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What is Air Quality District Management Rule 1147?

In an effort to combat climate change, the South Coast Air Quality Management District enacted a series of rules and regulations to offset emissions for potentially dangerous pollutants. Rule 1147 addresses the role of nitrogen oxide. NOx is formed when fuel is burned at high temperatures. While a principal cause of nitrogen oxide is motor vehicle emissions, it can also be caused by stationary sources, like industrial boilers or electric utilities. In 2008, the South Coast Air Quality Management District approved a measure that sets limits on the amount of nitrogen oxide that an appliance like an industrial burner can emit. While the levels vary depending on the piece of equipment, the current level for an industrial burner is 30 ppm.
What Are the Benefits of Air Quality Control?
Nitrogen oxide is a highly reactive gas that can have serious effects on the environment. It is most well-known for its role in creating an atmospheric reaction that leads to ground-level ozone, or smog. Regulation of NOx emissions can help curtail serious environmental ramifications, like:

  • Acid rain
  • Lowered resistance to respiratory infections, like the flu
  • Acute respiratory illness in children
  • As you can see, Rule 1147 plays an important role in keeping our environment clean and our families healthy.

How is RelyOn Leading the Charge?

RelyOn is committed to honoring the state of California’s high standards when it comes to nitrous oxide emissions. Our LoNox Burner not only meets the SCAQMD’s stringent emissions standards, but offers several other benefits, as well.

When you purchase a burner system, you may be tempted to find a budget burner. However, these never turn out to be the great deal that they seem.  They often out sooner, require more maintenance, and will likely need more repairs to keep in line with the Rule 1147 standard.

If you make modifications to your previous equipment, it usually takes a year of approval and testing before it can be certified as meeting Rule 1147 standards. With a RelyOn’s LoNox burner, you have the convenience of pre-approval. What’s more, we will handle the Rule 1147 application for you.

Here are some of the features of our LoNox Burner:

  • Digital interface with touch screen
  • Full bake cycle
  • Compatibility with all spray booth designs: down draft, semi-down draft, cross draft
  • VFD Variable Frequency Drives
  • 1MBTU

We stand apart from the competition by offering the highest quality equipment with outstanding customer service. We have over 30 years of experience in selling and installing equipment, so we can tailor your installation to meet your unique needs.

We’ve had clients from Mercedes-Benz to family dealerships. In one instance, we had a client who requested routine maintenance, but had to do a complete burner overhaul because their previous budget units were charred on the inside. Thanks to RelyOn’s quick customer service and pre-approved equipment, the client was able to keep their grand opening on schedule.

At RelyOn, we believe that a superior product and the best customer service will always be the keys to doing good business. If you have any questions about our LoNox burner, or how we can help bring your equipment up to regulation quickly and efficiently, don’t hesitate to contact us.

2015 Sharp Shooter Contest

Win a Trip To SEMA 2015 From Garmat USA

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO July 9, 2015 –It’s back, GARMAT USA’s Sharp Shooter Contest! GARMAT USA has announced the return of the Garmat Sharp Shooter contest for shop owners and paint techs.  The contest which began in 2011 was designed to recognize quality paint techs and shop owners that use Garmat equipment. Grand Prize includes a trip for 2 to the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and a SATAjet 4000B Camouflage Limited Edition Paint Gun.

“The talent that we have seen from this contest just continues to amaze everyone within the Garmat organization,” says Johan Huwaert, Garmat USA’s general manager. “The shop owners appreciate the contest too, as it provides the added benefit of validating their commitment to quality by showcasing their choice of equipment and capabilities of their technicians.”

The Garmat Sharp Shooter Contest will run from July 9, 2015 –October 1, 2015. Entering the contest is as easy as uploading a video and/or emailing the application form.  Paint techs and their managers will have the opportunity to tell their Garmat Story in either video testimonial or written statements.  Judging is based on the shop owner and paint tech’s dedication to providing quality paint jobs, superior customer service, attention to safety and overall equipment knowledge.  Bonus questions include an inquiry on how Garmat can improve their Garmat experience with product improvements.

In addition to the Grand Prize of a free trip to the SEMA SHOW in Las Vegas, SATA will once again provide 2 SATA Camo Paint Guns to be presented to the top two entries.  Five finalists will each be awarded two Wi-Fi tablets, (one for the contestant and one for the owner/manager); and a 3M logo’d backpack.  The first 100 entrants will receive a custom Garmat Sharp Shooter Cap.  Contest rules and regulations can be found at www.garmat.com.  The application can be downloaded at: http://www.garmat.com/Sharpshooter.html.

Winners from the 2014 Sharp Shooter contest can be found on www.facebook.com/GarmatUSA.

Founded in 1988, Garmat USA is a manufacturer of technologically advanced paint spray booths and equipment. Garmat USA’s corporate offices and manufacturing facilities are located at 1401 W. Stanford Ave., Englewood, Co., USA. www.garmat.com – 303.781.6802.

Sata by DanAM is an official sponsor of the Sharp Shooter Contest, no recommendation or affiliation is implied.

3M is an official sponsor of the Sharp Shooter Contest, no recommendation or affiliation is implied

Meeting the Rule 1147 LoNox Burner Requirements While Increasing Revenues

Fletcher Jones in Newport Beach is California’s premier Mercedes Benz dealership. Their collision center is no different in terms of annual sales. When South Coast AQMD came to their shop, the owners knew they would have to upgrade their spray booth heaters to meet the Rule 1147 LoNox burner requirements. This would prove to be a challenge due to the volume of work going through that shop at any given time. Adding to the set of hurdles, with the expansion of the dealership to include the Sprinter Vans, they also needed to add a new Garmat 3000 Hi-Roof spray booth to handle the taller vehicles. FJ Mercedes Benz decided to contact Rely-On Technologies with these unique sets of challenges.

The first challenge was to fit a taller spray booth into what essentially is a parking structure with enough height to handle a van with a height measuring up to 108”. The second challenge was to retro-fit the existing two downdraft booths with brand new Garmat AQMD Pre-Approved burners without slowing down production. With proper pre-planning, Rely-On was up to the challenge to install the new booth with new burners—and keep the collision center at Fletcher Jones producing their high volume of output.

The Garmat 3000 Hi-Roof Sprinter Van booth is a ”modified” downdraft paint booth with a pit-less design. This unit comes with an AQMD Pre-Approved LoNox burner built into the ceiling of the booth and maximizes the valuable floor space Fletcher Jones required to maintain output. Features of this booth were Garmat’s TrueWhite light fixtures, drive through option, and integrated blower system for waterborne paints—a complete package in a smaller footprint. With the booth installed and fired-up, phase two of this project could begin.

With a fully functional spray booth, Rely-On Technologies dismantled the existing booths for the LoNox retrofit. The new Garmat 3000 Burner unit comes complete with the latest Garmat technologies, including a smaller footprint, capacitive touch screen technology and most importantly, is SC AQMD Rule 1147 Pre-Approved. By being pre-approved, there is no need for field testing or additional expense. The booths were retro fitted over two long weekends, and with the input from the head painter Paul, the booths were fired-up, balanced and brought up to “new booth” performance, extending the life of the booth for another twenty years minimum!

With a project of this scope, Rely-On Technologies completed another successful installation of a high performance shop, Fletcher Jones Mercedes, on time and as un-obtrusive to their monthly performance as possible. Having installed the latest Garmat technologies, ensuring that Fletcher Jones will continue as the collision leader for years to come.

Advantages of Raising Your Booth’s Height

C&L Auto Body, a premier family-owned and operated business located in the greater Los Angeles area, specializes in collision repair as well as auto restoration. Located in Covina, California, when the owners moved their business closer to home, they wanted a booth product that was budget friendly and gave them an edge over their competition. Rely-On Technologies gave them ideas to make this vision into a reality. After a few meetings and phone calls, the most creative solution would be to put in a semi-downdraft spray booth, tall enough to paint a 108” Sprinter-style work van.

C&L Auto Body loved the idea! Not only did this differentiate themselves in the eyes of the insurance companies, but also added a way to work with other collision repair facilities in the area who are incapable of painting these taller vehicles in their own paint facilities. It gave them a source of revenue and allowed C&L Auto Body to rapidly expand their client base.

Fletcher Jones Mercedes Benz in Newport Beach, California, was in the market to expand their already busy collision center with the addition of the Mercedes Benz Sprinter van collision repair to meet the high demand of what the dealership sold. A fully outfitted Sprinter van can be almost 10’ tall with the air conditioning unit and any additional rooftop equipment one might use to customize their rig. The standard spray booth is about 9’ tall, so another solution would need to be installed at the facility. The biggest problem with installing one of these specialized spray booths is restrictions pertaining to height. Fletcher Jones only had 12’ to work with, so rather than working with what was considered a “standard” unit, Rely-On Technologies worked backwards and installed a custom drive through Garmat 3000 Hi-Roof Modified Downdraft paint booth, equipped with an AQMD LoNox Pre-Approved 1MBTU burner integrated into the roof of the booth. The final product works seamlessly with their existing shop throughput. Sprinter vans preparing Mercedes Benz vehicles ready for prep and paint was the visual Rely-On Technologies saw from the initial meeting and the fully functional operation adds an additional revenue stream to a previously established shop.

2015 brought many changes in the automotive repair industry. Caruso Ford has long been a family owned and operated Ford dealership in Long Beach for many years. When their twenty (plus)-year spray booth suffered a catastrophic fire earlier this year, it proved beyond repair and required a full replacement. Additionally, Ford decided to raise the height of their 2015 Transit van, making a vehicle to compete with the Sprinter van offering from Mercedes and Chrysler. Rely-On Technologies is always researching the direction the industry is moving; when Caruso Ford called us in to look at the project, the Garmat Hi-Roof down draft booth was suggested to accommodate their future growth. Seeing as how the booth would replace an existing downdraft paint booth, the original concrete pit could be spared and reused, which would make the entire project fit within the budgetary concerns of the dealership. The standard Garmat 3000 Hi-Roof downdraft paint booth comes with all the latest Garmat technologies, capacitive touch screen, SC AQMD Pre-Approved LoNox Burner, Integrated Accele-Cure Waterborne Drying Technology, and balance adjusted drive through doors. Not only would this booth replace the booth lost in the fire, but it would also add another revenue source in an existing shop.

As these Sprinter vans become affordable, businesses further develop their product fleet. Colors change, repairs will be made, and the industry will continue to move forward as technology grows. That is the evolution of the collision repair business, and Rely-On Technologies continues to be there to evolve along side of it—no matter what budget, demand, or emergency arises.

Engineering and Installing Spray Booths From Start to Finish

Spanning over three generations, Rely-On Technologies proudly maintains its tradition of operating as family business. Our clientele list is the product of thirty-five years of providing top rate service while maintaining the highest level of quality for spray booth installation. This past year, Rely-On embarked on a mission to expand into other territories that touch our core business. Today, we are proud to say that Rely-On continues to provide full contracting services to meet your growing business.

Our work as a general contractor allowed us to pull our own permits with various city agencies. But as building codes changed in past year, the building department now maintains a list of changes that involve more general construction to meet current American Disabilities Act (ADA) codes. Essentially, this means additional engineering, change orders, et cetera, and all this happens before the spray booth is installed. This, of course, adds additional expense to the overall paint booth project, and in many of those cases, dealing with an outside contractor adds a great deal of time to the project. It made sense for Rely-On to perform the contracting tasks required by the building and safety. Rely-On was already at the city with an open permit, correct contractor licenses, site plans, et cetera, and had the information of the inspectors that made these requirements. It made sense to perform the general construction that would bring a site to current building and ADA code.

Keeping the contracting work in-house allows us to maintain premier quality we have come to be known for in the industry. With many concrete ramp, handicap accessible bathroom, and parking re-grading projects under our belt, it was only a matter of time until we added office demolition and remodel to our list of capabilities.

For instance, Marina Auto Body in Inglewood, California, was the first project where Rely-On completed an entire build out from start to finish, offices to shop floor. One of the earliest challenges we faced was whether or not we could get a conditional use permit to even put a body shop in the neighborhood. After meeting with local city officials and the small business bureau, we found ourselves confident that we would be able to proceed forward with the project. We knew going into this that there was going to be hurdles that we had to overcome, but sometimes the only way to do something is just to jump in and do it. Jump we did!

The project began with a complex electrical upgrade that included a new electrical room, meter upgrade, step down transformers, et cetera, for the projected voltage this shop was going to use. This involved inspection after inspection, working without power on a rented generator, to meet the satisfaction of SCE. While we waited for them to turn the power on, we had the floors in the shop getting cut and excavated for the spray booth pit installation. We also held a 40’ long concrete drive way ramp being installed, offices being remodeled, heavy equipment being delivered, stripes being painted, as well as numerous other responsibilities we ensured to complete with the utmost standards. When everything was all said and done, we handed the keys over to the owner of Marina, on time and turnkey.

We are excited about what the future of Rely-On Technologies holds for us. This project allowed us to take on these larger, more complex builds, so we can truly become a “one stop shop” contractor and spray booth installer. Already we have several more build outs on the schedule, many more in the bidding phase, and look forward to continue with the tradition of quality work and quality installation for another thirty-five years.

Now Garmat is Twice as Nice!

Introducing Garmat USA’s Dual Bay Frontier all the performance of a Frontier with twice the throughput.

  • Space Saving Design with Garmat’s patented integrated mechanical
  • Equipped with Garmat’s dual inlet reverse incline fan
  • Garmat’s innovative Touch Screen Controls with self diagnostics
  • Available with curtains or fully enclosed with Garmat’s heavy duty tri-fold doors

 

 

The Dual Bay Frontier comes standard with Garmat’s new touch screen controls. User friendly interface features switches and touch screen and self diagnostics Optional WiFi upgrade, allows you to operate and montior your paintbooth from a smartphone, tablet or PC.

 

 

The RIGHT TOOL for the JOB

SPRAY BOOTHS, CTOF’s, PREP AREAS, MOBILE SOLUTIONS & more…

For inquiries on purchase & installation, please call Al Ortiz III at 562.260.4006. For more information about our products please visit http://relyonusa.com/.

New Garmat AQMD Pre-Approved LoNox Burner for RelyOn Client Saves Years on Equipment

Repower Your Shop: The Rely On REPOWER Program takes existing spray booth equipment, and breathes new life into it by adding a Garmat AQMD Pre-Approved LoNox Burner in place of an old burner mechanical, and brings the performance of the spray booth to that of a new booth, without the heavy expense. All Garmat heaters come with the latest touchscreen technology, full bake cycle, VFD Variable Frequency Drives, and an AQMD Pre-Approved LoNox Burner. Having spent a year to get our burner pre-approved with the South Coast AQMD means you don’t have to spend the time & money to get a field test, for every burner “Repower” in your shop! Filing a standard AQMD Rule 1147 application is simple! And best part of the whole thing, is that Rely On Technologies will handle it all for you! Turn-key and Turned On! That’s the Rely On guarantee.

Our latest booth REPOWER was an interesting story, because our client wasn’t planning to do the burner upgrade. Rely On was tasked to do a full service maintenance of their two existing spray booths, per AQMD Rule 1147 guidelines, and found that their existing burners were completely charred and gutted from the inside, even though the booths were only 8 years old! The original owner had installed “budget equipment”, and now the heart of the spray booths needed to be replaced. So, with the opening of the shop less than a month away, Rely On went to work to quickly go through the AQMD permitting process, expedited with the help of installing “pre-approved” equipment, and meet the deadline for the Grand Opening. Our client is now REPOWERED, AQMD Rule 1147 compliant, and ready take in all the work from the family of dealerships!

Repower Your Spray Booth With An AQMD LoNox System!

Need an AQMD Compliant Heater? Need more power for your aging spray booth? Rely On Technologies presents the AQMD LoNox Repower System! A complete paint booth replacement might not be the only answer. Consider “REPOWERING” your paint booth with an AQMD PRE-APPROVED 1MBTU LoNox Garmat Mechanical! Take the guesswork out of whether or not you’re purchasing a burner that’ll satisfy the AQMD Rule 1147. And the best part is that since its already pre-approved, there is no need to hire an expensive source testing company to determine whether or not the new “budget burner” meets the “less than 30ppm nox” ruling. The Rely On LoNox Repower System program is designed to work with ALL BOOTH DESIGNS, including down draft, semi-down draft, and cross draft booths! So call us today!

Fully Automated Aluminum Isolation Zone Roll Up Curtain System

Rely On Technologies has always worked with auto manufacturers to stay ahead of future trends in collision repair.

Partnering with Ford last year, Rely On has made several presentations to the sales reps at Ford Rotunda to discuss the Ford Body Shop Program certification for the 2015 Ford F-150 aluminum truck.

Requiring that in order for certification, a shop owner must “have a work separation system that isolates aluminum vehicles from vehicles undergoing steel repairs – separation can be a separate room or curtain system.”

Many shop owners, especially on the west coast, are already maxed out on space allocated for the collision center, cannot dedicate more space for another separate work station dedicated for aluminum repair.

So what’s the solution? The Roll Up Curtain System by Rely On. It’s a simple system that is quick to install by Rely On’s Award winning installation team that can turn any stall into an aluminum prep station, ready for Ford Certification. And when the aluminum repair job is complete, the curtains automatically roll up out of the way, and the stall is returned back to normal use. Two stalls in one! For inquiries on purchase & installation, please call Al Ortiz III at 562.260.4006.


Install Low Nox Burner System to Pass Protocol Stress-Free

Partnered with Garmat USA, RelyOn is set to repower your paint booth with a South Coast AQMD approved low Nox burner system. This burner system meets all local, state, and federal standards. Low Nox burner systems emerged as a product of the changing emission requirements. By installing a low Nox burner, you contribute to reducing the overall carbon footprint.

A low Nox burner system is an excellent solution for heating a paint booth. RelyOn understands that heating is a central component to an effective paint booth. Consulting with one of their experts is wise so that you can be sure you are installing a reliable and environmentally friendly heating system to guarantee the safety of your workspace.

A low Nox burner system will also help you avoid dealing with difficulties later that might arise concerning various standards or system failure. Investing in a low Nox burner can seem intimidating, but the overall return you will get from your paint booth and your time will far outweigh any benefits that come from simply rebuilding an already damaged system.

Rebuilding a heater is an expensive operation. While it may temporarily fix the problem, the problems will likely keep occurring down the road. Don’t be led astray by those who say that they can rebuild your heater to meet new standards. The variables are many, as listed below:

  1. The rebuilt system is not listed by the manufacturer. Who takes the liability if the system fails, or worse yet, catches fire? Any insurance company will look at the retrofitted, non-compliant system and determine that it is not covered under their insurance since the unit has been modified. Who gets stuck with the bill then?
  2. The rebuilt system still needs to be source tested by a third party. If this is the case, information needs to be submitted to the South Coast AQMD for their approval. You spend your money, they install the equipment, you pay for third party testing, and the system fails. Who’s liable? Maybe the installer does “unusual” things to get the system to pass. Since the unit needs to be tested annually, will it pass again each year?
  3. What if the system fails to comply with the South Coast AQMD protocol? Regardless of whether you’ve paid or not, you’ve already received a guarantee from the retrofitter that their work will pass. If you take the time to install a low Nox burner system, you will find it easier to comply with protocol without extra stress.

Only RelyOn alongside Garmat can guarantee a pre-approved low Nox system. They also can guarantee a fully listed and code compliant system and that the unit will pass South Coast AQMD standards. RelyOn is committed to providing exceptional service to customers. While rebuilding a heater may seem cost-effective and stress free, the repairs that will eventually be necessary again may multiply company costs. Invest in a low Nox burner to ensure safety and guarantee a more sound long-term financial investment.