PPG expands PAINTMANAGER software compatibility for collision centers

Software helps to improve paint operation management, efficiency

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Jan. 24, 2011 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) automotive refinish business has given PAINTMANAGER(TM) software and the Paint Shop Interface Program, also known as Repair Order Costing (ROCO), greater capability by enabling them to integrate with more body shop management systems (BSMSs). Most collision centers can now integrate their existing BSMSs with PaintManager software to enhance shop efficiency, productivity and profitability. Only PPG offers this broad compatibility and integration potential.

PaintManager software is a PPG 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 use, 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 software to streamline processes and improve workflow. Using ROCO eliminates the need for shop personnel to repeatedly enter repair information. The program reads a shop’s repair order and pulls it directly into the PaintManager program 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 picture of a shop’s overall performance.

To help collision shops more easily track paint costs while using the management systems they prefer, PPG built an open interface that would work with any BSMS. In this way, PPG enabled shops to integrate repair order data from the BSMS into PaintManager software and actual mix costs from PaintManager software into the management system.

PPG’s integrated solution works seamlessly with most BSMSs. The system can track and store critical information for both management and functional purposes, making it a helpful cost- and productivity-monitoring tool for collision centers.

PaintManager software and ROCO currently support BSMSs such as A.B.W. Tracker(TM), Auto Claims Solutions Repair Tracker Interactive (RTI)(TM), CCT’s CC3, Mitchell(R) ABS(TM) Enterprise, New Era iAutoFocus(TM), Rome Technologies CompleteShop(TM) and Summit(TM) Shop Management System, with more being added regularly.

For more information about PaintManager software and ROCO, call 800-647-6050 or visit the PPG Automotive Refinish website at www.ppgrefinish.com.

About PPG
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.

PaintManager is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
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Cindy Piazza
PPG Automotive Refinish