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  • 02 Dec 2010 9:35 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Rochester, MI. – 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 Collision Repair topics. 

     

    We are surveying automotive repair facilities in an effort to find out more about their familiarity with and use of different types of collision repair equipment for different vehicles.  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 The Equipment and Tool Institute's Collision Repair Market Research will be made available to all attendees at ETI's ToolTech 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida, May 3-5, 2011.

     

    If you are part of an automotive repair facility and are interested in participating in our survey, please go to the following link:

     

    www.a-i-m.com/publicityeti

     

    This survey can only be taken on-line.

     

    Previous Market Research Studies have included J2534 Reprogramming, TPMS, and Telematics.

     

    If you have an idea for a future marketing Survey Project, please send an email to jessiek@etools.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; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

     

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  • 07 May 2010 4:10 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Rochester, MI. – ETI congratulates the new 2010-2011 Officers and Board Members on their election to office beginning May 1, 2010:

    Officers (one year term)

    President – Mike Cable (Hickok)

    Vice President, Programs – Alan Tecmire (ETAS)

    Vice President, Marketing – Dan Brass (Bright Solutions)

    Secretary/Treasurer – Ben Johnson (Alldata)

    Immediate Past President – Dave Schaar (SPX Service Solutions)

    Directors

    Elected to fill open and expired board seats to a one year term:

                Jeff Murphy (RTI Technologies) 

    Jim Graninger (Robert Bosch)

    Elected to fill open and expired board seats to a three year term:

    Greg Potter (Dearborn Group Technologies) Re-Elected

    Neil Davis (Snap-on Diagnostics) Re-Elected

    Nick Zala (Helm Incorporated)

    Rounding out the Board of Directors completing terms previous elected to are:

    Peter David (ProgRama)

    Garret Miller (SPX Service Solutions)

    David Rich (Innova Electronics Corp.)

    Tim Morgan (Celette North America)

    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; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

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  • 07 May 2010 4:06 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Rochester, MI. –Greg Potter, Dearborn Group Technology, has been awarded ETI’s 16th Founder’s Award at this year’s ToolTech 2010 in Napa Valley, California.  The ETI Founder’s Award was established to honor those individuals who have made numerous contributions to the Institute.

    Greg PotterAs with most trade associations ETI thrives on volunteerism from its members as well as its business partners.  Mr. Potter has demonstrated unselfish dedication to the principles that drive ETI since he began his involvement with ETI over 16 years ago.

    Mr. Potter is currently on ETI’s Board of Director’s and Chairs ETI’s Scan Tool Vertical Group.  He also served as President of ETI’s Board of Directors from 2004-2006 and ETI’s Technical Director from 1997 to 1999.  Mr. Potter has been active with the ETI Board since 1996 and has attended 15 Summer Tech Weeks, 14 Winter Tech Weeks and 16 Annual Meetings/Tool Techs.  Mr. Potter epitomizes the intent of ETI’s Founders Award.

    Mr. Potter graduated cum laude from Lawrence Technological University with a Bachelor’s in Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Master in Business Administration.  He is currently on the I-CAR International Board of Directors and is an active member on several standards committees with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

    Greg has served over 27years in the Automotive Service Industry.

    About ETI

    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; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

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  • 05 May 2010 12:34 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Rochester, MI. – ETI’s Annual ToolTech conference continues to be the premiere industry event drawing more than 125 professionals to this year’s ToolTech 2010 in Napa Valley, California. 

     

    ToolTech 2010 was highlighted by more than a dozen industry speakers on topics including:  “Trends in OE Diagnostic Strategies”,  “Brake/Tire Panel on Service Requirements, Updating traditional Undercar Service Products, and TPMS Updates”, “The Movement Toward Comprehensive Repair Services;  The Insurance Industry Goals, The Shop Owner’s Dilemma, The OEM’s Role and Obligations”, “The Future of Remote OBD”, “Heavy Duty Aftermarket Access To Information Panel” and “Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) Panel Q&A”.

    Presentations and additional information is available on our website at www.etools.org.

    ETI also presented their findings on the recently completed TPMS and Telematics Market Research.  ETI is using this research to help all segments of the automotive industry provide aftermarket shops with better tool and equipment solutions.  ETI surveyed automotive repair facilities to find out more about their familiarity with TPMS and Telematics.  This research was designed to evaluate the market’s use and experiences with using TPMS and Telematics, as well as their future business expectations in implementing TPMS and Telematics services, and to find out what support the market needs to implement or grow their TPMS and Telematics business.  The Market Research Study will be available for purchase on our website at www.etools.org.

     

     “ToolTech 2010 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,” said Jessie Korosec, ETI Marketing Manager.  “ETI would like to thank all of the OEM’s for attending and participating in the sought after One-on-One Meetings.  We would also like to thank the attendees for their support and we look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s ToolTech in Miami Beach, Florida the week May 3, 2011.”

     

    ToolTech is the only event in the automotive-related tool and equipment industry that focuses exclusively on the companies who buy and sell tools and equipment. Participants can network with industry peers, meet potential customers, meet potential product providers, confer with clients, meet in one-on-one structured meetings, and gain valuable insights from presentations by industry leaders.

     

    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; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

  • 06 Jan 2010 4:10 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Rochester, MI – More than 40 ETI Members representing 24 companies attended this year’s Annual Winter Tech Week which was held December 8-10, 2009 in Redondo Beach, California.  For the past twenty years, the Equipment and Tool Institute and the major Japanese automakers, represented by JAMA, have presented Winter Tech Week as a forum to communicate new information and tool requirements for servicing new and future vehicles.  This year marked the inclusion of Korean automaker, KIA.  ETI was pleased to have presentations from Kia on New Model Year data.

     

    More than 40 individuals from Honda, Isuzu, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, and Toyota were in attendance and delivered presentations on service and repair of new model launches and new technology.

     

    “The warmth and appreciation shown by ETI members, more than made up for the unseasonably cold, Southern California weather.  It was a pleasure to participate in the 2-way information exchange ETI members provide”, commented James K. Von Ehr

    of Nissan North America, Inc.

     

    Winter Tech Week proved to be an outstanding event and many ETI Members commented on the amount and the detail of the information received this year.  The OE’s were impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the ETI Members. 

     

    "Once again ETI staff worked with Japanese and Korean OEM representatives to create an info-loaded agenda with relevant new-vehicle technical topics and service solution overviews.  Discussions were plenty, and to share one observation, it is clear that both ETI and OEM personnel can and must work together to continue solving today's automotive service and diagnostic problems.  Second to none with Winter Tech Week, ETI creates a unique, open forum for getting Industry stakeholders together to share information and learn stuff.  Such an opportunity that should never be missed!” stated Bernie Carr of Robert Bosch.

     

     “Once again, Winter Tech Week was a success, and the information gained during the week was invaluable, the networking was outstanding, and a good time was had by all”, said ETI Marketing Manager Jessie Korosec.

     

    Winter Tech Week is a closed meeting for ETI members only.  For Membership details contact Jessie Korosec, Marketing Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 134 W. University Drive, Suite 205, Rochester, Michigan.  Phone: 248-656-5080; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.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.

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  • 25 Nov 2009 2:56 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Rochester, MI. – The Equipment and Tool Institute announces the launch of its new Website www.etools.org. The completely redesigned website provides members with the ability to update their own member profiles; contribute to blogs and forums; access ETI event details, key documents, reports and forms.

    The new website also features streamlined site navigation, and access to ETI sub sites including ETI’s TEK-NET Library and ETI’s State-by-State I/M Program Website.  There is also a section dedicated to prospective members where they can find essential information about joining ETI and what becoming a member means.

     "The new website showcases ETI information and the resources available to our members,” says ETI Marketing Manager, Jessie Korosec.  "We strive to continually add to our member offerings and our new website is a big step towards enhancing the ETI membership experience.  This is our communication tool aimed at establishing a closer relationship with our membership."

    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; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

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  • 16 Nov 2009 9:33 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Rochester, MI. – The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) is continuing to assist members in bringing new and improved equipment and tools to the marketplace, and is launching its second Market Research Study to cover Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) and specific questions on the growing trend of the OEM’s to equip vehicles with Telematics.  This survey is designed to collect data to provide our industry with information that is valuable for the repair of vehicles on the road today.  The first survey covered Flash Reprogramming, or J2534.                      

    We will be surveying automotive repair facilities in an effort to find out more about their familiarity with TPMS and Telematics.   ETI will use this research to help all segments of the automotive industry provide aftermarket shops with better tool and equipment solutions. 

    TPMS has been mandatory for all new vehicles sold in the United States since 2008.  There are a number of different TPMS solutions provided by domestic and foreign OEM’s. These different systems are sometimes difficult to identify. Regardless of the system type, they have several in common issues the automotive technician must be aware of; to include proper sensor positioning and procedures when changing tires, TPMS scan type tools for diagnostics and reprogramming, and TPMS sensor replacement procedures.

    Telematics has been called “the biggest threat” as well as “the greatest opportunity” for the future of the automotive aftermarket repair industry. Telematics vehicle monitoring technologies have been growing in popularity for years.  The technology allows the OE to continually market their services to the customer with regular maintenance reminders and alerts e-mailed to the car owner.  The OE has the opportunity to leverage their entire dealership network to assist the customer wherever they may be travelling.

    If you are part of an automotive repair facility and are interested in participating in our first survey, please go to the following link:

    www.a-i-m.com/tools

    This survey can only be taken on-line.

  • 05 May 2009 3:55 PM | Charlie Gorman
    Rochester, MI. – ETI’s Annual ToolTech conference continues to be the premiere industry event regardless of the recent challenges affecting the automotive industry.  This year more than 75 professionals participated in this April’s ToolTech 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. 
     
    “This year’s ToolTech was very well received by the attendees.  The speakers, including presentations from Honda and Toyota, were very informative and support ETI’s commitment to quality programs and events for our member companies,” said Jessie Korosec, ETI Marketing Manager.  “ETI would like to thank all of the OE’s for attending and participating in the sought after One-on-One Meetings.  We would also like to thank the attendees for their support and we look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s ToolTech in Napa Valley, California the week of April 19, 2010.”

    ToolTech is the only event in the automotive-related tool and equipment industry that focuses exclusively on the companies who buy and sell tools and equipment. Participants can network with industry peers, meet potential customers, meet potential product providers, confer with clients, meet in one-on-one structured meetings, and gain valuable insights from presentations by industry leaders.

    “2009 Tool Tech was great.  Given the difficult economic conditions facing everyone this year, I was very impressed with the strong attendance and the enthusiasm of the attendees as well as the ETI staff! This clearly demonstrated the high value we place on the ETI functions and especially this annual event.  There is simply no other cost effective opportunity available to allow OEMs and the tool and equipment industry to come together in this type of open atmosphere allowing us to discuss our needs and issues.  Tool Tech gives everyone the opportunity to improve what we do on a daily basis by allowing the open sharing of ideas and information related to our real world needs.  Tool Tech helps me make those final buying decisions each year without pressure and it helps me ensure we acquire the best possible tools and equipment,” remarked Suzuki’s Dennis Blough, Manager, Service, Tools, Equipment, and Information.
     
    “I enjoyed my time at ToolTech. The One-on-One meetings went well and I appreciated the information the speakers presented,” said Dan Brass, VP of Sales, Bright Solutions.
     
    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; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.
     
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  • 01 May 2009 10:30 PM | Charlie Gorman
    Rochester, MI. – ETI congratulates the new 2009-2010 Officers and Board Members on their election to office beginning May 1, 2009:
     
    Officers (one year term)
    President – Randy Gard (Chief Automotive Technology)
    Vice President, Programs – Mike Cable (Hickok)
    Vice President, Marketing – Alan Tecmire (ETAS)
    Secretary/Treasurer – Dan Brass (Bright Solutions)
    Immediate Past President – Dave Schaar (SPX Service Solutions)
     
    Directors
    Elected to fill open and expired board seats to a one year term:
                Greg Potter (Dearborn Group Technologies)
     
    Elected to fill open and expired board seats to a two year term:
                Steve Gill (Alldata)
     
    Elected to fill open and expired board seats to a three year term:
    Sylvain Julien (Celette North America) Re-Elected
    Garret Miller (SPX Service Solutions) Re-Elected
    David Rich (Innova Electronics Corp.)
     
    Rounding out the Board of Directors completing terms previous elected to are:
    Peter David (ProgRama)
    Neil Davis (Snap-on Diagnostics)
    Ben Johnson (Delphi)
     
    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; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.
  • 27 Jan 2009 9:27 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Rochester, MI. – In an effort to assist our members in bringing new and improved equipment and tools to the marketplace, The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) is launching a series of Market Research Projects.  The first survey covers Flash Reprogramming, or J2534 as it is also known. 

    We are surveying automotive repair facilities in an effort to find out more about their familiarity with and use of flash reprogramming tools.  ETI will use this research to help all segments of the automotive industry provide aftermarket shops with better flash reprogramming solutions. 

    If you are part of an automotive repair facility and are interested in participating in our first survey, please go to the following link:

    www.a-i-m.com/tools

    This survey can only be taken on-line.

    Other marketing research will follow.  The specifics of each research project will be organized to correspond with ETI’s equipment focus groups.  They are:

    Collision Repair Equipment

    Under Hood Equipment

    Under Car Equipment

    Software and Information products

    If you have an idea for a future marketing Survey Project, please send an email to jessiek@etools.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; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

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