By Ashley Reyes
Robert Cavanagh--senior product manager at AP Emissions Technologies LLC--is the latest Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) member to share his insight on technology trends that he is utilizing and seeing in the automotive aftermarket industry.
Read more in his interview with SEMA News below.
SEMA News: What technology tools, new or old, have you leaned on recently?
Robert Cavanagh: I am a huge proponent of using Excel to manipulate data. It might seem like an older tool, and sometimes it may not be the best tool for a very specific task, but it's a jack of all trades and can handle just about anything reasonably well. Its versatility is a strong point, especially as Microsoft continues to add features.
SN: What new trends have you noticed within the industry?
RC: As a catalytic converter manufacturer, we have noticed a significant trend of OEs using larger and more complex converter systems as emissions regulations become stricter. This has led to more intricate pipe routing and bending, as well as an increase in catalyst material used. There are also more sensors to integrate the emissions control systems with the ECU, becoming an active part of the system rather than a passive one.
SN: What is the single best career advice you've been given?
RC: I always think of a quote from a past mentor when I see this question: "Don't be afraid to take action because not choosing a path forward is the wrong choice. If you don't make a decision, the decision will make you (or break you). If you need more information to make your decision, don't wait; go out and get it."
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