the required glass
etch stencils. The Insta Etch systems use thermal print technology and
a patented process to permanently etch the glass. Both Insta Etch printers
have an integrated keyboard for easy manual entry of a vehicle identification
number (VIN). The etch1650prokit is a basic, economical VIN etch system
option. The 2000 series can print and handle the same VIN or logo/image
printing as the 1650 kit and adds the large quantities of stencils, and
Kaitlan Mitchell is the editor of AGRR™ magazine.
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