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SCRS Announces Lineup for First OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit Panel at SEMA Show

By SEMA Editors

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) will host an OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, Thursday, November 1, at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has announced the participants and session details for the first of three panels to make up the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit this fall. The Summit, to be held Thursday, November 1, as part of the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, will kick off with the 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. session, “The Rules—and Challenges—of Structural Repair on Modern Architecture.”

During the open and interactive session, panelists will explore how modern vehicle architecture and design specifically influence repair facility processes. From research of advanced substrates and mixed-material designs to joining processes and equipment necessities, the program will fully explore the range of considerations necessary to perform structural collision repair.

With automakers intentionally designing flows of energy through structural components and away from occupants, understanding how to anticipate and identify signs of energy travel through the vehicle and the possible impact upon the repair process is also critical for technicians and owners alike.

The morning session will be moderated by Ron Reichen, Precision Body and Paint, in Beaverton, Oregon, and Danny Gredinberg, administrator of the Database Enhancement Gateway. Panelists will include:

Robert Hiser, Auto/Steel Partnership
Lead, Advanced High-Strength Steel Repairability
Body Structure Service Engineer, General Motors Company

Mike Kukavica, Porsche Cars North America
Collision Repair Technology Instructor, AfterSales Technical Training

Shawn Hart, Audi of America
Collision Instructor/Curriculum Designer

Dan Black, FCA
Advanced Body Development Service Engineer and Collision Repair Manager

To secure your spot to learn directly from Audi of America, the Auto/Steel Partnership, FCA and Porsche Cars North America about vehicle design and how these companies support proper structural repair, visit

Other sessions featured in the 2018 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit include:

“The Evolution of OEM Network and Expectations”
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

“The Future Impact of Telematics, Technology, Transportation and the Collision Industry”
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

To register to attend the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, visit and either select the individual sessions or purchase a full series pass for the best value.