Friday, 23 July 2021 09:33

ADAS: Here to Stay, Not Driving Away

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com


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“One of the most important things we try to convey [about calibration training] is the best practice, knowing your environment and really what the manufacturer needs or what that system needs to calibrate,” said Emily Jackson, marketing director of Mygrant Glass, during a special ADAS session held during Auto Glass Week.

Jackson said the company has eight hours a day to train each individual.


George Lesniak, director of sales and training at Autel Automotive Intelligence USA, emphasized training as well. 


“There are so many important things when it comes to training, let alone ADAS training," Lesniak said. "I guess the first thing is, ADAS training is not a one-and-done. It’s not something you do once, and you’re trained.”


According to Lesniak, individuals continue to learn about ADAS even after the official training period is complete.


“The best practices are what help you perform proper and accurate calibrations,” he added. “It doesn’t matter what equipment you use. If you’re not following instructions to the letter and understanding why you’re performing the calibration, it’s hard to do it accurately.”


Eric Newell, executive vice president of AirPro Diagnostics, said understanding systems and processes is also important for training.


“And understand, more importantly, the why behind the calibration,” he said.


Jackson cautioned installers should also be aware some systems are best suited to particular environments.


“Do not purchase on price,” she said.


Lesniak added owners and managers should not only ask themselves, “What should I buy?,” but also, “Should I buy?”


“ADAS calibration is not right for everyone,” he said. “I’ve learned that the hard way by selling equipment to people who should not have calibration equipment.”


A company needs the technicians, location and equipment to perform calibrations properly.


Chris Guiterrez, director of technology and innovation at Protech Automotive Solutions, agreed with the other panelists but said a prequel to training exists.


“Know your audience, know where you’re at and know what you’re doing and know what you’re about to get into,” Guiterrez said.


He asked audience members to describe themselves. Do they mainly install glass, mostly interact with customers or...

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