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PPG installs 2,000th Linq Digital Ecosystem

PPG has installed its 2,000th Linq Digital Ecosystem, with the milestone installation coming at the Car Clinic Center in Milan, Italy.

Launched almost a year ago, PPG says Linq sets a new standard for modern body shops. Based on hardware, software and digital services solutions, PPG Linq revolutionises current bodyshop processes by making them faster, repeatable and sustainable.

Key components of the digital ecosystem are the advanced software for 3D colour visualisation PPG VisualizID and the digital colour camera PPG Digimatch: used together in the colour identification phase, they simplify the search for the correct colour point, significantly reduce the use of test tags speeds up times and reduces product waste.

All this entails bodywork operations that are decidedly more sustainable from an environmental point of view, according to PPG.

A third component of the ecosystem is Moonwalk, the semi-automatic colour mixing system. Made in Italy, MoonWalk is today used in more than 40 countries and over 1,600 repair centres and generates a total saving of 900,000 hours of work in the paint mixing phase: an important added value for body shop owners who have been able to invest elsewhere what is saved in terms of time and material.

MoonWalk also contributes to responsible consumption and processing, significantly reducing VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions and limiting the impact that the paint mixing process has on the environment.

“Many modern body shops are turning to digital solutions to achieve their productivity, efficiency and sustainability goals,” said Jérôme Zamblera, PPG vice president, EMEA, Automotive Refinish.

“Customers’ intuition and feedback played an important role in the development of this system, so they can be confident that the PPG Linq system will enable them to achieve these goals while making their body shop operations more productive.”

Jérôme Zamblera, PPG (left) and Andrea Concina, Car Clinic Center