Mobile Solutions Brings 2021 Product Line to SEMA Show

TEMPE, AZ (11.01.2021) – Mobile Solutions will fulfill its 16th year of exhibiting and teaching at the 2021 SEMA show, scheduled for November 2-5, 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. The company will present its products at Booth No. 12445 in the Mobile Electronics & Technology section of the North Hall. Bryan Schmitt, president and head instructor will be on hand to greet attendees and demonstrate the company’s products.

Among the products to be highlighted at the show, the Arc Guide Template system allows fabricators to add stylish touches to wood surfaces. The 11-piece kit comprises arcs with a radius of 20 to 36 inches alongside straight pieces of three lengths. Also featured is the new Magnet Fitment kit, which enables quick, easy and secure flush-mounting of magnets to secure speaker grilles or panels. The kit includes four sizes of Magnet Match countersink bits to create perfect, flat holes at the proper depth. Smart Mag Alignment Plates ensure each magnet is inserted with precision.

The new GT Template system adds another series of fabrication shaping guides to the Mobile Solutions ecosystem. Nine template pieces—including four pieces that can be used separately or as part of the largest template ring—give fabricators expanded creative flexibility when building pressed grilles or close-contact panels.

In addition to the booth presence, Mobile Solutions’ Bryan Schmitt will headline a seminar as part of the annual SEMA Education series. Titled, “Seamless Visual Integration of Modern Electronics into Vehicles,” the session will focus on upgrading classic and custom vehicles with the latest technology while retaining the vehicle’ original style and design flow. The session takes place in Room N257 at 1:00PM PT on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Gary Bell, accomplished vehicle designer and owner of Define Concepts in Orange, Calif., will moderate the seminar.

“In this uncertain climate, we recognize companies made the decision to attend or not attend SEMA based on factors that are unique and internal for each company,” said Schmitt. “We made the decision to continue our attendance at SEMA based on our own factors and look forward to seeing new and existing customers while participating in the safety measures implemented throughout the show.”

For more information on Mobile Solutions’ SEMA participation, visit mwi.re/MS-SEMA. Find out more about Mobile Solutions at mobilesolutions-usa.com.

Highly Successful “School of Fab” to Continue with Monthly Episodes

TEMPE, AZ (08.31.2021) – Mobile Solutions has expanded its agreement with Car Audio Fabrication to co-produce School of Fab, a video show centered on fabrication tools, tips and techniques for automotive aftermarket professionals. School of Fab will be presented live the first Thursday of each month on the School of Fab Facebook page.

Car Audio Fabrication (CAF) is a popular YouTube channel intended for car audio professionals and enthusiasts. Videos feature innovative, hands-on fabrication techniques from Mark, its enthusiastic host. The channel boasts more than a half-million subscribers and is approaching 400 videos.

Bryan Schmitt is founder and lead instructor of Mobile Solutions, which produces fabrication-centric tooling and products and has provided in-house professional instruction to more than 10,000 technicians and fabricators. Mobile Solutions has a worldwide footprint, with professional training and product distribution training in 18 countries.

Mark and Bryan kicked off the first episode of School of Fab August 5th to an industrywide audience, showcasing live, unique router techniques and reviewing recent vehicle builds. The pair also made the first official announcement of MasterTech Expo, Mobile Solutions’ first tradeshow-sized training event and product exhibition, to be held March 6-9 at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Ariz. School of Fab will be a significant component of MasterTech Expo, comprising four classes in a specialized certificate course.

“With CAF attracting new car audio enthusiasts and Mobile Solutions training top-tier professionals, the partnership for this live show lets us reach every level of custom fabrication,” said Mark. “Our differing backgrounds and expertise lead to an interesting dynamic on the show that results in a clear and powerful presentation for the viewer.”

“Mark is a highly respected fabricator and excellent presenter who has provided invaluable benefit to our students and the industry overall,” added Bryan. “We are thrilled to continue this partnership with him and CAF for the School of Fab live series, and look forward to co-instructing classes at MasterTech Expo in front of eager and enthusiastic attendees.”

The second episode of School of Fab airs September 2 at 8PM CST. For more information on School of Fab, please visit SchoolofFab.com. To attend MasterTech Expo, register at mastertechexpo.com.

Automotive Aftermarket Legend Mark Fukuda to Keynote MasterTech Expo

TEMPE, AZ (08.13.2021) – Mobile Solutions has announced that Mark Fukuda will present the keynote address for its first annual MasterTech Expo training and learning event, to be held March 6-9, 2022 at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Ariz. In addition, Fukuda will teach a course alongside Tom Miller, decorated fabricator and owner of Musicar in Portland, Ore. The duo will present innovative fabrication techniques as part of the event’s “School of Fab” education curriculum.

Entitled “Keys to Success,” the keynote address will take place March 9 prior to the event’s awards presentation. Fukuda will provide an engaging mix of life and career experience with an insightful roadmap to navigating the industry’s current challenges.

Fukuda has a storied and colorful history in the automotive aftermarket. As a car audio competitor, he holds the record for six consecutive world championships as well as 12 SPL (sound pressure level) records and 11 national championships from various competition organizations. His award-winning 1989 Chevy Astro van has become an icon in competitive circles. Achieving Master-level certification from MECP (Mobile Electronics Certified Professionals) in 1995, Fukuda has won numerous awards including Installer of the Year for Car Stereo Review, USACi (Unites States Autosound Competition International) and other publications.

Mark Fukuda

Fukuda’s continued creative mastery and willingness to share knowledge led to a substantial career path, founding a retail store, installation training facility and home theater building service. He later spent five years with Rockford Corporation before venturing into sales representation and distribution, leading to his current role as president and CEO of Wave Electronics.

Fukuda will be joined at MasterTech Expo by the same vehicle that put him on so many winning stages and magazine covers. The iconic Rockford Fosgate-themed Astro van, which Fukuda is currently modernizing with custom-built modifications, will be on display in front of Rockford Fosgate’s booth.

“Words don’t describe the sheer impact Mark has had on this industry,” said Bryan Schmitt, CEO and founder of MasterTech Expo. “Despite his success, he has always been willing to take guys aside and offer his advice and experience. The personal effect on many professionals in our industry, myself included, has provided us direction, drive and purpose. We are so deeply honored to have him at our inaugural event.”

Automotive aftermarket professionals can register for Mobile Solutions’ MasterTech Expo by visiting mastertechexpo.com/attendee-registration. Tuition for the learning event is $799.00. Hotel accommodations can be made at mastertechexpo.com/host-hotel.

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MasterTech Expo Event Announcement

MESA, AZ (06.25.2021) – Mobile Solutions has announced an expansion of its successful MasterTech programs into a four day event called MasterTech Expo on March 6-9, 2022 in Mesa, AZ. “Given how the past year affected how we all view in-person training, my team and I felt our educational offerings needed to evolve into a more compelling event focusing on crossover of different skills and learning paths” comments Bryan Schmitt, MasterTech Expo event director.

MasterTech Expo takes place at the Mesa Convention Center. The collaborative event includes hyper-focused, professional-grade education workshops to meet skillsets of all levels in the electrical, upholstery, fabrication, design and automation disciplines of aftermarket automotive interiors and customization. World-class leaders in their specific areas of expertise lead the instruction of each workshop series. MasterTech Expo offers four distinct workshop trajectories, each with multiple sessions that build upon one another for maximum learning and retention. There is a series of learning workshops for every skill set and discipline, whether an automotive interior trimmer, 12 volt car audio installer, custom vehicle builder, automotive designer, fabricator, aftermarket automotive business owner and more.

In addition to the learning focus, select manufacturers, service providers and industry influencers are invited to exhibit and share their technologies and application experience with the attendees. A wide variety of exhibitors from 12 volt electronics and audio to fabrication tools, upholstery and automation ensure a balanced approach and broad exposure to all important facets of the aftermarket automotive segment working on vehicle interior customization.

A unique highlight at MasterTech Expo is a two-team build off competition in which of experienced builders, along with some attendees, each dive in for a hands-on build of application-based projects that takes place over the duration of the event. “This is one of the most effective methods to both show techniques and demonstrate how to think in a production mindset. It just adds a whole new level of engagement” adds Schmitt. MasterTech in-person training has historically involved one or more hands-on builds by the program instructors while the combined process of classroom and shop-based learning are in progress.

More detailed information can be found at the official event website, MasterTechExpo.com and includes workshop descriptions, hotel information, event schedule, cost to attend, event registration and so much more. While the event’s exhibit spaces are largely sold out, interested exhibitors can contact info@mastertechexpo.com for more information.

Mobile Solutions Speaker Templates for Sony Mobile ES Line

TEMPE, AZ (06.24.2021) – Mobile Solutions announces the release of ST-SONY-KIT, a time-saving eight piece speaker template set designed and engineered specifically for the new Sony Mobile ES speaker line. Manufactured from durable black plastic and etched with the individual product IDs, each of the speakers in the Mobile ES lineup has two supporting templates; a baseplate template for the mounting surface/opening and a flush template for the speaker grille diameter to accommodate flush or recessed custom mounting. Sony Car Audio Distribution Sales Manager Anthony Tozzi commented “We are excited to be launching the new Sony Mobile ES speakers, and these templates ensure the best possibility for ease and accuracy of installation. Mobile Solutions creates great products, and these custom install templates for the four common speaker sizes in the current Sony Mobile ES lineup will help make the technician’s fabrication tasks easier for custom installations.”

“We engineered these templates to make installations of Sony Mobile ES speakers faster and more effective than having the technician create their own templating system” explains Bryan Schmitt, founder and CEO at Mobile Solutions. These days speed and efficiency are an important element in installation bays so that labor dollars and product performance is maximized. Certain innovations in the Sony Mobile ES speakers, such as the Separated Notch Edge Surround on the subwoofer and component 6.5” mean that optimal mounting surfaces using the baseplate template as a starting point are critical to allow the speaker’s optimal performance envelope. With the second precisely sized flush template, installation of grilles – either those included or if custom fabricated – is an easy way to protect the speaker and facilitate a more integrated appearance. “At the $99.99 price point, a retailer can easily make their investment on the templates back on the first component set or subwoofer install and feel confident the performance will not be negatively affected by the mounting arrangement” continued Schmitt.

Although made for the XS-162ES woofer in the 2-way component set, the template will also accommodate the Sony Mobile ES XS-160ES 2-way coaxial speaker. The XS-680ES is a 6×8” 2-way coaxial that is intended for factory locations, thereby not requiring a custom mounting template solution. “The folks at Sony Car Audio have been great to work with on this project and it’s exciting to see a manufacturer’s team go the extra step to help their retailers have the tools to be more efficient and accurate in their custom installation efforts. We think this is a great way to compliment the launch of this premium speaker line” commented Bryan Schmitt.

Sony Car Audio’s National Product Trainer, Kris Bulla, added “We are excited to get back to in-person trainings and will be reminding technicians of these custom templates as we go through the design and detail of the speakers themselves during Sony Mobile ES product training throughout the country and at events like KnowledgeFest.” Bulla and fellow Sony Car Audio Tech Team members are scheduled to train thousands of installation technicians, sales professionals and retail car audio business owners this year.

ST-SONY-KIT Features:

  • Manufactured from durable 1/4″ black plastic
  • Eight (8) piece total, two (2) templates per speaker size
  • Etched with precision alignment lines and product identification
  • Pre-positioned speaker mounting holes for accuracy and proper grille orientation
  • Made in Arizona USA!
  • Cost = $99.99

Includes:

  • XS-W104ES 10” – Mounting Template and Flush Template
  • XS-690ES 6”x9” – Mounting Template and Flush Template
  • XS-162ES 6.5” – Mounting Template and Flush Template (also works with XS-160ES coaxial)
  • XS-162ES Tweeter – Mounting Template and Flush Template

The complete ST-SONY-KIT eight piece template set is offered at the introductory price of $99.99 and available now from Mobile Solutions.

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Mobile Solutions Introduces Oscar, an Innovative Work Surface

TEMPE, AZ, (06.03.2021) – Mobile Solutions announces the release of its newest innovation – OSCAR. This patented, innovative work surface is engineered to be used for cutting, sanding and other fabrication-related tasks while minimizing cleanup and airborne dust. Made from CNC-machined MDF, it’s engineered to fit atop standard 33 gallon garbage cans and is low cost enough to be sacrificial so messy cutting and body work tasks need not ruin laminated or other finished shop work surfaces. It also has precisely positioned holes to create a downdraft vacuum in the open, ducted middle layer and maximize airborne dust collection when paired with the optional cyclone vacuum system or directly with a common shop vac.

“We worked on this design for a long time and optimized it to be a useful part of an efficient fabrication shop, whether a professional shop or in a DIY garage,” stated Mobile Solutions founder and CEO Bryan Schmitt. OSCAR saves space because it fits atop the common shop garbage can, as well as doubling as multiple work surfaces. It can be used for sanding, rough cutting with a jigsaw or any number of other, somewhat messy fabrication tasks.

“Since OSCAR is intended to be sacrificial, you need not feel bad about cuts, paint overspray or other things that would ruin a typical, more permanent work surface. You simply replace OSCAR with another one when it’s time,” added Schmitt. Mobile Solutions will also offer an OSCAR top replacement so that just the top surface can be replaced even more affordably.

How did OSCAR get its name? Schmitt says they’ve used this work surface in a more basic form since the company’s inception and very first training classes in 2004. He came up with the name to ensure his attendees would remember how important it was, so it needed to make an impression. Ultimately OSCAR was chosen because of the Sesame Street character of the same name who, you guessed it, was always in the garbage can. It’s been a staple at Mobile Solutions training sessions ever since. Now it’s just much more engineered in the sense it is thicker (more stable) and has the intricate dust collection capability to make it the ultimate shop garbage can topper. Mobile Solutions was awarded a US patent in 2020 for the design and application of OSCAR.

OSCAR pairs with an optional cyclone vacuum system that is based atop a standard five gallon bucket for dust particle collection and uses suction provided by a standard shop vac. The cyclone reduces 99% of the particles normally pulled into the shop vac and extends its life, as well as making the suction on the OSCAR work surface more efficient. Two vacuum ports on the bottom side of OSCAR are where the standard-sized dust collection hoses connect.

OSCAR Features:
• Measures 31” x 31” x 2.25” (thickness)
• CAD engineered and CNC-machined
• Dust collection that still allows full use of a garbage bin
• Fits standard 33 gallon garbage bins (not included)
• Two – 2.5” vacuum ports for single or double action (dust collection fittings sold separately)
• Made of durable yet sacrificial MDF wood
• Great for pros or hobbyists
• Made in Arizona USA!

OSCAR Work Applications:
• Jigsaw Rough Cutting
• Hand Routing
• Drilling
• Craft Woodworking
• Light Painting
• Fiberglass Work
• Plastic Fabrication
• Bodywork

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Mobile Solutions Introduces Smart Router Table System

TEMPE, AZ (03.08.2021) – Mobile Solutions announces the new Smart Router Table (SRT) system. It’s an industrial-grade router table with custom manufactured, welded and powder coated steel and has configurations that will suit any automotive audio or interior fabrication shop, from hardcore hobbyist to high-volume production operations. “It’s such an efficient way to add the production efficiency of a multi-bank router table without having to build it from the raw materials yourself. It’s a complete solution” says Mobile Solutions founder and president, Bryan Schmitt.

Schmitt and his team at Mobile Solutions designed and engineered the Smart Router Table (SRT) system to ensure that fabrication work has no barriers to efficiency, safety or quality. It is available in two or three bank configurations. The 1.25” high pressure laminated table top is balanced to ensure a level, safe surface on which to router even the most complex parts. Balancing a top involves lamination on both sides so the work surface doesn’t lose its true flat geometry. The top also has threaded inserts for machine hardware to bolt to the frame, as well as the optional particle management system.

For the optional router lifts, the work surface has CNC-machined openings for a precision fit. 1/16” steel router inserts are also included, which ensure the leveling screws on the router lift remain accurate over time, a very import feature so the work surface and router plate surface are always flush and safe.

The thick-wall, welded steel frame construction with adjustable 2” leveling feet means a sturdy footing while routers are spinning and parts cut or contoured on the router. The gloss clear powder coat finish of the frame is as good looking as it is functional and protective. Machine safety switches with a selectable left or right orientation and all necessary stainless steel mounting hardware are all included in the base system.

Smart Router Table (SRT) System Base Features
• Choose two or three bank configurations
• 1.25” high pressure, balanced and laminated work top surface
• White edge banding and light gray surface (laminated both sides)
• Precision CNC router lift openings with threaded inserts
• 1/16” steel router inserts
• Welded steel frame construction (1/8” wall thick) 3”x 3”and 3”x 6”
• Corrosion-resistant gloss clear powder coated finish
• 3/8”–16 stainless socket hardware
• 2” leveling feet
• Machine safety switches (left or right switch orientation)

Smart Router Table (SRT) System Add-Ons
• Patent-pending MS Dust Bucket particle management system
• MS precision CNC-machined router lifts
• A significant savings of both items is included when purchased with the SRT system versus purchased separately.

Prices start at $1829.99. A fully loaded three bank system with MS Dust Buckets and MS router lifts (as pictured top, center and lower right) is $2899.99. All tables are flat packed on a 60”x30” pallet and shipping costs are included in the contiguous 48 US States.

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Mobile Solutions Introduces Magnet Fitment System

TEMPE, AZ (02.03.2021) – Mobile Solutions announces its latest product release: the Magnet Fitment System. It’s a complete, solution-driven kit that aids fabricators in the use and installation of round neodymium magnets in place of traditional door or trim panel clips. “It’s the only kit of its kind” says company founder and president, Bryan Schmitt. He says that using this kit virtually eliminates difficulties commonly experienced when implementing these small, powerful magnets into custom interior and audio system builds.

“The problem when using neodymium magnets for panel attachments is common size drill bits are not precision-sized for a secure press fit and leave an angled bottom of the drilled hole” explains Schmitt. This means the mounting hole (also called the “pocket hole”) ends up larger than round magnet’s outer diameter and without a flat countersink at the bottom of the hole. “A precision, tight fit is critical because of the force of attraction between these magnets” continues Schmitt. In addition, because magnets require a specific polarity orientation to attract to one another (rather than oppose), positioning the magnets with a backward polarity orientation is a common mistake. The Mobile Solutions Magnet Fitment System solves all these problems with a solution-driven approach.

Custom CNC-machined Magnet Match countersink bits that are precision-sized for a secure press fit of MS neodymium magnets. This means precision mechanical fitment for most materials with a flat bottom surface. Smart Mag Alignment Plates assist with the magnet installation process.  These are machined out of 1/2” acrylic with corresponding flush-mounted magnets to ensure North and South polarity orientations are always correct.

Using the Magnet Fitment System is very easy. “It’s as simple as drilling a pilot hole through both surfaces (fixed surface and removable panel), countersinking the magnet pocket hole, embedding the magnet with correct polarity orientation and you’re done” explains Schmitt.

List price for the Magnet Fitment System is $299.99. For a short time the introductory pricing is just $249.99.

For more information on the Magnet Fitment System and view the How To video, visit www.mobilesolutions-usa.com.

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.