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  • 07 Mar 2017 11:24 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) fully agrees with the process of the pre- and post- systems scan position many in the industry are taking.


    The electronic safety systems on today’s vehicles are very important for occupant safety and must be checked after a repair for proper functionality. The pre-scan is now necessary for the repair facility to be able to help scope and estimate the repair processes required for a safe and complete repair.

    This is an important concern for collision repair providers as the vast majority are not OEM dealership facilities. The need for affordable access to the tools that are essential to perform safe, complete and accurate repairs is extremely important. It is unlikely most shops will be able to justify the purchase cost of multiple OEM scan tools for this procedure since independent body shops work on a great variety of OEM’s vehicles. Thus, the importance of having accurate, timely and affordable OEM scan tool data provided to the aftermarket to ensure our members have the information necessary to fully emulate the factory tool functions.

    While we understand that many of the manufactures do not know the capabilities of all the aftermarket scan tools, we know that many of the higher quality aftermarket tools provide the needed and necessary functions to complete a pre- and post scan properly for a majority of the vehicles they currently service.

    Data for the development of aftermarket scan tools is provided directly to scan tool manufacturers as agreed by previous contracts in the US so as to be able to fully emulate the factory tool. Many OEM’s provide this information in an affordable, accurate and timely manner. Yet some OEM’s are less forthcoming and either restrict access to important data or price it at unaffordable levels. These access issue continue to plague the industry.

    ETI has no concern with repairers utilizing OEM tools when they are available and endorses their use in situations where they may be needed e.g. vehicles in their early years of service, where coverage may not be implemented in the current aftermarket tool release.

    For more information, contact ETI Executive Manager, Greg Potter, at gpotter@etools.org or 248-656-5080.

  • 28 Feb 2017 2:36 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    ETI is participating as a charter member of a new SAE initiative on automotive cybersecurity.  SAE J3138 Data Link Connector Vehicle Security Committee and the associated Task Force has been created to address security concerns with the OBD (J1962) connector.This effort is in response to recent inquires from Congress and NHTSA to prevent unauthorized vehicle hacking.

    The newly formed task force is looking to create a set of standards to help secure the Diagnostic Link Connector (DLC) while maintaining legitimate access for OBD emissions testing, aftermarket repair tools and technicians.

    ETI encourages technical participation in this effort from all of its members that access in-vehicle network data. The relevant SAE committee identifiers are TEVDS20 and TEVDS21 for the committee and task force respectively. For more information contact Greg Potter (gpotter@etools.org) or Rick Matz (Rmatz@etools.org) at ETI.

  • 24 Feb 2017 1:58 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) has established a new strategic planning process to guide the organization in its direction, initiatives, and activities. The ETI Board of Directors and Staff teamed up with the Baker Strategy Group in an intensive one day strategic planning session to develop a roadmap for the Institute.  The plan is inclusive of the full spectrum of ETI priorities and all the association's future undertakings will be guided from the output of this work. Our efforts will focus on areas that will benefit our membership, support our mission, strengthen our ties with our industry partners and ensure the future of ETI.


    Bob Holland, ETI’s President
    stated, “having the Baker Strategy Group in during our Strategic Planning session in Ann Arbor was very beneficial.  Like the organization itself, the ETI board is made up of people from many different segments of the automotive aftermarket and we each had specific goals and ideas we wanted to explore.   The Baker team was able to help facilitate our session allowing our team to come up with several new initiatives, which should add value for all of our member companies.   We had a lot of momentum already, we just needed someone to help us plot the course to get there faster”.

    “Strategy planning is a continuous process and this is just a beginning for us, but a very valuable focus for the team to follow to keep the high relevance the association has provided in the past continuing into the future. We are fortunate to be in a very solid current state and able to spend this time mapping our current and future vision.” added Greg Potter, ETI’s Executive Manager.

    The initial output of this exercise is a strategy map which identifies ETI’s mission, beliefs, metrics, stakeholders, products/services and generated key initiatives and tasks. This initial strategy map is intended to be a starting point with a slightly shorter vision that is intended to be evolutionary as the Institutes progresses. Every January ETI plans to review the strategy map, make any appropriate adjustments and look farther into the future of this rapidly changing industry.

    Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.

    For more details about ETI programs and activities, contact Jessie Korosec, Marketing and Events Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 37899 12 Mile Rd, Suite 220, Farmington Hills, Michigan  48331. Phone: 248-656-5085; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org
  • 09 Feb 2017 1:58 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Ben Johnson, director of product management for Mitchell 1, will present a session on “Industry Trends,” as well as moderate a panel discussion on emerging technologies, during Equipment & Tool Institute’s (ETI) ToolTech conference on Wednesday, April 26, in New Orleans. The Industry Trends session is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the panel discussion will take place at 2:15 p.m.  Read More.

  • 09 Jan 2017 9:19 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    When:  April 25-27, 2017
    Where:  New Orleans, LA

    ToolTech focuses solely on automotive-related tool and equipment companies and the individuals at the forefront of the industry and technological advances.  Attendees come to ToolTech to network with industry insiders, peers, OEM personnel, and meet with key companies in the marketplace.

    Learn, grow, and gain valuable insights from speaker sessions and presentations from industry leaders, one-on-one meetings, press conferences, and the company spotlight activity.  There is no other forum offered like this for our segment of the service industry.

    For more information and to register for ToolTech click here.

  • 26 Jul 2016 10:23 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Tech giants seek to access and monetize vehicle metadata.  Automakers are increasingly connecting their new car models to meet growing consumer demand for in-car technology. But automakers aren't the only players seeking opportunities in the connected car market.  Technology industry giants — such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and many others — have begun to view and monetize opportunities to use data provided by automobiles and occupants. They even suggest the "zero dollar car" is at hand.  Read More.

  • 18 Jul 2016 7:50 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Anyone who’s ever parked an out-of-service truck in a repair bay scored a win late last year, as the independent aftermarket and dealers of competitive makes were finally granted access to formerly proprietary heavy-duty repair information as of Jan. 1 this year.  A year ago in September, Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) and the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), along with the Equipment and Tool Institute, the Auto Care Association, and Heavy Duty Aftermarket Canada, announced the signing of a Right to Repair Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on access to heavy-duty service information for late model trucks sold in the U.S. and Canada.  Read More.

  • 13 Jul 2016 2:16 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    Yesterday, Professor Tom Prusa released his annual employment study entitled, “The Contribution of the Japanese-Brand Automotive Industry to the United States Economy,” which finds that Japanese-brand automakers in the U.S. support more than 1.5 million jobs throughout the country. He arrives at this figure by adding intermediate (e.g. parts suppliers) and spin-off jobs to our direct and dealership network employment figures. [see the press release here]

    While this number is impressive, I especially want to highlight Dr. Prusa’s finding that, from 2011 to 2015, employment supported by JAMA members’ activities in America has grown by more than 17%. In comparison, overall U.S. employment has grown by only 7.5%. Dr. Prusa states that “this data is remarkable in that it shows Japanese-brand automobile companies are playing a leading role in the recovery and growth of the U.S. economy.”

    I believe that this data truly is remarkable. Given the urgent need for fact-based analysis to set the record straight, I am sharing this information as broadly as possible, including through our Twitter profile. If you would like to share our message via social media, you can find yesterday’s tweet on this data here.

    In the lead-up to this release, I authored a commentary on JAMA members’ U.S. contributions in the context of Japanese FDI in America, which was published last week on the Asia Matters for America website—an excellent resource on U.S. relations with Asia from our friends at the East-West Center. The commentary is pasted below for your convenience.

    The US-Japan Economic Partnership through the Lens of Japanese-Brand Automakers in America

    by MANNY MANRIQUEZ on Jul 7, 2016

    The United States is the number one destination for Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world, making Japan the second largest source of FDI in the United States cumulatively—as of 2015, the total exceeded $418 billion. Of all this Japanese investment in the US, the automotive sector is the largest contributor, according to Select USA, the Commerce Department’s US investment program.

    Companies with their origins in Japan have created thousands of high-quality jobs in every US state; and in states like California, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, these jobs are in the tens of thousands. Recently, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association’s (JAMA) US office released our new advance contributions data, which shows that Japanese-brand automakers and their dealership networks provided an all-time high of more than 460,000 direct US jobs in 2015. Along with a total of over $45 billion in cumulative US investment by JAMA members as of last year, the jobs numbers prove that Japanese-brand automakers continue to contribute to the recovery of the US economy after the Great Recession. Their impressively diverse American manufacturing workforce alone is over 60,000 strong—all continuously trained to develop crucial skill sets that enable them to take an active role in increasing productivity as automotive manufacturing technology advances.

    When Americans are asked what words come to mind when they think of Japan, the most common responses in the business category are “cars” and “technology.” This is proof positive that Japan’s image is largely associated with the innovative and groundbreaking companies that changed the very nature of the American automobile industry. Now these companies are global, with a geographic spread that spans the continents. But the long-term investment in US manufacturing, R&D, and design by Japanese-brand automakers reflects a strong commitment to America, and it has touched all of our lives here in the US because their automotive technology has always pushed innovation to its very limits, bringing healthy competition to the American auto industry and driving up the standards of automotive quality, safety, and fuel efficiency.

    I have had the opportunity to visit JAMA member company manufacturing facilities in both the US and Japan. Despite the geographic distance between our two countries, I am struck by the nearly identical manufacturing practices that they employ, but even more so, I am impressed by the focus and purpose with which the workers on the line go about their business. They are clearly very proud of the outstanding vehicles they build. And I am likewise proud of the way our member companies involve their staff in the process of continuous improvement, known as kaizen, as well as their ceaseless attention to quality and the highest manufacturing standards. I see the US-Japan relationship through this lens, as well as through the many other dimensions that are inherent in the relationship. With the facts on our side, we can hold up examples like this and set the record straight about the true nature of the US-Japan relationship and the direct benefits it brings to millions of families all across America.

    The US-Japan economic relationship around the automotive sector is part of an overall partnership that is built on trust, collaboration, and shared core values. Together, our two countries have helped to shape a global economic order based on equitable and transparent norms and rules, bolstered by strong diplomatic ties. As General Director of JAMA’s US office, I am able to witness the widespread benefits of this partnership on a daily basis—from ongoing people-to-people exchanges to advancing global trade and investment.

    Compared to the years of trade-related tension in the 1980’s and 90’s, a strong majority of Americans now see Japan as a fair trading partner, according to a Pew Research Center survey published in April 2015. This perception is shaped by the tangible benefits that the economic partnership brings to the peoples of both countries—the exchange and provision of high-quality goods and services. In fact, the US and Japan are among each other’s top four trading partners, with each US state exporting nearly $100 million or more in goods and services to Japan annually. The successful conclusion of the US-Japan negotiations under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is indicative of our commitment to collaborative leadership and shared economic rule-building, and Japan’s ever-growing FDI contributions in the US speak to the confidence Japanese businesses have in the vibrancy of the US economy. JAMA members’ commitment to building, developing and designing vehicles in America are a crucial element of that confidence and commitment.

  • 10 Nov 2015 11:43 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    The Auto Care Association and the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) announced that Voyomotive LLC was selected as the 2015 Aftermarket Telematics Challenge winner. The award was presented at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) on Tuesday, Nov. 3 in Las Vegas.  Read More

  • 01 Oct 2015 8:52 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    The heavy-duty/commercial vehicle industry recently announced agreement in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Commercial Right to Repair Coalition and the Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), where OEMs of heavy-duty vehicles would provide service information to independent service providers by way of their OEM technical websites. To assist in managing the understanding, search and feedback related to this cooperative effort between heavy-duty OEMs and independent heavy-duty service specialists, the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) was asked to expand its scope with the addition of heavy-duty to its similar service already being provided to the light vehicle industry.  Read More.

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