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  • 30 Mar 2012 10:08 AM | Deleted user

    There are still a few Showcase Booths available at ToolTech 2012! 
    Get yours now!


    Exhibit Space Registration

    In order to register for an Exhibitor Space, at least one person from your company will have to be registered for the ToolTech event. 

    Click Here to Register


    The Exhibit Space

    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. 


    Exhibit Hall Layout

    The layout is available here.


    Exhibit Space Selection

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • 06 Mar 2012 10:23 AM | Deleted user

    When:  Tuesday April 17 at 8:00am
                 Transportation Leaves the Hotel at 6:45am

    Where: Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort Legend Course,
    Palm Springs, CA

    Sign up when you register for ToolTech

    This “Fun” 9 hole event is for EVERYBODY!  Continue for another 9 holes of regular golf for no additional cost! 
    All levels of golfers (and throwers) welcome!
    Special Rules!

    Win a 2012 Camry at the Hole In One Sponsored by Toyota!!

    $50 per person includes
    Green Fee
    Cart Fee
    Practice Range Time
    Bottled water
    Free breakfast and lunch buffet
    15% discount off shop merchandise
    2 draft beers or fountain sodas

    Click here for more information

    Golf Sponsors


  • 01 Mar 2012 10:01 AM | Deleted user

    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.


    For more information click on the link below, or paste it into your browser.  


    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

    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.

  • 24 Feb 2012 10:06 AM | Deleted user

    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

    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


    If you have an idea for a future Marketing Survey Project, please send an email to


    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:

  • 17 Feb 2012 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    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.” 

  • 13 Feb 2012 12:29 PM | Deleted user

    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.

  • 10 Feb 2012 10:13 AM | Anonymous
    AUTOSAR provides incentives for manufacturers to replace their proprietary software/hardware interfaces with standardized interfaces to an independent architectural layer; this allows much easier component and integration testing, because hours and weeks of engineering around each interface are eliminated. Instead, manufacturers retain their ability to compete without requiring other vendors to take on the overhead associated with proprietary interfaces.  <Read More>
  • 31 Jan 2012 11:46 AM | Deleted user

    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.

    Read more

  • 25 Jan 2012 10:39 AM | Anonymous
    The National Research Council’s (NRC) Transportation Research Board has released a study that included a review of automotive electronics safety. The Research Council’s study was requested in the aftermath of the 2009-2010 reports of sudden acceleration problems in Toyota vehicles. <More>


    This is an interesting article.  It contains NRC recommendations to NHTSA regarding Telematics and event data recorders


  • 25 Jan 2012 10:22 AM | Anonymous
    PHILADELPHIA – CARDONE Industries announced late Friday that it has terminated discussions relating to the acquisition of CARDONE Industries’ North American operations. The Cardone Family will retain ownership and control of the company following a mutual decision by CARDONE and TPG to end discussions related to the acquisition. <More>


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