Mobile Solutions’ “Up Front Fab” Training Packs Zoom Meeting

TEMPE, AZ (12.29.2020) – On Friday December 18, 2020, Mobile Solutions’ founder and CEO Bryan Schmitt along with Sage Weir from Sounds Good Stereo, TN and Tom Miller of Musicar Northwest, OR presented a collaborative, web-based training for ORCA Design and Manufacturing called UP FRONT FAB. The fabrication-themed training was open to all who pre-registered. It turned out to be an incredible success with over 330 attendees from at least eight countries including USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Holland, South Africa and Australia.

Bryan Schmitt doing last minute setup in the Mobile Solutions Training facility in Tempe AZ for the UP-FRONT FAB Zoom presentation.

“What was originally scheduled for 90 minutes went for about two hours, with plenty of interest from attendees to continue. There was enough content to schedule a complete second session with the topics we had.” explains Bryan Schmitt. The training session focused on speaker placement for premium sound quality builds, including addressing creation of speaker locations and finishing techniques required for custom A-pillars, dash grilles and tweeter pods. Schmitt did live, on-camera routering of a template shape and the actual plastic of an A-pillar to demonstrate how the techniques and steps actually progress. “So many engaged attendees and great questions along the way. This is the kind of audience you want to have” added Schmitt.

This screen shot shows Schmitt during the Zoom presentation.
Examples of the award winning custom fabrication work by the Mobile Solutions Team.

Weir and Miller also shared their own approaches with their clientele as to how they come up with designs and techniques to build great-sounding, front stage-focused car audio systems. Weir talked about some recent vehicle installs where they implement a process for A-pillars that reduces the fabrication time and yields stellar results, thus helping to allocate budgets to higher-end component speakers. Miller also talked about his recent installs, as well as his tools and process of doing renderings to draw concepts before ever cutting any materials or starting the customization work. Altogether, a packed session with highly relevant topics to the attending audience. “Registrations topped 500, suggesting there is an appetite for this training format to continue” said Nalaka Adakari, Sales Director at ORCA Design. Mobile Solutions plans to do more of these training sessions in the future and thanks ORCA for their support.

For more information on future training sessions from Mobile Solutions, visit www.mobilesolutions-usa.com and join the email information list or follow their Facebook and Instagram pages.

Mobile Solutions Presents “Up Front Fab” Training

TEMPE, AZ (12.16.2020) – Join Mobile Solutions’ founder and CEO Bryan Schmitt along with Sage Weir from ORCA Design and Manufacturing for UP FRONT FAB; a 90-minute web-based training on Friday December 18, 2020 at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern. The fabrication-centric training session focuses on speaker placement for premium sound quality builds, including addressing creation of speaker locations and finishing techniques required for custom A-pillars, dash grilles and tweeter pods and more.

Speaker placement is the key and the challenge to achieve a sound experience with depth and realism. This training demonstrates how to overcome acoustic challenges, how to utilize fabrication tricks and participants will discover the top three upholstery techniques that elevate the finished quality of the installation.

UP FRONT FAB Online Training Session Highlights:

  • Optimization of front high frequency speaker placement, using dash and A-pillar examples
  • Creating rings with Mobile Solutions’ new SFS Shape Kit
  • Using profile router bits to save time, add style and facilitate ease of upholstery
  • Advanced 3D router techniques to elevate fabrication work
  • Painting, faux wood and texturing techniques
  • Texturing and finishing techniques for a factory-like dashboard appearance 
  • Learn how to bond to OEM and dissimilar plastics
  • Upholstery techniques with materials like vinyl, suede and leather
  • Aluminum routing and forming
  • Machining without a CNC (Live Demonstration)
  • Polishing and finishing (Live Demonstration)

Throughout the training, Bryan and Sage share tricks and tips for building A-pillars, dash grilles and tweeter pods using step-by-step techniques proven over multiple installs to deliver results for the incredible sound while observing integrated cosmetics. It’s the intersection of the right tools, materials and using efficient processes. The training aims to help attendees build amazing sound systems with OEM styling, quickly and efficiently.

The Friday December 18 UP FRONT FAB training (10am Pacific/1pm Eastern) streams live from the Mobile Solutions training facility in Tempe, AZ and will be broadcast via Zoom. It’s free to attend online for anyone, whether or not they are a dealer of the ORCA or Mobile Solutions products.

To register directly click here.

For more information, visit the Mobile Solutions social media sites at Facebook or Instagram, or visit ORCA Design Family of Products on Facebook. Registration is required to attend.

Mobile Solutions Delivers Training at Knowledgefest.Live

TEMPE, AZ (12.11.2020) – Mobile Solutions’ founder and CEO Bryan Schmitt will deliver a live workshop at KnowledgeFest.Live on Sunday December 13th, 2020 from 5:20-6:20pm (EST) from its Tempe, AZ-based headquarters. The workshop is titled “Executing for the Future: Top Tips to Maximize Labor Revenue” and takes an in-depth look at the state of the industry in the current 2020 and upcoming 2021 world.

Topics for this workshop include:

  • Current state of the 12 volt industry
  • Future 12 volt industry trends that parallel other, well-performing industries.
  • Adding process-driven fuel to your specialty skills
  • Including elements customers immediately identify have value
  • In-person customer shopping experience tips and examples
  • Recommended safety practices for both staff and clients
  • Efficient project management
  • Clean and efficient work spaces
  • Serviceability to your installations

Everyone in the 12 volt business faced significant change in 2020. In this workshop, Bryan will demonstrate how to take those new paradigms to become an opportunity in your store(s). The workshop helps retailers focus on what enhancements you can implement right away to add dollars on bottom line. Many participants will appreciate this is not a cheerleading training, but instead one of substance with underlying technical merit included. All of this leads to more effective demonstrations, closing more sales and selling labor more proficiently with confidence in the future.

This is a ‘must see’ virtual education workshop. As 2020 comes to a close and everyone is plotting strategies for a more fruitful 2021, ensure you have a seat at the table with this important inspirational information.

Register for free at KnowledgeFest.Live.

Mobile Solutions Introduces Wire Management Tool

TEMPE, AZ (12.04.2020) – Mobile Solutions has introduced the Wire Ruler, an innovative and easy-to-use tool created to make wire management in a car audio system visually pleasing while also enhancing serviceability. Its purpose is to facilitate clean layout of wiring with evenly measured spacing of zip ties or other wire management clips.

Created by well-known installation technicians and YouTube gurus Dean Beyett and Fernando Lopez at Five Star Car Stereo, the ruler is how so many of their clean wiring projects get efficiently accomplished. “This is a must for any professional technician or DIY enthusiast to elevate your wire management techniques to the next level” stated Beyett and Lopez.

Made from durable, laser-etched translucent plastic, the Wire Ruler system comes in two-pieces; one 12-inch section and an interlocking 5.5-inch add on section for longer wire runs. Along the ruler are pre-measured holes for marking zip tie location markings and then drilling precise holes. The laser-cut hole spacing and size of zip ties can be varied to accommodate larger gauge wiring or smaller bundles such as RCA audio cables, speaker wiring or data cables. Large holes on the ends make it easy to hang on a wall bracket next to other templates.

Features:
• Wire tie spacing intervals are laser-etched
• .75-inch and 1.25-inch spacing (skip holes for 1.5-inch or 2.5-inch spacing)
• Designed for 4” and 8” zip ties
• Easy to see through for optimal layout
• Increase serviceability of equipment and wiring
• Enhance install with straight, clean wire runs
• Fast and easy to use – saves install time
• Ideal for professionals or DIY enthusiasts

Pricing
• $24.99 – Wire Ruler Set (two pieces – one long, one short)
• $39.99 – Wire Ruler Double Pack (four pieces – two long, two short)

Originally created by Dean and Fernando as their own in-house tooling idea, Mobile Solutions will now partner with the pair to manufacture and exclusively distribute the Wire Ruler from its Tempe, AZ facility. “This is a great collaboration for our company to work with a fellow creative problem-solvers like Dean and Fernando” remarks Bryan Schmitt of Mobile Solutions. Dean and his co-host, Fernando, have five separate social media channels that reach both industry professionals and DIY enthusiasts, all the while running the installation bay operation at Five Star Car Stereo in Clearwater, FL. “It made a lot of sense to partner with Mobile Solutions on this Wire Ruler” added Beyett.

The Wire Ruler is in stock and available now. For more details and to see a how-to video on the Wire Ruler uses, visit www.mobilesolutions-USA.com. Orders can easily be placed online. For phone orders, call 480-968-2074.

Mobile Solutions Releases New Pt-9a+ Polarity Tester

TEMPE, AZ (08.06.2020) – Mobile Solutions announces the release of a new and exciting audio system test tool: the PT-9A+ Polarity Tester. It’s is an essential measurement tool for building and tuning great car audio systems. Advancing on the previous and highly successful PT-9A model, the new PT-9A+ adds even more capabilities to analyze signals, particularly in OEM audio system integration.

“In any car audio system, it’s critical to identify and verify the correct polarity of speakers, both before and after installation. The polarity of the electrical signals that connect to the speakers in OEM audio integration, as well as correctly identifying which wires correspond to which speaker locations, is also critical to verify” comments Bryan Schmitt, President of Mobile Solutions. The PT-9A+ does all of those tasks in one compact, easy-to-use tool.

The PT-9A+ has a safe, low voltage output pulse on either the preamp level (RCA) plug or speaker jacks. It generates polarity pulses directly into a speaker or AUX input, or the technician can use pulse tracks from the included USB thumb drive and load them on a portable media device. The built-in microphone on the front of the tool then determines if the speaker cone moves outward with the pulse (correct polarity) or inward (reversed polarity). The low voltage of the pulse means no damage to CAN Bus wires, Air Bag wires or other sensitive circuits if the technician mistakes other vehicle wiring for audio signal or speaker wiring. In the past, technicians would sometimes try to ‘pop’ speakers with power tool batteries or tape wires to a 9V or D cell battery for this task. The PT-9A+ is a much safer and professional way to pulse speakers and determine absolute acoustic polarity.

The game-changing new feature of the PT-9A+ is that the speaker jacks not only function as outputs for generating output pulses, but the jacks can be configured to accept speaker-level INPUT up to 4VAC to identify the electrical polarity of an audio signal. This feature essentially tells the technician which wire is positive (+) and negative (-) so that, when doing an OEM audio integration job, the inputs to a DSP or amplifier can be configured correctly with respect to polarity. Cancellation between audio signals (acoustic or electrical) is the number one problem that plagues most car audio systems which exhibit poor sound performance. “When all of the audio system’s signals and speakers are correct in polarity, only then can the technician do effective tuning for optimum sound quality” adds Schmitt.

PT9A+ Features:
• Built-In Selectable Pulse Generator – Preamp Level (RCA) and Speaker Level Jacks
• Built-In Compact Microphone for Testing/Verifying Acoustic Speaker Polarity
• Speaker Level Jacks can be configured as Inputs for Electrical Signal Polarity Testing
• Low Volume Threshold for Safe Testing – System volume does need not be loud to test
• Easy-to-Understand Polarity LEDs – Green = Correct, Red = Incorrect
• Built-In Low Battery Indicator LED
• Includes USB Thumb Drive with Polarity Pulses and Pink Noise
• Comes with a Protective Storage Case, Quick Start Guide and Insulated Test Leads
• Uses a Standard 9V Battery (Not Included)

PT9A+ Applications:
• Test polarity of audio system speakers before starting an installation or tuning
• Generate pulses into the audio system to verify speaker location and polarity
• Test polarity of OEM audio signals at the source unit or amplifier output (up to 4V)
• Identify speaker location and polarity in OEM audio systems using internal pulse generator
• Verify polarity shift in active or passive crossovers (especially 12dB/octave applications)
• Optimize subwoofer polarity to blend with other system speakers for “up front” bass

The PT-9A+ is in stock at Mobile Solutions and shipping now. Special launch pricing of $99.99 is offered for a limited time by using the coupon code “PT9A-2020” upon checkout at http://www.mobilesolutions-USA.com.

For more information about the PT-9A+ Polarity Tester or to place orders on any Mobile Solutions products, visit www.mobilesolutions-USA.com, or call 480-968-2074.

Mobile Solutions’ Subwoofer Profile Gauges

TEMPE, AZ (07.21.2020)Mobile Solutions announces the release of a new and innovate product for subwoofer enclosure fabrication; the MS Subwoofer Profile Gauges. The super-light, 1/4 inch expanded PVC plastic fitment gauges are silkscreened with the exact dimensional profile of a specific subwoofer, including its specifications such as power handling, multiple diameter measurements and mounting depth details. These innovative fitment gauges were developed in collaboration with Juan “JT” Torres, former ME-Mag Installer of the Year and Owner of HB Automotive Entertainment.

Available currently as a complete five (5) piece JL Audio set with clear acrylic storage tray or individually, these Subwoofer Profile Gauges help technicians and fabricators speed up the process of trial fitting a subwoofer into a custom enclosure where space of depth or placement near ports and bracing are an additional challenge in tight quarters.

This image shows the Mobile Solutions subwoofer profile gauge in use checking the fit for the mounting flange countersink, plus the depth.

“With the popularity of under-seat truck subwoofer enclosures and other small profile or down-facing applications such as consoles and up under the dash, the necessity to check fit and verify clearance is highly important” comments Mobile Solutions President Bryan Schmitt. He notes that using these lightweight profile gauges avoids the need to bring the subwoofer itself out of its packaging, which exposes an open magnet structure to unnecessary microscopic sawdust and/or fiberglass dust, as well as exposing the cone, surround and dust cap areas of the subwoofer to oils and solvents on the hands of the fabricator. “It’s not only lighter and easier for the fabricator to do trial fitting using the profile gauges, but it means preserving the subwoofer’s integrity until it’s time for final fitting well after the dust and dirt of fabrication has been completed” continued Schmitt.

Mobile Solutions believes this approach to using Subwoofer Profile Gauges as the fitment guide can only help to mitigate premature product failures as a result of subwoofers themselves being over-handled in the enclosure fabrication and vehicle build stages. Plus, subwoofers are heavy and awkward to trial fit in tight spaces or downward-facing applications. Another advantage is that, should subwoofers be backordered and not in stock, a retailer can move ahead with a custom enclosure build with confidence knowing the subwoofer(s) will fit once received and ready to install.

The five (5) piece JL Audio set of Subwoofer Profile Gauges (SI-JLPRO-PKG) includes fitment for:

  • 13TW5v2
  • 12TW3 and 10TW3
  • 12W3v3 and 10W3v3
  • Also includes Clear Acrylic Storage Tray

Mobile Solutions is offering the JL Audio Subwoofer Profile Gauges, as the set or individually, for a limited time through July 31, 2020 at special launch pricing:

Although it was not part of the initial design criteria, Schmitt and Torres both noted that using these gauges to verify fit and keeping the subwoofers packaged until they are to be finally installed increases the safety of the technician and customer from COVID-19 concerns of surface germ transfer. “Cleaning subwoofer cones, surrounds and exposed parts with harsh chemicals to disinfect is harmful to the delicate subwoofer materials. With our Subwoofer Profile Gauges it makes contact with the product much less and safer for everyone in the end” adds Schmitt. The Subwoofer Profile Gauges themselves are easily cleaned and disinfected with an alcohol-based cleaner or simply using soap and water. Neither cleaning process harms the silkscreen nor plastic material on the profile gauges.

To maximize the efficiency of these JL Audio Subwoofer Profile Gauges and the construction of custom subwoofer enclosures, Mobile Solutions also offers durable shatter-resistant plastic specialty-shaped templates that speed the process of creating mounting, countersinking and a pressed grille  cutouts for the shallow-mount JL Audio 10TW3, 12TW3 & 13TW5 subwoofer frames with the difficult to replicate mounting flange offsets. Other completely round-frame subwoofers can simply use the Mobile Solutions Circle Smart Templates as a guide for mounting and countersink cutouts. 

For more information about the Subwoofer Profile Gauges or to place orders on any Mobile Solutions products, check out www.mobilesolutions-USA.com, or call 480-968-2074.

Mobile Solutions Webinar Explores the Future

TEMPE, AZ (04.22.2020) – Mobile Solutions delivered a live webinar on April 15 aimed toward retailers thinking about the new normal of what business looks like on the other side of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 300 people attended the live stream. Since then the recorded version has had over 800 views, increasing by 45-50 per day.

To view a recording of the April 15 webinar, click here.

During the one hour webinar, Bryan Schmitt discussed the importance of being ready to respond when business returns and doors open again. He underscored new methodologies that include sterilizing customer vehicles before and after work is performed Schmitt encouraged retailers to communicate this to clientele through in-store signage, social media outreach and email marketing campaigns.

“We have to proactively communicate to the consumer that, as an industry, we are committed to take extra measures to ensure the work we perform in vehicles is done with their safety in mind,” commented Schmitt. He feels that this will go a long way to making people comfortable enough to bring in their vehicles knowing that cleaning and protecting surfaces are a top priority.

“In the early days of car audio it was simple to be successful. Now, with all the competition and the diversity of the business (mobile electronics, not car stereo) you must be on your game and be ready to adapt,” remarked Dalesandro of End Result, who encouraged 12 volt retailers to attend.

End Result represents Mobile Solutions in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia and Dalesandro is well known for helping his retailers become better business owners through frequent in-person training events.

Other topics Schmitt discussed during the webinar included taking the down time to organize, clean and paint installation bays so that the workshop areas appear more like the high-end service bays at a car dealership rather than a dreary garage.

“White walls and great lighting go a long way in making an impression, plus it’s just a better working environment,” added Schmitt. He suggests retailers take down the manufacturer banners, calendars and other non-essential wall clutter so that signage is clear and easy to understand.

To view a recording of the April 15 webinar, click here.

Mobile Solutions will be presenting other fabrication and retailer-focused webinars in the weeks ahead. Keep an eye out on Facebook, Instagram and their website for those announcements. Sign up for the email list at www.mobilesolutions-USA.com to receive the latest information directly.

JL Audio and Mobile Solutions Tacos and Tunes Training Evening

TEMPE, AZ (03.13.2020) – JL Audio collaborated with Mobile Solutions and their Master Tech OEM Integration class on Friday evening, March 6th. JL Audio sponsored Bryan Schmitt’s class by providing a dinner for attendees. While everyone enjoyed Tacos from a local food truck and Rob Haynes, Technical Trainer with JL Audio, provided an educational training to support the OEM integration class Schmitt and the team at Mobile Solutions provided earlier in the day.

The meeting room was packed for the Rob Haynes JL Audio presentation at the Homewood Suites.

“The meeting room at the Homewood Suites was packed. Everyone in the audience was really tuned. It was a long day for them with the session at Mobile Solutions earlier in the day but all wanted to learn and were very engaged” Haynes stated.

Demo cars drew attention in the parking lot as all enjoyed tacos.

Bryatt Fischer, JL Audio Marketing Director, related “The turnout for the evening event was really good. Jon Ash-Pacific Coast Marketing, JLAudio’s AZ/NM/Las Vegas representative, did an amazing job of pounding the pavement and getting the word out about this great gathering to educate and demonstrate some of the products JL Audio offers.”

JL Audio’s Bryatt Fischer and Rob Haynes (R) flank Mobile Solutions’ Bryan Schmitt after the training session.

JL Audio also had several team members, from the Phoenix office, demonstration vehicles on hand; most featuring JL Audio’s premier C7 component drivers for active systems and VXi amplifiers with integrated DSP. Darrell Chapman (Director of Operations-Phoenix), George Babers (Logistics Manager-Phoenix) and Dan Borzone (Electrical Engineer) were onsite with their personal vehicles to show all “How We Play.”

The evening training session and dinner, at the Homewood Suites, was open for all local dealers to attend.

When: Friday, March 6th starting at 6 pm

Where: Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area2104 E Rio Salado ParkwayTempe, AZ 85281, US hilton.com/en/hotels/phxtuhw-homewood-suites-phoenix-tempe-asu-area/

What: FREE food from a local Taco Truck and outdoor dining during Arizona’s best weather of the year. Experience a fleet of demo vehicles with JL Audio’s premier C7 and VXi products withJL Audio’s Technical Trainer, Rob Haynes, providing an educational training,

Visit jlaudio.com and mobilesolutions-usa.com for more.

JL Audio to Sponsor Dinner with Night Training at the Mobile Solutions Master Tech / OEM Integration, March 6th Class

MIRAMAR, FL (03.05.2020) – JL Audio is collaborating with Mobile Solutions and their Master Tech OEM Integration class on Friday, March 6th. JL Audio will be sponsoring Bryan Schmitt’s class by providing a dinner for attendees. While everyone is enjoying Tacos from a local food truck, Rob Haynes, Technical Trainer with JL Audio, will be providing an educational training to support the OEM integration class Schmitt and the team at Mobile Solutions provided during the day.

Rob Haynes, JL’s Technical Trainer

JL Audio will also have several demonstration vehicles on hand; most featuring JL Audio’s premier C7 component drivers for active systems and VXi amplifiers with integrated DSP.

The evening training session and dinner is open to all local dealers to attend, so make your plans join JL Audio and Mobile Solutions for Tacos and Tunes.

This is a night you don’t want to miss.

When: Friday, March 6th starting at 6 PM

Where:
Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area (Click for info)
2104 E Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281, US

What:
FREE food from a local Taco Truck and outdoor dining during Arizona’s best weather of the year. Experience a fleet of demo vehicles with JL Audio’s premier C7 and VXi products with

JL Audio’s Technical Trainer, Rob Haynes, providing an educational training.

Visit jlaudio.com for more.

Mobile Solutions and West Coast Customs Take a Ride

TEMPE, AZ (03.04.2020) – Mobile Solutions has expanded its long-running partnership with West Coast Customs (WCC) by providing fabrication tools for the new West Coast Racers roller coaster ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. Mobile Solutions and WCC have been partners for many years as WCC uses MS tools and Smart Templates™ for numerous high-visibility vehicle customization projects, many of which have appeared on television.

· Top shows the front entrance to the roller coaster ride.
· Lower left shows one of the two passenger cars (one blue, one red).
· Lower middle shows Kenny Williams of WCC (left) and Bryan Schmitt (right).
· Lower right shows one of the mocked up shop scenes with MS Smart Templates on the wall.

The WCC-themed roller coaster ride, which opened to the public January 9, 2020, features mocked up vignettes that replicate the various shop areas at the real West Coast Customs facility in Burbank, CA. The idea is to give riders the feeling that they’re touring the WCC shop seeing the tools and experiencing what happens as vehicles are built. Riders travel through the metal shop, paint booth and fabrication areas. Bryan Schmitt of Mobile Solutions commented “This is a proud moment for our company seeing our tools on the wall and staged just like the WCC shop for millions to see every year.” It’s estimated 12 million people will ride West Coast Racers every year.

Schmitt and his team recently met with West Coast Customs Founder and CEO Ryan Friedlinghaus at the WCC company headquarters to hear Ryan’s vision on the roller coaster and how it’s taken over eight years to turn the idea into reality. Schmitt and his team were then escorted by Kenny Williams, WCC’s Operations Manager, along with a other WCC team members to the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park where they all enjoyed a VIP tour of the ride and, of course, experienced the roller coaster firsthand. During the three-minute ride, each of the two cars running takes a pause and pulls into a replica of the West Coast Customs shop to listen to a narration given by Ryan [Friedlinghaus] before moving back on to the tracks.

Bryan Schmitt and his team thank Ryan Friedlinghaus and Kenny Williams for the inclusion of Mobile Solutions in the West Coast Racers project. “Kenny has really been our ambassador to being closely involved with both the WCC shop and the roller coaster ride. We enjoy working with West Coast Customs and look forward to continuing the relationship and having even more of our products involved in the ride” remarks Schmitt.

For more information on the West Coast Racers ride at Six Flags Magic
https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/attractions/west-coast-racers