On Nov. 13, the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) held its quarterly meeting at Seasons in East Haven, CT.
The meeting featured a presentation by GM on "Advanced Safety Systems: Post-Collision Service and Repair."
According to ABAC President Bob Amendola, “The ABAC strives to bring in the [most] knowledgeable speakers to educate its members. This event was probably one of the best.”
Amendola called the packed house to order and expressed gratitude to attendees and sponsors for their support. He also acknowledged the ABAC News Supporting Advertisers and Corporate Sponsors before announcing the winner of the first “Name the Car/Logo” contest, which appears in the September--October 2018 issue of the ABAC News.
Amendola stated, “Congrats to Ron Sheehy of Derby Auto Body, our inaugural winner!”
Tony Lombardozzi of Superare Marketing then took the stage to provide a few details on the upcoming seminar “Winds of Change,” which will be presented by ABAC with various speakers sharing their personal experiences.
After dinner, Amendola assured members that the association is aware of the challenges shops are facing in fighting rising healthcare costs.
“Everyone is plagued by the rising cost of healthcare insurance, and we’re looking into a change in legislation this year and looking toward our auto body association group to see if we could possibly put something together as a group for a package/program that addresses the rising cost of healthcare,” he said. “We are trying to see if all ABAC members could qualify for better healthcare premiums as some large employers do. It’s in its infancy, but we just want our members to know that we are working, as your association, to help you try and fight these critical rising costs.”
Next, Amendola introduced the evening’s main speakers: Christopher Peace, product investigator for the product allegation resolution team at Raytheon Professional Services, LLC, and Jeffery Shaw, GM/ACDelco field manager for collision, powertrain and performance parts.
Peace and Shaw delivered an in-depth and highly informative presentation on advanced driver assistance systems. It began with Peace covering all the components of ADAS, including radars, antennas and modules. He explained that cameras are located on the steering column, the front lower grille, the liftgate, the decklid and the windshield, near the rear view mirror. He also noted that sonar sensors and ultrasonic sensors can be located in several areas, including the rear quarter panel, the rear bumper and the front fascia.
Listing the types of ADAS, Peace included parking assistance, adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance, night vision, active tow, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, full-speed range lane-centering cruise control, and testing and repair information, which includes locating collision statements.
Moving into the importance of pre- and post-repair scans, Peace and Shaw explained how to complete a pre-scan inspection, identified the module locations and explored the removal and installation of new components as well as aftermarket components. They talked about wiring harnesses and connectors, angles, paint thickness and programming, which includes set-up and calibration. The presentation concluded with the speakers answering attendees’ questions.
According to Amendola, “They provided an in-depth look at many [aspects] of today’s ever-changing technology in the collision industry. It was another very eye-opening presentation brought to you by GM, the ABAC and Stephen AutoMall Centre. The ABAC would like to thank Christopher Peace and Jeff Shaw for their valuable input and also Stephen AutoMall Centre for the sponsorship support to help make this meeting successful.
“Don’t be left behind because you didn’t take advantage of these extremely valuable meetings. Get educated. Attend the next Auto Body Association of Connecticut meeting. Become a member and reap the benefits that you’ve earned. Join the ABAC in the continuing challenge of today’s collision industry and be part of it. Be the change.”
Meeting sponsors included Stephen AutoMall Centre, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Environmental Risk Management and Paint World.
For more information about ABAC and its upcoming meetings, visit abaconn.org.