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Ending the Summer and Entering 2017

Summer 2016 proved itself as a lucrative time for Rely-On Technologies, all of which led to the pinnacle event of the season—the NACE Expo in Anaheim, California.

Rely-On began this period by expanding the market of Caliber Collision. With Caliber’s recent acquisition of Fletcher Jones Motorcars, Caliber looked to hit the ground running in ushering in new body shops across the state. Rely-On first installed new repair equipment in Van Nuys, particularly a semi-downdraft, double-prep booth along with two Garmat USA 3000 down-draft spray booths. Following, Rely-On ventured to North Las Vegas to open another location for Caliber Collision, overcoming many obstacles presented by the city to install one double-frontier prep station, two downdraft spray booths, and one mix room—which Rely-On successfully installed on time. Finally, Rely-On rounded out Caliber stores in the city of Poway, meeting the high demand of the growing population. Although Summer 2016 brought many challenges and detailed work, Rely-On dominated the market and exceeded all expectations—continuing to uphold its standards of over thirty years.

This month, Rely-On exhibited at the world famous NACE | CARS EXPO, where attendees networked, and viewed excellent exhibits and dedicated professionals from across the automotive repair industry. Rely-On showcased their work with Caliber Collision and the innovative equipment Garmat USA will usher in 2017. As Rely-On continues to grow with these exceptional brands, the team continues to produce quality and renowned client experience it their work.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

Proper Spray Booth Maintenance

If you have a high quality spray booth, it is important to initiate a thorough system for maintaining the spray booth. Spray booth systems require regular maintenance, so developing a routine will allow you to properly care for your booth as well as identify any problems that may arise. There are certain tasks that need to be conducted every day, but some maintenance can be completed less frequently.

Before you even consider your daily maintenance task list, there are several habits that you can develop to protect and maintain the quality of your spray booth. For instance, the best way to prevent dust from building up in your spray booth is to simply keep the doors closed at all times. Before opening the doors to bring in an item to be sprayed, turn on the machine so that it will automatically suck any dust into the filters.

The tools and cleaning materials that you utilize are also a factor in your maintenance routine. When you select any extraneous tools that will be used with the spray booth, make sure to select non-sparking options. As for cleaners, only use cleaning solvents that have a flashpoint that is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Routine Tasks

Each day, you should take the following steps to ensure that your spray booth is properly maintained:

  • Clean the surface of the booth. Wipe down the external surfaces to ensure that spray deposits don’t build up over time and begin to cause a problem. Any fire protection devices should be cleaned daily as well.
  • Dispose of residue. Don’t leave scrapings and sweepings sitting out. Once you’ve finished your daily cleaning routine, wet the residue with water and remove it from the building immediately.
  • Remove safety containers. Metal waste containers are a necessary part of most spray booth operations, but they should be emptied daily. Make sure that you have an appropriate system for disposing of this waste.

There are many other routine tasks that should be completed regularly as well:

  • Replace the filters. Depending on how frequently your spray booth is used, you may need to change the filters as often as once a week, although many manufacturers recommend once a month. Clean the filters out often, but consult with an experienced spray booth company like RelyOn to determine how often you need to completely replace each filter. If you choose to use higher quality filters, they will last longer and likely reduce your overall costs.
  • Evaluate airflow. At least once a year, you need to check the state of the airflow within your spray booth system. From the point where air enters the system to the place where it exits, follow the path of the airflow and make sure that there are no problem spots. If your spray booth is used frequently, you may want to check the airflow even more often.
  • Examining ducts. Ventilation ducts and fan blades need to be inspected regularly in order to prevent the accumulation of excessive paint residue. When you discover buildup, it’s important to remove it promptly.