Wednesday, 21 October 2020 16:23

CIECA 2020R2 Release Debuts New Calibration Standards for Collision Industry


CIECA (Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association) announced it completed the 2020R2 Release of the CIECA Standards for the collision repair industry, including new calibration standards developed by CIECA’s Calibration Committee and an enhancement to CIECA’s scanning standards.

“With the rise of ADAS technologies in vehicles today, it is necessary to calibrate the sensors as part of the repair,” said Paulette Reed, CIECA’s technical project manager/business analyst. “The industry identified the need to exchange this information among industry partners in the supply chain, and as a result, new standards were created by the CIECA Calibration Committee.”


“CIECA’s mission is the exchange of electronic data within the collision repair industry,” said Darrell Amberson, chairman of CIECA’s Calibration Committee and president of operations at LaMettry’s Collision. “The Calibration Committee worked diligently to develop and maintain message standards and codes for the industry in regard to the calibration process and properly documenting all of the procedures.”


Formed in January 2019, CIECA’s Calibration Committee represents all segments of the collision repair industry. This includes repairers, insurers, information providers, OEMs, parts providers, car rental companies, recyclers, financial services, glass companies, vendors of scan and calibration tools, and calibration service providers.


During the weekly meetings, led by CIECA’s former project coordinator, Charley Quirt, the committee identified the business needs of each industry segment.


“By creating industry standards for calibration, it will enable the data to be shared electronically with everyone involved in the process,” said Quirt. “Consumers demand an assurance of vehicle safety and function, and setting standards is the first step toward this goal."


Gene Lopez, a member of the Calibration Committee and director of development and training at Seidner’s Collision Centers, said committee participants also drafted a document with details on the calibration process. This includes information from the initial pre-scan to the disassembly of the damaged vehicle, blueprinting, discovering Diagnostics Trouble Codes (DTCs), vehicle repair, the post-scan process and calibration functions.

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