The session will look at how vehicles, materials, technologies and trends are evolving in ways that will impact repair processes and repair businesses.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced the third and final session of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit: Research and validation of calibration solutions. The Summit will take place Nov. 2 in the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the 2023 SEMA Show.

The first session begins at 9 a.m., and concludes with this final session from 1-2:30 p.m. Register online for this and other Repairer Driven Education (RDE) sessions here.

The OEM Summit offers attendees the opportunity to learn how vehicles, materials, technologies and trends are evolving in ways that will impact repair processes and repair businesses. Collision repair centers have an increasing responsibility around proper calibration of safety systems on ADAS-equipped vehicles following a repair. This third session will explore pathways equipment manufacturers are taking to validate their solutions against varying sets of standards and approvals.

Jordan Krebs, product manager, alignment and ADAS, Americas of Snap-on Equipment, will join Summit attendees to discuss the process of and learnings gained from seeking out and receiving OEM approvals from specific manufacturers. John Bean manufactures the Tru-Point ADAS calibration solution designed to perform recalibration according to the OEM specifications.

Josh McFarlin, president of AirPro Diagnostics, will then detail the process and results of independent testing on the Auggie, a patented, mobile device for static recalibrations, using the NHTSA NCAP Crash Imminent Braking (CIB) or AEB and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) test scenarios on vehicles re-calibrated with their solution. The tests were performed by FT Techno of America (FTTA), an independent vehicle evaluation company, at the Fowlerville Proving Grounds in Michigan.

Following the presentations, these equipment manufacturers will be joined by a panel of individuals from the collision repair industry, familiar with requirements, expectations and challenges in performing OEM-compliant calibrations. The panel will include Mike Anderson, president of Collision Advice; Andy Tylka, owner of TAG Auto Group and Midwest ADAS; and Mandy Wynn, national training and support manager for DCR Systems, LLC.

The Summit features two additional sessions earlier in the day.

Session I: Understanding OEM Insurance will be held from 9-10:30 a.m., featuring Andrew Rose, president of OnStar Insurance, Mike Slattery, head of insurance for Rivian, and Rob Spencer, president of Toyota Insurance and vice president of Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC). They will provide a deep dive into the emerging world of OEM insurance programs, insurance products designed and underwritten to deliver unique coverage to complement their vehicles and positively impact the consumer experience during the claims and repair process.

Session II: North American Automotive Material Outlook and Implications to Collision Repair will be held from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Led by Abey Abraham, principal, automotive and materials, and Bertrand Rakoto, director, strategic intelligence, both with Ducker Carlisle, the session will outline research on the expected metallic and non-metallic material strategies collision repair facilities will encounter.

Following the presentation, Abraham and Rakoto will introduce Dan Black, senior manager, service engineering-collision at Rivian, and Matthew Pitta, body repair technical manager at Lucid Motors, to discuss material selections in their models, and important details the industry will need to understand when repairing those vehicles.

The 2023 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit is made possible with additional support from AirPro Diagnostics, BASF Automotive Refinish, Car-O-Liner, CCC Intelligent Solutions, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Reliable Automotive Equipment Inc., Toyota Motor North America and SEMA.

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