Chris Sterwerf of Fairfield Auto and Truck Service in Fairfield, OH, is the chairman of TMC’s Heavy Duty Collision Repair Guideline Task Force and is leading the charge to create HD collision repair procedures.
Currently, exploration and guidelines for frame repair and refinishing are on the table. During a break-out meeting at the TMC event, Sterwerf took several other suggestions for areas to explore, including how and when to check other chassis components such as steering mechanisms.
HD Repair Forum Event
On April 2 and 3, the second annual HD Repair Forum was held in Fort Worth, TX, drawing an enthusiastic crowd of about 250 HD repairers, shop owners, consultants, technical advisors and OE executives. It was founded in 2018 by Brian Nessen, perhaps best known for his work with the Stone Fort Group managing the auto collision industry’s NACE show, and long-time collision industry veteran Dan Risley, known for his work with Automotive Service Association and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists.
The Forum featured a wide array of speakers from several different disciplines within the truck and auto collision repair industry. Among those featured on the truck OE side were Bill Kahn, applications engineer for Peterbilt Motors; T.J. O’Hanlon, director of private label brands for Navistar; and Gregory Treinen, advanced technology marketing manager for Daimler representing Freightliner and Western Star Trucks.
Also featured were presentations from Bob Morris of the Gas Technology Institute and Wally Dubno, sales managers for Clean Energy Fuels, who talked about the future of CNG and LNG as fuels for heavy trucks and some of the things about which repairers need to be cautious.
Among the other presenters were two representatives from 3M who provided highly detailed presentations on practical repair of HD trucks, a representative from Chief who addressed HD truck damage analysis, and a representative from technology company Diesel Laptops who talked about HD truck scanning. In addition, about 25 vendors, including Axalta and PPG, featured table-top displays providing attendees a chance to talk directly with company representatives.