What is CRDS?
Collision Repair Design Service (CRDS) is an in house design service offered through Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes to assist collision facilities achieve the ultimate in workflow efficiency and space utilization.

Who can use CRDS?
CRDS is available to premium account customers and prospects with $3 mil in annual collision revenue as well as Regional and National MSO's.

How can CRDS help my business?
Each request is reviewed on an individual basis and recommendations are then made to improve your facilities productivity and efficiency. CRDS can assist customers who are building new facilities, adding onto an existing facility, or interested in increasing production in their facility. We work together with you to develop the best possible solution.

What will I receive from CRDS and what is the fee?
A set of blueprints will be presented to you including floor plans of your facility with recommended equipment in place. CRDS takes into consideration the needs of the entire facility and not just the paint shop area - from a customer entering the facility through delivery. Two levels of service are available.
A Process Driven Design with a fee of $895 plus travel and expenses recomends:
  • Productivity improvements to an existing faciltiy
  • Uses account Standard Operating Procedures
  • Recommends process flow
A Facility Layout Design with a fee of $3,500 plus travel and expenses recommends:
  • Architect/Contractor collaboration
  • Productivity and process bult into facility layout
  • Capital Equipment recommendations
What is the lead-time for this service?
CRDS requires a 6-8 week lead-time to develop and return customized layouts to you. Please notify us if other specific time frames are needed.

Will you work with my architectural firm and equipment supplier?
Yes, CRDS uses the same architectural drawing software that most architects use today allowing us to pass drawing information electronically to one another. Most architectural firms are not familiar with the needs of a collision facility and welcome our involvement. CRDS works as the liason between your eqipment supplier, the contractor and owner.

What does CRDS need to begin the process?
A project request form is online for you to easily complete. Some questions may not be applicable to your facility but understand that this questionnaire is for all customers requesting the service. Please fill in as much information as possible so we can accurately assess your needs.

How does the CRDS process work?
  1. Customer submission of the project request form
  2. Project review by Facility Planning Consultant
  3. Analysis of new site or existing facility
  4. Preliminary drawings created
  5. Final drawings created with recommendations
  6. Presentation to customer
  7. Follow-up with customer

How do you know what our facility looks like?
To begin the design and layout process, CRDS requires information on the physical dimensions of your property, where the facility is located on that property, locations of overhead doors, man doors, and permanent structures (restrooms, floor drains, offices, roof support columns).  If existing blueprints or CAD files are available please email them here or mail them to:

Collision Repair Design Services
4440 Warrensville Center Rd. C-405
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128-2837

Can I send in photos?
Digital photos and/or videos may be submitted as additional resources to aid the design process. It is beneficial to have accurate information to begin the process so we can develop a viable solution for your collision business