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ETI’s Annual ToolTech conference continues to be the premiere tool and equipment industry event drawing more than 100 professionals from over 40 companies to this year’s ToolTech 2012 in Palm Springs, California.
The Equipment and Tool Institute's ToolTech conference provided an unparalleled opportunity to attend outstanding and perceptive industry focused presentations and take away valuable insights into the latest tool and equipment information, issues, technologies, and specifications and learn about opportunities to do business in today's marketplace while preparing for tomorrow's challenges.
Featured talks by respected industry speakers included:
“The OEM’s and The Aftermarket…A New Direction…Renewed Partnership”Charlie Gorman, Executive Manager, Equipment and Tool InstituteBrian Herron, Vice President, Drew Technologies.
“OEM Tools Service Model Changes and Equipping The Aftermarket “Bob Augustine, Technical Training Manager, Christian Brothers Automotive CorpDonny Seyfer, Operations Manager, Seyfer Automotive, Inc.
“Writing OEM Repair Software That Will Survive In The Aftermarket”
Scott Bolt, Manager Product Development, MAHLE Test Systems
“The New J2534…What Will Version 05 Mean To You?”
Greg Potter, Director Automotive Sales, DG Technologies
“Diagnostics via Telematics - The need for improved connectivity standards”
Robert Vogt IV, CEO, IOSiX
“Collision Repair in The Aftermarket – Panel Discussion”John Hall, Assistant Manager, Service Technology, Honda Motor Co.Jason Bartanen, Technical Director, I-CarTom Brizuela, BMW North America
ToolTech 2012 Presentations are available on our website at: http://etools.org/ETIPresentations
“ToolTech 2012 was one of the best attended and most informative events ETI has put on. The speakers were outstanding and the information relayed was very valuable to our members as were the many networking opportunities,” said Jessie Korosec, ETI Marketing Manager. “Once again, the One-on-One Meetings were a success and the Company Showcase was an excellent platform to highlight products and services. We would like to thank the attendees for their support and we look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s ToolTech in San Diego, California the week April 22, 2013.”
"ETI's ToolTech 2012 gets a two-thumbs up! One for a superb schedule that kept getting better with each presentation and a second for a great location with wonderful atmosphere. The Equipment and Tool Institute brought attendees excellent programming for each day! With its "always-on" wide-spread networking opportunities and information sharing, if you want to find out the scoop on automotive industry service happenings then it is time to get out from under email and attend this can't miss ETI event!" stated Bernard Carr, Product Development Manager, Robert Bosch LLC, Diagnostics Business Unit.
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 Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 134 W. University Drive, Suite 205, Rochester, Michigan. Phone: 248-656-5085; e-mail: email@example.com.
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ToolTech 2012 Speaker Profiles
There is still time to register for ToolTech. Go to http://etools.org/tooltech for more info
Tuesday April 17, 2012 - NASTF General Meeting Talks
The challenges of bringing OEM quality training to independent import repair segment. What's working and what can automakers do to make it even better?
Worldwide Environmental Systems
Tony and Garrett will talk about I/M testing programs across the country with special emphasis on upcoming new California BAR requirements.
ASE's Industry Education Alliance. An idea to bring Automotive Youth Education Systems (AYES) type programs to the aftermarket.
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Wednesday April 18, 2012 - ETI Business Meeting Talks
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Mr. Murphy will summarize the results of ETI's recent, in depth, air conditioning equipment survey study.
Mr. Mackey will summarize the results of ETI's recent, in depth, study regarding the repair industry's involvement with hybrid powertrains with specific emphasis on batteries and battery service equipment.
Wednesday - ToolTech Sessions
Charlie Gorman and Brian Herron will talk about ETI's Tooltech theme:
"OEM’s and The Aftermarket…A New Direction…Renewed Partnerships"
This will be a discussion about how the time is right for automakers to design and implement repair solutions that can be deployed across all segments of the automotive repair industry, dealerships and aftermarket alike. It will also cover how the aftermarket can help automakers successfully deliver and support these systems.
Providing dealership level capability to independent shops using ETI member expertise in manufacturing, distribution and support can be profitable and increase automaker brand satisfaction.
Continuing with the ToolTech Theme, Bob Augustine and Donny Seyfer will talk about the use of OEM diagnostics tools in their businesses. Bob Manages a chain of repair centers while Donny runs a family owned business with his father. We will get to hear about what works, What could be better and what they would like the future to bring
Thursday April 19, 2012- ToolTech Sessions
Mahle Test Systems
The history of vehicle diagnostic tool development has evolved from a widely varied and non uniform base of engineering information into a more organized and systematic approach. Many OEMs are adopting global platforms for use in all regions along with standardized information that is provided to the Aftermarket. Convergence of information, hardware, and even vehicle systems is becoming more evident each year.
This presentation outlines the challenges that face both the OEMs and the Aftermarket in handling this convergence of a rapidly expanding set of information. Along with this convergence of systems, security sensitive information is permeating many more ECUs resulting in aftermarket serviceability issues.
Several processes and solutions will be presented which can aid this transition.
At the crux of much of the Right to Repair debate is the SAE J2534 specification. This specification has been going through an overhaul that has taken several years to accomplish and is about ready to be published. What will be different and what will be the impact on automakers and device manufacturers? Greg will answer these and other questions in this presentation.
Robert will talk about diagnostics via telematics, future connectivity standardization and adapting telematics to existing systems. He will talk about what a universal Telematics gateway might look like from an OEM perspective including functionality and cost.
This panel of collision repair experts will answer questions regarding the Automakers role in helping aftermarket collision repair facilities be successful. For Example:
What are/were the determining factors that allow automakers to step into a larger role in the collision repair industry? On the I-CAR and Facility side what actions by the OEMs caused you change direction.
What steps have automakers taken regarding procedure, parts, education to increase support to the aftermarket?
What does the future hold regarding aftermarket support? Can you share any future programs or long term strategies with the audience?
In order to register for an Exhibitor Space, at least one person from your company will have to be registered for the ToolTech event.
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Each exhibit space is 8' x 8' and contains one four foot black skirted table, two chairs and a trash can. The space will consist of an 8' backdrop, 3' side rails, and an identification sign.
The layout is available here.
Booth selection is based on a first come – first served basis. A company is not considered registered for a Showcase Exhibit Space until the Showcase form is completed and at least one employee from your company has completed a ToolTech Attendee Registration. If your preferred space has been taken, we will call you and negotiate the next best available space. ETI reserves the right to move booths to accommodate layout.
There is no cost for exhibit space.
Set-up time is between the hours of 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Tuesday April 17, 2012. Please allow yourself enough time to set up your exhibit space before the Showcase opens.
Tear-down time is between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 19, 2012. ETI and The Gansevoort Hotel will not be responsible for items left in the exhibit hall after this time.
Showcase hours are from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday April 18 as part of the Showcase Happy Hour. The Showcase will also be open on Thursday morning, by appointment only, from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.
For more information go to ETI's ToolTech main page at http://etools.org/ToolTech
When: Tuesday April 17 at 8:00am
Transportation Leaves the Hotel at 6:45am
Where: Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort Legend Course, Palm Springs, CA
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$50 per person includesGreen FeeCart FeePractice Range TimeBottled waterFree breakfast and lunch buffet15% discount off shop merchandise2 draft beers or fountain sodas
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The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the identification and correction of gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, training, diagnostic tools and equipment, and communications to automotive service professionals, is seeking an independent contractor to lead the organization as the Executive Director.
The Executive Director position is a unique, leadership opportunity for an individual with initiative and an entrepreneurial spirit. He/she will provide the vision, strategic direction and management expertise for the organization. The candidate must be a dynamic, highly motivated individual who can easily cultivate relationships. Previous budgetary and financial oversight experience, strong communication, writing, and interpersonal skills are also necessary. Candidate must be able to motivate volunteers to achieve goals and objectives and be skilled in making effective and compelling presentations to large groups. Well-developed analytical, organizational and project management skills are critical.
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NASTF has provided an on-line form for interested candidates. Click on the link below to access, or paste it into your browser.
NASTF was established in 2000 to identify, communicate and resolve gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools, and equipment for the benefit of automotive service professionals and their customers. NASTF was incorporated in 2006. Additional details can be found at www.nastf.org.
As a 501(c)6 not-for profit organization, NASTF takes no position on any legislation that may be proposed or pending in state or national legislative bodies.
In an effort to assist our members in bringing new and improved equipment and tools to the marketplace, The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) has launched a series of Market Research Projects. The current survey covers numerous Hybrid Vehicle and Battery Service topics.
ETI is surveying automotive repair facilities in an effort to find out more about their familiarity with Hybrid and Battery Service, Equipment and Trends. ETI will use this research to help all segments of the automotive industry provide aftermarket shops with effective tool and equipment solutions.
The findings of ETI’s Market Research will be made available to all attendees at ToolTech 2012 in Palm Springs, California April 17-19, 2012. More information on ToolTech is available on our website at http://etools.org/ToolTech.
If you are part of an automotive repair facility and are interested in participating in our survey, please go to the following link:
This survey can only be taken on-line.
Previous Market Research Studies have included J2534 Reprogramming, TPMS, Telematics, and Collision Repair which are available on our website at www.etools.org.
If you have an idea for a future Marketing Survey Project, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 134 W. University Drive, Suite 205, Rochester, Michigan. Phone: 248-656-5080; e-mail: email@example.com.
Autodata is pleased to announce the appointment of Rod Williams as Chief Executive, effective from 27th February.
Rod has been working as Managing Director of Adfero Ltd, a business-to-business publishing company supplying media content on a subscription basis for integration into business websites. He joined the company in 2003 and has led it’s growth in the UK, where it has a leading position, in the USA and more recently in Australia and in a number of European countries.
Rod brings with him experience in terms of the size of the operation, its geographical focuses, the use of electronic delivery platforms and the subscription business model. Aged 40, Rod is married with a boy of 11 and has a strong interest in rugby.
Richard Atherton, Chairman of the Autodata group, said “We are fortunate to have been able to attract someone of Rod’s calibre and experience. I am confident that he will provide the leadership required for the next chapter in the company’s development as we take up the opportunities available for online business publishers.”
If you are an ETI Member, join your Vertical Group now by clicking here!
Scan Tool Group (STG) - Involved in all aspects of scan tools and reprogramming tools. The Scan Tool Groups had one subcommittee under it: Telematics SubCommittee
Underhood Technology Group (UTG) - Involved in engine, transmission and air conditioning equipment issues. The UTG group currently has three subcommittees under it: I/M Subcommittee - specifically involved in regulated I/M equipment issues; Hybrid Vehicle Subcommittee; Air Conditioning Subcommittee
Collision Repair Group (CRG) - Collision Repair equipment including frame straightening, welding and painting equipment
Under Car Group (UCG) - Involved in steering, alignment, brakes, suspension, wheel and tire
Shop Management and Information Software Group (SMG) - Electronic repair manuals and electronic shop management software.
Vertical groups are the heart of the Equipment and Tool Institute. ETI vertical groups represent all aspects of automotive repair. Vertical Groups to allow members to discuss common problems and to examine the most current and pertinent technical information in specific areas of interest.
ETI recognized members’ need to address areas of common interest and formed its first Vertical Group, the Performance Test Equipment Group (PTEG) in 1973. Several more groups were added in time, and in 1997, the groups were reorganized, broadening their focus from specific types of tools and equipment to the intended applications of those tools and equipment. The Vertical Groups continue to evolve today to meet the changing needs of ETI members.
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.
WORLDPAC has reported that its second Supplier & Training EXPO (STX) was "an enormous success." The WORLDPAC Supplier & Training EXPO (STX) took place Jan. 12-15 at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Southern California.
Additional event highlights included special guest speaker Charlie Gorman, former chairman of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), who presented the group with a discussion of the changing aftermarket and predictions for the future.
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