The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has announced additional details on the morning session (9:30-11:30 a.m.) of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit. The summit, to be held Nov. 3rd during the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, will continue to focus on emerging trends in vehicle construction and technology, and how those aspects influence vehicle repairability. The program is designed to put SEMA Show attendees in a room with innovators in automotive structural design and technology, providing one of the most unique networking and learning opportunities available to the collision repair industry.
Attendees can register now to attend any of the three different segments offered throughout the day, which can be selected individually or collectively as part of the RDE Full Series Pass. Registration options can be found at www.scrs.com/rde.
The first session (OEM1 | Restoring Vehicle Functionality through Electronic Technology and Diagnostics) will discuss how vehicle technology and function advancements meet consumer expectations for safety, convenience and luxury options, and the role of diagnosing accident and repair-related failures in the systems. Restoring the functions, calibrating sensors and documenting the restoration of the technological elements in the vehicle become a pivotal part of the repair process.
Moderator John Ellis of Ellis & Associates will lead a two-part panel to explore the responsibilities expected of the collision repair providers and solutions available for the industry to fulfill those tasks. This session will feature two distinguished panels. The first will be comprised of automakers with documented positions outlining the necessity to perform pre- and post-repair scans as part of the repair process. The conversation will cover the technological developments that are precipitating the need for a more systematic approach to identifying, documenting and correcting Diagnostic Trouble Codes. The panel will include:
- FCA | John Hughes, Collision Repair Responsible
- Nissan North America | Justin Miller, planner, Certified Collision
- American Honda Motor Co. | Chris Tobie, Collision Business specialist
- Toyota Motor Sales, USA | Eric Mendoza, Collision Repair & Refinish Training assistant manager
The second panel will feature diagnostic equipment and service providers that have developed technological solutions for the industry. The conversation will identify different mechanisms available to the collision repair community and address unique challenges and advantages associated with each. Repairers in attendance will leave with a better understanding of options available to their business. The panel will include:
- AirPro Diagnostics, LLC | Chuck Olsen, executive director of operations
- Robert Bosch LLC | Bob Pattengale, training manager
- Collision Diagnostic Services | Doug Kelly, CEO
- Snap-On Diagnostics | Jason Gabrenas, national diagnostics trainer
- I-CAR | Jason Bartanen, director – Industry Technical Relations
This is a “can’t miss” session, according to SCRS. The future of the collision repair industry is highly skilled professionals working on highly sophisticated automobiles that require the industry to embrace the necessary investments in training and equipment. But it also relies on informed business owners who understand how to define for themselves what a sustainable and successful business model to support that investment looks like.
Attendees are encouraged to register early, as space will be limited for each of these sessions. Click here to register for the SEMA Show and SCRS Repairer Driven Education series, including the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit.