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Case Study: Caliber Collision Van Nuys

Auto body shops continually expand in size to meet their ever-growing demand for quality external repair. To meet these needs, Caliber Collision takes pride as the premier repair brand in customer service in every community it opens a new location. In the city of Van Nuys, Caliber Collision aimed to establish a “heavy-hit” shop capable of meeting the growing insurance demand. Rely-On Technologies worked alongside a team of contractors to create a layout that not only would fit the footprint of the building, but would also create a flow that minimizes any poor designs or repairs that may occur in its work.

The installation first began with a time-invested search for a prime location. The process began with an initial walkthrough prior to Caliber Collision leasing the building. This ensures the site could provide the optimal layout for this type of development. As a valued partner of Caliber Collision, Rely-On Technologies provides such pre-construction services to forecast what local inspectors would ask of the new shop—ensuring all of necessary certificates of occupancy remain in place. This critical process will save months of additional permitting issues, which would otherwise delay the move-in date for the shop significantly.

Once leased, Rely-On Technologies took the architectural drawings and created the layout for the Garmat USA spray booths, prep stations, and mix rooms. This particular shop required a semi-downdraft, double-prep booth along with two Garmat USA 3000 down-draft spray booths. Once approved by the city of Van Nuys, Rely-On Technologies began the concrete portion of the project. The scope of concrete work included the installation of the exhaust pits for the paint booths and a new wash bay for the car detail. Booths were installed, curtains hung, duct works installed into the roof, and the system as a whole was fired up weeks before the scheduled move-in date. Caliber Collision continuously relies on its partners to perform to a tight schedule as Rely-On Technologies works everyday to meet that demand.

About Al Ortiz

President of Rely-On Technologies. We sell, install and service paint spray booth systems nationwide. We sell to the Aerospace, Automotive, Technology, Defense and industrial industries.

What You Need To Know About the 6H Rule

When RelyOn sells a spray booth, we make sure that the booth you buy is beneficial for your business. That means that our booths help you to maximize paint coverage, and they save your workers time when it comes to application and paint stripping. We also make sure that all of the booths we sell are compliant with the laws and guidelines that are in effect by the EPA. For any body shop in the country, that means making sure that our spray booths are 6H Rule compliant.

What Is The 6H Rule?

Officially, the 6H rule is subpart HHHHHH of EPA law 63.11169 titled “National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Coating Operations at Area Sources.” Basically what it means is that the EPA is trying to lower the instances of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) such as lead and methylene chloride by creating stricter rules for the application of these substances.

Area Source

At the end of that long title, you may have noticed the phrase “area source.” The EPA defines an area source as any facility that uses paints with HAPs in them that, if the application of the HAPs is not contained, could release at least 10 tons of HAPs each year into the atmosphere. This would include most of the medium to large body shops in the United States, which is why understanding the 6H Rule is so important.

The History Of The 6H Rule

The EPA officially launched the 6H Rule on January 10, 2011. By that date, any body shop that uses primers, paints or thinners that contain HAPs had to submit a three-page survey to their local EPA office to make sure that they were part of the regular inspections to maintain compliance.

Staying Compliant With The 6H Rule

In order to be compliant with the 6H Rule, a body shop must:

  • Have spray booths that meet the EPA’s requirements
  • Maintained a staff of certified spray booth employees who have valid EPA 6H certificates (these certificates must be updated every five years through training from the EPA)
  • Have training manuals for all spray guns on hand and available at all times
  • Have a valid state air permit

Are There Exceptions?

There are a few exceptions to the 6H Rule, but you will find that the exceptions are rare. The major exceptions include:

  • The United States Military
  • Any shop that does not use atomizing spray technology (check with your local EPA office to see if you are exempt)
  • Shops that use hand-held spray guns with a capacity of three fluid ounces or less
  • Shops that utilize powder coatings
  • Shops that utilize non-refillable aerosol spray cans
  • Shops that use metallic or non-metallic materials for thermal spray processes
  • Facility maintenance painting

What Are The Penalties?

The penalties are handed out directly by the EPA and can vary depending on the duration of the offense and how the volume of HAPs being released into the air. Shops that did not register as they were instructed can still be subject to fines if they are turned in by concerned residents.

The Clean Air Act gives the EPA the legal right to assess fines of up to $32,000 per day, per offense. The EPA also has the authority to pursue criminal charges, if they deem that necessary.

How RelyOn Can Help

RelyOn is a licensed installation and repair contractor for Garmat USA. All of the spray booths made by Garmat USA are designed to meet the requirements of the 6H Rule, and the installation work done by RelyOn also meets the EPA’s standards.

The fines for not complying with the 6H Rule are hefty, and the EPA is taking the elimination of HAPs very seriously. Give RelyOn a call and let us get you started on your 6H Rule compliant Garmat USA paint booth and do your part to keep the environment clean.

RESOURCES:

Green Service FAQ On The 6H Rule

EPA 6H Paint Rule – What You Need To Know

EPA Summary of Regulations Controlling Air Emissions from Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations

About Al Ortiz

President of Rely-On Technologies. We sell, install and service paint spray booth systems nationwide. We sell to the Aerospace, Automotive, Technology, Defense and industrial industries.

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.

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.

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

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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!

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.

Why Buy Garmat? Customization, Efficiency & Quality

RelyOn Technologies is proud to offer Garmat USA products. Manufactured in Englewood, Colorado, Garmat custom paint booths are ecologically sound, durably constructed, and code-compliant, increasing productivity and profit. The following attributes place Garmat paint booths above the competition:

Customizable Cabins

Construction: Garmat dual skin paint booths are built to provide maximum durability, efficiency, and visibility using powder coating, insulation, and interlocking wall panels. For easy customization, Garmat uses modular construction. The tri-fold door assemblies offer access, visibility, and customized hinge design for easy adjustments and an airtight seal. For optimal lighting quality, Garmat uses color-corrected fluorescent bulbs, as well as easily-serviceable and horizontally-mounted fixtures for illumination that is free of shadows.

Filtration: Garmat USA knows that the filtration system is one of the most critical features of a paint booth, determining safety within the painting atmosphere as well as the surrounding areas. Garmat 3000 Series paint booths exceed EPA 2011 EPA 6H Regulations for Surface Coating Operations with a 99.9% capture efficiency. Their filtration systems are easy to access and service and shut securely using steel knife edge closures.

The 3-stage filtration system includes:

  • Pre-Filtration to reduce contamination
  • Ceiling Filters in ideal sizes for easy replacement, held in place by steel knife-edge closures
  • Extract Filtration to maximize particulate removal

Control Panels: Garmat builds their control panels in their 508A ETL listed shop, which allows for unlimited customization options and quick availability. Each control panel is tested before leaving the facility, using Garmat’s rigorous quality standards.

Garmat control panels are designed for optimal efficiency and affordability. Automatic operations can be customized and programmed to individual specifications, and all components are recognized, listed, or certified by UL, ETL or CSA. Prewired control panels shorten field installation time and expense.

Durable HMA / AMU

Garmat designs all HMA/AMUs in house, following your exact specifications and budget, and meeting ANSI Z83.25 standards for industrial process; Garmat was the first company to achieve this listing for their HMA/AMUs.

The design of Garmat HMA/AMUs combines efficiency with a superior painting environment. Heavy duty corrosion-resistant aluminum/stainless steel direct-fired burners provide the most efficient air heating method and consistent temperature control. Vent-free setup is easy – just set the gas pressure – and without heat exchangers or blowers, energy consumption and maintenance are minimal.

Impeccably Designed Fans

For optimal stability and consistency of airflow, Garmat USA exclusively uses the dual inlet reverse incline centrifugal fan in constructing its automotive spray booths. These fans create a vacuum that surrounds the blades, protecting against overspray buildup. The backward direction of the blades also gives the fan “self-cleaning” properties. The motor cannot be overloaded, regardless of the airflow resistance, and the fans run at a lower RPM to reduce noise as well as energy costs.

Because Garmat engineers find the dual inlet reverse incline centrifugal fan to offer the most consistent air flow on the market, they use this model exclusively in their custom paint booths. Exceptions can be made, however, if the customer has a specific request, like a tube axial fan.

Highest Quality From Start to Finish

Our company name RelyOn because you can rely on us to do the most exception work for your project.  Unlike many other distributors, we provide a turnkey installation.  From pouring concrete to obtaining city permits, we have the experience and resources to expedite your project. RelyOn’s factory-trained and certified technical staff is available to answer your questions about installing Garmat custom paint booths.

Breathe Safely with Custom Paint Booths

With painting objects both large and small, it is important that proper ventilation be utilized. Painting large objects, such as fleet trucks or space crafts, can result in hazardous pollutants. Paint fumes need to be controlled, and everyone should be well protected, including the environment. At RelyOn, we know the importance of proper ventilation and offer a number of different custom paint booths to service your painting needs.

Ventilation Systems

The ventilation systems present in our RelyOn paint booths include downdraft booths, semi-downdraft booths, cross-draft booths, and more. All of these systems have their advantages and can be great options when using a custom paint booth.

Downdraft Booths: These booths take in air through the ceiling and release the air after filtering it through the floor. The air in a downdraft booth is directed in a downward motion, hence the name. Any paint that is sprayed in this booth immediately descends, and the painter is untouched by the fumes.

Semi-Downdraft Booths: These booths allow air to come in through ceiling filters or the door and eliminate air through the back of the booth or the floor. There are a number of ways that air can enter and exit, and they are all efficient. It is important the painter position himself upstream from the paint spray in this kind of booth.

Cross-Draft Booths: The air in this booth is pulled from outside and passes through filters on the door. Air is then released through filters at the back of the paint booth. As with other booths, the painter should always position himself so that he is upstream from the object being painted.

Proper ventilation is important for a number of reasons. It reduces the amount of pollutants being released and protects the painter and others nearby. Furthermore, it prevents dangerous emissions from escaping and causing fire or even explosions.

Custom Paint Booth Filters

Our paint booths utilize special intake filters that clean the air before it enters the vicinity. Impressively, these filters can remove between 90 and 99 percent of the dangerous particles found in the spray booth exhaust stream! Filters are incredibly important, and you should change them regularly and dispose of them properly.

RelyOn Custom Paint Booths

RelyOn has a number of custom paint booths that can accommodate your painting needs. We offer spray booths for collision repair, fleets, truck and RV, and even custom spray booths. All of these use the latest ventilation systems. Other features include heated/cooled air makeup, drive-through doors, side load with tracks, and inside vehicle lifts.

At RelyOn we strive to provide you with the custom paint booths you need at an affordable price, while keeping you safe. Check out our quality booths and ventilation systems today and give us a call at 562-697-7095.

How to Choose Commercial Spray Booths

Commercial spray booths come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes in order to accommodate the exact needs of different companies. This variety means there is certainly a spray booth to serve any need, but it also means it can be difficult to determine which commercial spray booth is right for your company.

The Right Booth for You

There are many components that come into play when choosing a commercial spray booth. Ask yourself the following questions to determine which spray booth will best fit all of your specifications:

  • What materials do you need to apply? In general, commercial spray booths are used to apply paint, but they can apply other substances to products as well. Before choosing a booth, make sure it is designed to deal with all of the materials that are a necessary part of your operation.
  • How much space is available for the booth? Commercial spray booths are often large and require a certain amount of free space around them. It is a good idea to ensure you have enough space to safely install a booth before purchasing it.
  • Do you need a closed face or an open face cabin? A closed face cabin is equipped with doors in order to provide more protection for both your employees and for the products being sprayed, but sometimes an open face cabin without doors is acceptable.
  • How often will you be spraying products? If your operation requires continuous spraying, consider a heavier duty, more durable booth. Limited or intermittent spraying can often be accomplished with less expensive options.
  • Which application method will be most effective? Some of the different booth options include electrostatic, air atomization, and airless atomization, each of which is more effective in different situations. Do some research to determine which application method is recommended for your specific industry.
  • Which type of airflow do you need? Airflow is one of the most important components in commercial spray booths. Unsurprisingly, there are a number of different options that each have strengths for different circumstances.

The Major Types of Airflow

The way the airflow is designed in a commercial spray booth determines which types of materials should be used in the booth. In each booth, air must be drawn in and circulated in one of the following ways:

  • Full downdraft. One of the most popular options, a full downdraft commercial spray booth, draws in air through ceiling vents and circulates the air vertically through the booth.
  • Semi-downdraft. This style of airflow is actually a type of cross flow design that incorporates elements of a full downdraft.
  • Side-draft. Like a full downdraft system, a side-draft booth pulls air in through the ceiling but then exhausts it through the walls.
  • Cross flow. Cross flow commercial spray booths introduce air horizontally to the work area.

Once you have considered all of these elements, you should be ready to select a commercial spray booth. However, it is a good idea to discuss your options with an expert before making a final decision.

RelyOn Technologies has been customizing and installing paint booth systems for over 30 years. If you would like to discuss your project with one of our experienced consultants, please do not hesitate to contact us at 562-697-7095.