SCRS' OEM Summit III Headlines Repairer Driven Education Sessions at 2023 SEMA Show

By SEMA News Editors

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has announced theSCRS complete lineup of three sessions to be delivered as part of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit (Summit), taking place Thursday, November 2, in the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the 2023 SEMA Show. The first session of the Summit begins at 9:00 a.m. PDT and concludes with this third final session at 1:00 p.m. PDT.

Join the collision repair industry from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. PDT for the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit - Session III – Research and validation of calibration solutions

Visit to register online for this and related valuable Repairer Driven Education (RDE) sessions, which kick off on Monday, October 30, the day before the Show floor opens, giving early arrivals and exhibitors a chance to participate in these valuable sessions. Interested automotive professionals can choose sessions individually or register for a "Full Series Pass." (More details on registration and additional topics are below).

The OEM Summit offers attendees the opportunity to learn how vehicles, materials, technologies and trends are evolving in ways that will impact repair processes and repair businesses. Collision repair centers have an increasing responsibility for the proper calibration of safety systems on advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS)-equipped vehicles following a repair.

In this session, experts will explore pathways equipment manufacturers are taking to validate their solutions against varying sets of standards and approvals.

Doug Kelly, president, automotive aftermarket at Burke Porter Group, will discuss the evolution of providing calibration solutions and ADAS verification at OEM factories around the world. He will navigate how the lessons from OEM integration have helped to identify opportunities to serve the collision market, and meet unique challenges faced on the shop floor, different from those in the factory.

Jordan Krebs, product manager - alignment and ADAS, Americas of Snap-on Equipment, will join Summit attendees to discuss the process and learnings gained from seeking and receiving OEM approvals from specific manufacturers. The Snap-On Equipment brand John Bean manufactures the TRU-POINT ADAS calibration solution designed to perform recalibration according to the OEM specifications.

Josh McFarlin, president of AirPro Diagnostics, will then detail the process and results of independent testing on the Auggie, a patented mobile device for static recalibrations. McFarlin will focus on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash imminent braking (CIB) or automatic emergency braking (AEB) along with lane departure warning (LDW) test scenarios on vehicles re-calibrated with their solution.

The tests were performed by FT Techno of America (FTTA), an independent vehicle evaluation company at the Fowlerville Proving Grounds in Michigan. 

Following the presentations, these equipment manufacturers will be joined by a panel of individuals from the collision repair industry familiar with requirements, expectations and challenges in performing OEM-compliant calibrations. 

The panel will include Mike Anderson, president at Collision Advice; Andy Tylka, owner at TAG Auto Group and Midwest ADAS; and Mandy Wynn, national training and support manager at DCR Systems, LLC. 

The Summit also features two additional sessions earlier in the day: Session I: Understanding OEM Insurance, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PDT. This program will feature Andrew Rose, [resident of OnStar Insurance; Mike Slattery, head of insurance for Rivian; and Rob Spencer, president of Toyota Insurance, and vice president of Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC). The presenters will provide a deep dive into the emerging world of OEM insurance programs and insurance products designed and underwritten to deliver unique coverage to complement their vehicles and positively impact the consumer experience during the claims and repair process.

In addition, Session II: North American Automotive Material Outlook and Implications to Collision Repair, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PDT, will be led by Abey Abraham, principal, automotive and materials at Ducker Carlisle and Bertrand Rakoto, director, strategic intelligence at Ducker Carlisle.

The Ducker Carlisle team will outline research on the expected metallic and non-metallic material strategies that collision repair facilities will encounter.

Professionals in the collision repair industry will need to contend with an increased transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) and alternate fuels, leading to dynamic changes in the material makeup of vehicles, including more advanced grades of steel and various types of aluminum, magnesium and composites.

Following the presentation, Abraham and Rakoto will introduce Dan Black, senior manager, service engineering-collision at Rivian and Matthew Pitta, body repair technical manager at Lucid Motors, to discuss material selections in their models and essential details the industry will need to understand when repairing those vehicles.

Be sure to register online for this and related valuable RDE sessions at the 2023 SEMA Show by visiting today! 

Interested automotive professionals can choose sessions individually or register for a Full Series Pass, which gives attendees the greatest flexibility and best value as an "all-access" pass to every SCRS educational offering, including entry to the IDEAS Collide Showcase (Monday, October 30), one regular session in each available RDE time slot (Tuesday, October 31/Wednesday, November 1), all three sessions of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit (Thursday, November 2) and one (1) ticket to the SCRS Sky Villa Afterparty (Thursday, November 2 night).

The 2023 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit is made possible with additional support from AirPro Diagnostics, BASF Automotive Refinish, Car-O-Liner, CCC Intelligent Solutions, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Reliable Automotive Equipment Inc., Toyota Motor North America and SEMA.