Old School or New School: Analyzing Windshield
February 6, 2013
by Kaitlan Mitchell, email@example.com
It is a debate that most windshield technicians must take into
consideration. Which is better, the traditional two-man set windshield
installation or a technology-driven technique? Weighting the pros
and cons of both methods can play an important role in running an
AGRR shop more efficiently.
Two-man sets utilize two technicians to guide, hold and set auto
glass for precision. According to industry experts, this method
also helps to verify that the windshield is seated properly and
does not leak.
For units located outside of the shop, two technicians can improve
roadway safety. Acting as a co-pilot, the technician sitting in
the passenger's seat can provide driving instructions. In addition,
the second tech can better correspond with customers and the glass
shop on the phone or by checking emails so the driver is not distracted.
The team of two also has the ability to remember special tasks better
than one tech on the job.
Not only that, but in certain instances one tech is not enough for
windshield installations. The auto glass replacement of some larger
vehicles requires a second technician because of the massive weight
of the glass.
In comparison, an increased usage of mechanical installation devices
is becoming more common. This type of equipment allows one tech
to install windshields alone on traditional two-tech jobs. One advantage
of utilizing windshield handling equipments is the prevention value
from serious health aliments.
"The tool helps prevent work-related injuries, such as back,
neck and shoulder strains, by supporting the windshield for the
technician," says Caryn Birkhauser, operations manager for
According to Birkhauser, mechanical installers also increase productivity
because it takes one technician to install a wider variety of windshields
and the glass shop has more flexibility in scheduling installations
when only one technician is needed.
A number of factors can come into play, including the staff size
of the auto glass shop, the right people willing to learn the technology
as well as the shop's budget size. It is important to analyze both
methods to deem which application method is best for a particular
repair and replacement shop.
Which method do you utilize? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the next issue of AGRR magazine to learn more
about the two-man set analysis.
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