PPG Expands PaintManager™ Compatibility for Collision Center Paint Operation Management and Efficiency
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – January 24, 2011 – PPG Industries has given its PaintManager™ software and Paint Shop Interface Program, also known as Repair Order Costing (ROCO), greater capability by integrating with even more body shop management systems (BSMS). Most collision centers will now be able to integrate the BSMS they already have in place with PPG’s PaintManager software to enhance shop efficiency, productivity, and profitability. Only PPG offers this broad compatibility and integration potential.
When PPG looked at how to help collision shops track paint costs more easily, it decided to build an open interface that would work with any BSMS. This approach allows shops to use the management system they prefer, while still getting the advantages of integrating repair order data from the system into PPG PaintManager and actual mix costs from PaintManager to the management system.
PaintManager is PPG’s software application that manages the color formulation and mixing operation in the collision center. It also monitors and manages the costs and productivity of the paint operation and provides instant access to the information required to make informed decisions on job costs, material usage, mixing efficiency, inventory, and much more.
ROCO is PPG’s exclusive software interface that integrates a repair order (RO) from a shop’s individual system with PaintManager to streamline processes and improve workflow. Using ROCO eliminates the need for shop personnel to repeatedly key in repair information. The program reads a shop’s repair order and pulls it directly into PaintManager for immediate and future reference. The shop can track all paint and materials used on an RO to make the paint technician’s job as easy as possible. The reports ROCO generates provide a more complete picture of a shop’s overall performance.
PPG’s integrated solution works seamlessly with most body shop management systems. The system has the ability to track and store critical information for both management and functional purposes, making it an ideal way for a collision center to monitor costs and productivity.
PaintManager and ROCO currently support a large number of BSMSs including A.B.W. Tracker™, Auto Claims Solutions Repair Tracker Interactive (RTI)™, CCT’s CC3, Mitchell® ABS™ Enterprise, New Era iAutoFocus™, Rome Technologies CompleteShop™, Summit™ Shop Management System, and many others with more being added on a regular basis.
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.