The creation of MOONWALK® automated paint mixing has marked an historic moment in the refinish industry, revolutionizing how collision repair centers operate, generating value from the colour mixing operations as no other system has done before.
Below, we would like to share with you how our customers across Europe are currently enjoying the benefits that MoonWalk brings to their business!
“We have been using the PPG MoonWalk at Elegant Square Panelbeaters with great results. It transformed our mixing room into a clean and safe environment and looks more professional than the previous methods of mixing paint. The MoonWalk saves us money by minimizing material consumption, removes the spillage and provides us with a clean and splash free workspace. The system utilizes a barcode system which counters overstock and ordering errors. We are very proud of the latest addition to our workshop and keep Elegant Square abreast with the latest advancements in paint technology.”
Willie & Katie Saunders, Elegant Square Panelbeaters
“Since I received my MoonWalk mixing machine, it made my work so much easier - colours are great, mixing time is minimum, the mixing room is always clean and the quality is super fantastic added with plenty of saving. I am a very happy customer of PPG and is looking forward to a long term partnership.”
Francisco Damas, Damas Body Works
“Since MoonWalk, our paint bill has gone down drastically. We have managed to lower paint wastage and colour accuracy is also much better. MoonWalk also saves us a lot of time in the mixing room as we can continue with our work while the machine does it’s magic. For the first time, our mixing room also stays clean as spillage and untidiness is a thing of the past. We are happy with the effects of MoonWalk and would gladly recommend it to anyone!”
Lee Davids, Opperman Thiels Auto Body Repairs
“We at Bruno’s Panelbeaters would like to thank you for the fantastic back-up service from your team. The PPG MoonWalk system is truly a cut above the rest and colour matching with the easy-to-use spectrophotometer is accurate and therefore a huge time saver in productivity. The software for this system is also user friendly and allows us to keep track with the easiest of convenience! Everyone that uses this system is highly impressed.”
Bruno Menin, Bruno’s Panelbeaters
“The new MoonWalk is the most efficient time saver. It is user friendly and measures and mixes paint speedily - great time management. There is also a great saving of paint product usage as in its accuracy, it saves on product wastage and therefore is cost effective. Certainly a step in the right direction, taking paint to a whole new level. We should have had this 20 years ago.”
Armando Figueiredo, MF Auto body Repairers
“MoonWalk is more than just technology, MoonWalk is my business partner. MoonWalk is the future and giving us the benefits of more colour accuracy, less product and time wastage and more productivity and profitability.”
Nico Nienaber, Turbo Panelbeaters
“Having been in the motor body repair industry for 16 years, I have had the opportunity to examine numerous paint brands. I can honestly say that the latest offering from PPG with their MoonWalk system is the best that I have seen thus far. Not only does the system look fantastic in a mixing room, it performs too by improving speed, quality and colour consistency. Each colour is measured via a spectrophotometer and uploaded to the computerized system with ease. The innovative touch screen user interface is exceptional. Simple and clean, it takes much of the guess work out of the volume calculations.”
Brent Strydom, C & G Bodyworks
“MoonWalk is a step closer to the spray painter’s ability with mixing colours. Training was done and the employees are much more confident in the mixing techniques. Since the mixing room was fitted with the MoonWalk machine, it looks very professional and neat. We have far less waste with the paint because of the accuracy of the MoonWalk. MoonWalk is a step into the future with technology.”
Essie Esterhuisen, Esani Bodyshop
“I was struck by the precision of the weighing of MoonWalk, 10 times more precise than any other machine: it guarantees a better colour mixing, especially for those formulas that require small additions of a specific colour in relation to the total volume.
Furthermore, MoonWalk cuts down the waste generated by human error, because the operator can now set the exact amount of paint needed and produce it again at a later time, with the guarantee of obtaining the same aesthetic result. While in the past there was the habit of preparing plenty of it for any eventuality. "
Carlo Destro, Owner, Carrozzeria Destro
"MoonWalk levels the quality of the formulation upwards, eliminating the differences due to the different skills of the operators and always ensuring an optimal result on each car, regardless of the operator who takes care of it.
In addition, MoonWalk doses the weighing of the various components with extreme precision, eliminates human error and waste: not a single drop of product remains in the bottle, with significant economic and environmental benefits ".
Finally, MoonWalk works in a sealed environment and returns to the operator a can of pre-mixed paint, ready for use, without spraying splashes in the tinting room: an advantage that translates into a saving of cleaning times".
Luca Fellin, Owner, Carrozzeria Fellin
"MoonWalk is a machine that allows us a greater flexibility and precision. The system allows us to prepare even small quantities of paint, avoiding waste, and when necessary, to mix further quantities while maintaining the same colorimetric precision and with a practically insignificant margin of error.
MoonWalk has also permitted to reduce warehouse stocks but at the same time avoid running out of bases, as it checks stock levels and automatically processes orders. This represents a great advantage and eliminates human errors that could slow down the work.
With MoonWalk there is no turning back! We are in a period of strong change and we need to make the bodywork more and more performing. Innovation helps making processes more leaner and faster. There is no turning back, you have always to look forward ... "
Cristian Marchetti, Owner, Carrozzeria Nuova Milano
“Before MoonWalk, like most repair centres our Paint technicians would mix their own paint. Since MoonWalk has been installed, it has been treated as a separate process and the paint is mixed by our parts department. Due to this change in process we have seen an increase in our paint departments efficiency and a reduction in paint waste due to the MoonWalk systems paint storage and accuracy of mixing. Due to the fact MoonWalk mixes to within 0.01 of a litre, colour accuracy is near 100%.
Overall we are pleased with the impact MoonWalk has had on the business and we are starting to see tangible benefits of the system.”
Andrew Walsh, Founder & CEO, AW group
"MoonWalk is the very latest in semi-automated waterborne paint mixing technology. Yes, the new technology from PPG offers savings in paint usage, which is always welcome. However, MoonWalk offers two greater benefits that we can also put a value on, improved colour accuracy and deskilling the mixing process freeing up painters to paint.
Efficiency is central to a bodyshop’s success and we see MoonWalk as a vital tool in helping bodyshop productivity and more importantly their profitability.”
Robin Sutton, Managing Director, ARM Assist
“We made the decision to invest in MoonWalk to reduce the aspect of human error when it comes to paintwork, which in turn will lead to labour productivity and more efficient working hours. MoonWalk will reduce wastage, meaning we will now have peace of mind knowing we are ensuring that every possible unit of material is being used. This is opposed to the current working conditions where wastage of material is common, costing firms such as ourselves significant amounts per annum.”
Paul Johal, Bodyshop Manager, Warley Car Clinic
“Since we use MoonWalk we have been observing the optimization of pigment consumption. Moreover, employees spend less time on activities related to color preparation. Last but not least, the aspect of order and aesthetic appearance of the mixing room is also significant.
We immediately noticed the benefits of the new technology. In conclusion, I can confirm that MoonWalk really took us into a new era of refinish.”
Tomasz Kowalik, Body Shop Manager, Auto Special VW Group
“It is very beneficial for the owners of services because it will save costs, time, and we will be better than our competitors.”
Hanna Mojsiuk, Member of the board, Mojsiuk sp. z o.o. sp.k., Dealer Mercedes-Benz
“At SARTOPINA PLAZA (Aragón Wagen), we have been looking for a system for a long time that allows us to handle paint as if it were just another replacement. With MoonWalk, we have achieved this, facilitating at the same time both the work of the spare parts staff and that of our painters.
With MoonWalk, we have an automatic paint mixing system that helps us save on the consumption of paint materials and the reuse of excess product. In this way, in addition to improving our repainting processes, we have managed to increase our competitiveness in each repair.”
Jesús Odina, Sales Manager, SARTOPINA PLAZA (Aragón Wagen)
"MoonWalk has made a great difference in our daily work! Since we got the MoonWalk here at Upplands, we have got a lot of free time that we can use for other things than mixing colors. We really love it here!”
Christopher Bülow, Paint Responsible, Upplands Motor AB
“This is something different, it’s not about the price. It’s about the processes, satisfaction, customer management and labour management.”
Aykut Pekdemir, General Manager, Nazer Ford
“This innovation can be one of the perfect solution for the bodyshops to have more money in a shorter period of time.”
Hamza Palliali, General Manager, CEP
“Since we are working with MoonWalk, we are having to mix less paint. We can estimate what we need, and because MoonWalk always mixes the color accurately, it is not so important if we run out, knowing that the color will be the same.”
Marc Hiltscher, General Manager, Hiltscher GmbH
“The time savings are very important. Instead of mixing colors, I can now get on with a number of other jobs, such as checking the preparation, carrying out final release check of a completed job, or measuring and identifying the next color. There are many different smaller jobs that I can complete in the time I was previously mixing, it makes us more efficient.”
Jürgen Krohmann, Workshop Manager, Hiltscher GmbH
“To invest in MoonWalk is economically sensible. The success will become evident after quite a short time. The investment has already payed off. The fact, that the cans are completely empty is a large economical advantage.”
Rüdiger Starke, General Manager, Auto-Schach GmbH & Co. KG
“I never liked manual mixing. Something that had to be done but I never enjoyed it. It got worse when mistakes happened during the mixing process – usually when adding the last color… I am really happy about having MoonWalk!
Dennis Fink, Painter, Auto-Schach GmbH & Co. KG
“One big advantage of MoonWalk is, it’s very simple to use. Our staff are already familiar with the paint software, which makes the handling really easy. And economically, it makes great sense. Mixing mistakes are a thing of the past. MoonWalk only does what it should. Also, the fact, that the cans are completely empty, is not only a great economical but also an environmental advantage.“
Michael Seidel, Operations Manager, Seidel Karosserie GmbH & Co. KG
“I am 100 % convinced by the system, it has made my life at work much easier. For example, if I were to mix a color for a very small part, manually, I would have to mix a larger amount than I need. With MoonWalk, that is not the case. It is much more accurate and can mix very small amounts precisely.”
Torsten Bernstein, Workshop Manager, Seidel Karosserie GmbH & Co. KG
“MoonWalk is very efficient, it frees time for our employees and they can do other tasks while Moonwalk mixes. The whole mixing process is a lot shorter and less manpower is needed than when mixing manually. In our case, the freed-up capacities are used to manage our warehouse by our colour specialist. It gives him an additional hour to, for example, unpack spare parts. Before, he didn’t have time for that. In our case, MoonWalk made this possible.”
Tobias Neu, General Manager, Lackierzentrum im Entenbad
“Our employees did not like the manual mixing process. Another positive outcome is the environmental effect. We don’t produce paint waste anymore. Another advantage is, we generally mix less per job in comparison to manual mixing. When MoonWalk was delivered and set up, the training period was very short for our employees. All we had to do was to explain how it works, there is no big secret, anyone can use it.“
Christian Lehmann, General Manager, Lackierzentrum im Entenbad
“The amount of paint we mix per job has changed, since smaller amounts can be accurately mixed. Time is a very big advantage. While MoonWalk is mixing, I can do other things. I can identify or match the next colour or paint a panel for the next job. MoonWalk is a big time saver.”
Uwe Sinz, Colourist, Lackierzentrum im Entenbad