Auto glass enthusiasts hit the showroom floor for another day to visit with this year’s exhibitors. Some of the booths even ran out of products to showcase because attendees cleaned out their inventory from the previous day. Many of them agreed that it’s a good problem to have and were excited to see the support for innovation in the industry.
Equalizer showed off two new products on the show floor this week. Their new JetPacks are on display for technicians to try for themselves. The JetPacks vacuum cups were designed by Equalizer to eliminate the need for manual pumping, and are extremely easy to use. To turn them on, simply place them onto the glass and let the cups pump themselves. If the cup starts to loose air, Equalizer’s Airforce branded technology takes over until the cup has maximum vacuum again. The JetPacks come in a 7-inch diameter cup, and features a maximum workload of 100 pounds. The Jetpacks fully charge within two hours, and come with a charger.
Equalizer also displayed its new Push Knife. This is a machined aluminum hand tool designed to remove glass with Equalizer’s Express Blades. The knife features a plate for striking with a mallet, making the job of removing glass effortless, according to the company. The blades on the knife can be easily changed out, depending on the job being completed.
Quest Software Inc. representatives were pumped to tell their booth visitors about the company’s new mobile app, which allows its users to get everything they need in one place. “We went through the extra effort and worked with Apple Inc. to make it accessible to both Apple and Android users and the feedback has been positive,” said Rob Rust, Quest Software representative. The software company wasn’t the only booth that made a change.
Meanwhile, 44 Tools shook things up with its new line of towels. “We kept selling a lot of our standard towels and our customers started asking for more options with better quality. That’s when we knew it was time to start a line of towels, and we ran out of them for our booth yesterday because people see the need for them,” Tim Neely, 44 Tools representative, said.
Creative Extruded Products took an economical approach with its booth display this year. “This time around we have a universal rubber line to show off. The company really wanted to expand in the market and offer a solution that also is more economically feasible for our consumers,” Marvin Reynolds, Creative Extruded Products representative, said.
Marcy Adhesives’ representative said the company has something big for 2019 and that it’s something to keep an eye out for.
Burco promoted its replacement side view mirrors, and had several packages available at the show such as its “Burco-box.” The company also showed its Redi-Cut mirrors that have a pre-applied motor mount.
GGG is displayed its automotive glass mouldings and accessories, along with its new line of wiper blades.
GTS offered its one-of-a-kind point-of-sale and shop management app. The app is compatible on both iPhone and Android. It allows installers to have everything they need in one place, including customer information, payment options, a camera feature to show their work, and even a map to show where repairs need to take place, according to the company.
Duncan Systems displayed its options for heavy duty replacement glass for both motorhomes and big rigs.
BSG Auto Glass, a manufacturer and distributor, displayed its worldwide auto glass offerings.
Benson Auto Glass showed off its auto glass offerings as well. Benson makes auto glass for vehicles large to small, and offers capability with eye-sight features in modern vehicles, such as Subaru.
Christopher Ligori & Associates exhibited and promoted its legal assistance offerings for auto glass replacement shops. The firm has more than 18 years’ experience dealing with insurance claims.
C.R. Laurence displayed its many types of truck sliders.
Xinyi Auto Glass North America didn’t have any new products for this year’s conference, but its booth consistently had a line that wrapped around it. The reason: they offered a local artist to draw doodles of those who stopped by their booth on a sample of the company’s windshield glass.