The engine behind the new Color Solutions tools

PPG has introduced its all-new PAINTMANAGER® XI software, the latest addition to the company’s state-of-the-art Color Solutions XI product line. PaintManager XI software joins the TOUCHMIX XI computer and the RAPIDMATCH® XI spectrophotometer in the Color Solutions toolbox to offer a three-pronged approach to making collision repair more efficient and productive.

The PaintManager software program has been in use in the automotive refinish industry for more than a decade. The all-new PaintManager XI software features critical advancements in color retrieval, mixing and management functions and offers a more intuitive workflow designed to simplify the overall automotive refinish process. With an advanced set of features and daily Internet updates, the PaintManager XI software program provides formulations for OEM cars and trucks, commercial fleets and custom colors—plus service for the light industrial segment—through one convenient application.

“This is a significant industry-leading innovation,” said Tracey Johnson, PPG senior manager, global color IT. “PaintManager XI software has been specifically developed to help PPG customers streamline refinish operations and more easily manage and evaluate shop performance. That, in turn, yields greater productivity. Customers will find the software to be a straightforward real-time color solution for maximizing profitability.”

PaintManager XI software has been installed in a number of PPG collision centers around the country. Johnson reports that customer reactions have been positive and pointed out two representative examples. “This new PaintManager XI is even better,” said Vaughn Stevens, owner, Rodenhouse Body Shop, Grand Rapids, Mich. “My painter likes it because it makes his job easier. I like it because I can pull up all the data about color matches and product usage whenever I want. PaintManager XI also works very well with my estimating and management system.”

Also in Grand Rapids, Randy Joldersma, owner of Bob’s Collision, said, “We’ve had PaintManager XI for about two months. The painters are learning fast . . . they’re positive about PaintManager XI and use it. I like it better than what we had. PaintManager XI meshes perfectly with my operations system, and I will be using it more in the future. I’m very happy with it.”

Key PaintManager XI software highlights include a single, touch-friendly modern user interface, an improved search function for smarter color selection, simplified workflow processes, and enhanced instrument interfaces that provide digital color selection opportunities, and streamlined paint tracking and reporting. The new software allows greater collaboration and integration across locations and within organizations through shared custom formulas, searchable sprayout libraries and paint consumption metrics.

“With PaintManager XI software as the engine behind the new XI tools, including the RapidMatch XI spectrophotometer and the TouchMix XI computer, PPG customers have the convenient next-generation tools that deliver speed and efficiency,” said Nicole Sinclair, PPG senior manager, global color marketing manager. “We believe paint technicians, shop managers and owners will appreciate the difference these tools can make in reducing mixing room complexity and allowing technicians to work more effectively.”

PPG Color Solution XI products are now being rolled out in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.ppgrefinish.com or call (800) 647-6050.


PPG will continue its support of Speedway Children’s Charities’ (SCC) fundraising efforts, joining with the organization to sponsor the local New Hampshire chapter’s 2017 Track Walk on Saturday, July 15, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) in Loudon. PPG has been a major advocate of SCC activities since 2009, helping the charity with numerous events; it is the sole sponsor of the charity’s annual Track Walk.

“This is something we love doing,” said Mike Patenaude, PPG regional sales manager. “The people at Speedway Children’s Charities genuinely care about kids. They pour their hearts and souls into helping children, and we’re right there with them. We are privileged to team up with them.”

The walk is part of a NASCAR weekend of auto racing at the popular speedway that includes the XFINITY Series Lakes Region 200 on Saturday afternoon and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series New Hampshire 301 on Sunday. The Track Walk will take place Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. NASCAR racer Joey Logano, a Team Penske driver, will lead the walkers around the track.

“It’s great to have a partner like PPG that will support the Speedway Children’s Charities,” said Logano. “New Hampshire Motor Speedway has some of the best fans in NASCAR, and it’s a fun night getting to meet so many of them on the Track Walk. What makes it even more special is that they all know they are making a difference in the lives of children.”

Logano won’t be walking alone. According to Cheryl LaPrade, director of the New Hampshire chapter of the SCC, last year approximately 250 enthusiastic participants walked the one-mile circuit. Longtime SCC supporter Dick Berggren and SCC’s executive director Gen. Chuck Swannack will also be on hand.

LaPrade pointed out that last year’s event raised more than $15,800 for the SCC’s New Hampshire chapter. In addition, the SCC’s Red Bucket Brigade—a crew of 100 volunteers carrying buckets with the PPG logo—will spread out through the stands during the races to collect contributions from race fans. LaPrade urges everyone interested in the event to visit the SCC Track Walk page to learn more or to register. On-site registration and check-in is also possible that Saturday at the SCC tent located in the display lot at the track. Registered walkers receive a commemorative T-shirt. LaPrade emphasizes that all proceeds will benefit the SCC New Hampshire chapter.

“We cannot thank PPG enough for their support of our SCC chapter,” said LaPrade. “With the company’s continued help, we can assist more children in need across New England every year.” SCC is based in Charlotte, N.C., and provides funding for hundreds of nonprofit organizations that meet the direct educational, medical, social and financial needs of children. SCC was founded in 1982 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., (SMI) and Sonic Automotive, as a tribute to his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who died at a young age. The elder Smith was passionate about helping children in need and established SCC to support charities in communities around his SMI racetracks. SCC annually supports more than 400 organizations across the United States with generous grants provided through its eight chapters. Each chapter determines the needs of its surrounding communities and helps fund local organizations. Since it started, SCC has funded thousands of organizations that help children lead productive lives.


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