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SCRS Announces Featured Experts for OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit

The presenters, moderators, and panelists will highlight architectural and technological developments in modern vehicles, and how those advancements intersect with the repair process.

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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced it has compiled a slate of the industry’s most respected subject matter experts for the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit to be held Nov. 5th from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in room N241 at the SEMA Show.

SCRS states that these experts bring rich histories of involvement in the sophisticated advancements seen in the automotive and collision repair fields. The presenters, moderators and panelists will highlight architectural and technological developments in modern vehicles, and how those advancements intersect with the repair process. Every participant can benefit from better insight into how vehicles and materials are evolving, what that means in the repair process and what will be expected of those who are performing these repairs.

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The day will be broken into three segments, and attendees can register for all three as a complete series or for each independently. All three segments of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit are included in the RDE Full Series Pass.

On-site registrations can be secured in the main show registration area or outside the session rooms.

Room N241 can be found on the upper level of the North Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The upper level can be accessed by the escalator next to the food court in the North Hall Lobby.


9:30-10:30 a.m. OEM1 | Structural Connectivity – Understanding the Future of Automaker Joining Techniques

Featuring: Steve Marks, industry technical support manager, I-CAR (moderator); Doug Craig, technical application engineer, LORD Corporation; Klaus Reitzig, chief engineer and director, Wielander + Schill Engineering; Oliver Woelfel, president, Advanced Collision Repair Solutions; Shawn Collins, senior technical service engineer, 3M

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A panel of specialists with backgrounds in automotive joining will discuss the advanced structural joining approaches being used in modern automotive architecture. The panelists will have expertise in riveting, bonding and welding of aluminum, steel and mixed materials.

10:30-11:30 a.m. OEM1 | Tech Crunch – The Role of Programming and Diagnostics in Post-Repair Road Worthiness

Featuring: Aaron Clark, vice president of technical compliance, Assured Performance Network (moderator); Chuck Olsen, director of diagnostics and technical support, Collision Diagnostic Services; Eric Mendoza, collision repair and refinish training assistant manager, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.; John Ellis, managing director, Ellis & Associates; John Waraniak, vice president, vehicle technology, SEMA

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A panel of automakers and technology specialists discuss the real-world application of vehicle scans, diagnostics and calibrations. These subject matter experts will bring a focus on technical aspects of vehicle scan code requirements and the role that diagnostic testing plays in repairing vehicles and restoring roadworthiness.

12:30-2:30 p.m. OEM2 | The Future of Aluminum in the Automotive Industry

Presented by: Doug Richman, vice president of engineering and technology, Kaiser Aluminum

Also featuring: Brandin Benson, service engineer, Product Technical Support, Mercedes-Benz USA; Mark Allen, specialist, Collision Programs & Workshop Equipment, Audi of America; Mark Szlachta, advanced service of design engineer, GM

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A presentation on technological advancements in aluminum manufacturing, construction and engineering, joining and other advancements that are predicted to impact how frequently aluminum will be present in your repair facility, and how it will be used on automotive bodies. The presentation will include perspectives on how lightweighting is driving innovation, and the role repairability plays in aluminum development.

Following the presentation, a panel of automakers will join the presenter on stage to further discuss the real-world application of aluminum structures in vehicle design, vehicle safety and vehicle repairability.

3-5 p.m. OEM3 | The Continuing Evolution of Advanced Steels in Automotive Bodies

Presented by: Dr. Blake Zuidema, director of automotive product applications, ArcelorMittal

Also featuring: Chris Tobie, instructional designer, American Honda Motor Co.; Joe DiDonato, technical training administrator, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.; John Hughes, collision repair responsible, FCA; Robert Hartman, team leader – North American Structures & Closures, GM

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Automotive lightweighting and looming governmental expectations relative to emissions standards are driving major changes and innovations in the steel industry. Aluminum may have been all the rage in collision industry information, but steel continues to be poised to play the most significant role in the automotive footprint for the foreseeable future – although, not necessarily the same steel that the industry is accustomed to. This program will elaborate on technological advancements in steel manufacturing that have driven change in automotive structural designs, and to make parts that meet the expectations of safer, lighter and more advanced automobiles.

Following the presentation, a panel of automakers will join onstage to further discuss the real-world application of steel structures in vehicle design, vehicle safety and vehicle repairability.

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You can register for the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit and other RDE sessions at www.scrs.com/rde.


To read more on this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, click here.

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