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  • 13 Oct 2017 8:07 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    The Auto Care Association and the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) have announced support for the vehicle data access and control amendment that was included in the U.S. Senate Bill 1885 (S1885), the “American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies” (AV START) Act. Read more.
  • 05 Sep 2017 10:37 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    When Jim Dykstra became part owner of his family’s auto repair service business in 1994, mechanics diagnosed car problems by looking under the hood. Soon after, car manufacturers started to add computer controls to vehicles’ steering wheels, airbags, brakes, windows, mirrors, and just about everything else. Dykstra’s current Audi has around 75 computer modules in it, and employees at his three repair shops near Grand Rapids, Michigan, are more appropriately called “technicians” than mechanics.  Read More.

  • 28 Jul 2017 8:10 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    Automechanika hit the ground running this year, with the Business Outlook Conference kicking off the first day at McCormick Place West. Collision Repair magazine is the official Canadian Media Partner for NACE Automechanika.  A panel discussion on telematics and in-vehicle connectivity was moderated by Greg Potter of the Equipment and Tool Institute, with panellists Bob Stewart of General Motors, Bill Leisenring of Delphi/Control Tec, Mike Fitzgerald of Innova and Tim Morgan of Spanesi.  Read More.

  • 08 May 2017 7:50 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    ETI congratulates the new Officers and Board Members on their election or appointment to office for 2017-2018.


    Officers (one year term)
    President:  Brian Herron (Drew Technologies)
    Vice President, Programs:  Jim Fish (Lemur Monitors)
    Vice President, Marketing:  Kevin FitzPatrick (Farsight)
    Secretary/Treasurer:  Robert Vogt (IOSiX)

    Elected for a one year term on the Board of Directors:

    Tim Morgan (Spanesi Americas)

    Elected for a two year term on the Board of Directors:

    Chuck Abbott (CPS Products)

    Elected to a three year term on the Board of Directors:

    Tom Bertosa (Bosch Automotive Service Solutions)
    Andreas Huber (MAHLE Service Solutions)

    Appointed to fill vacant seats for a one year term on the Board of Directors:

    Ed Prange (Bosch Automotive Service Solutions)
    Harlan Siegel (Launch Tech USA)

    Remaining Board Members (not up for election)

    Expiring in 2017-18
    Neil Davis (Snap-on Diagnostics)
    David Rich (Innova)

    Expiring in 2018-2019

    Peter Richardson (Car-O-Liner)

    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 and Events Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 37899 12 Mile Rd, Suite 220, Farmington Hills, Michigan  48331. Phone: 248-656-5085; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.


  • 07 Mar 2017 11:24 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) fully agrees with the process of the pre- and post- systems scan position many in the industry are taking.


    The electronic safety systems on today’s vehicles are very important for occupant safety and must be checked after a repair for proper functionality. The pre-scan is now necessary for the repair facility to be able to help scope and estimate the repair processes required for a safe and complete repair.

    This is an important concern for collision repair providers as the vast majority are not OEM dealership facilities. The need for affordable access to the tools that are essential to perform safe, complete and accurate repairs is extremely important. It is unlikely most shops will be able to justify the purchase cost of multiple OEM scan tools for this procedure since independent body shops work on a great variety of OEM’s vehicles. Thus, the importance of having accurate, timely and affordable OEM scan tool data provided to the aftermarket to ensure our members have the information necessary to fully emulate the factory tool functions.

    While we understand that many of the manufactures do not know the capabilities of all the aftermarket scan tools, we know that many of the higher quality aftermarket tools provide the needed and necessary functions to complete a pre- and post scan properly for a majority of the vehicles they currently service.

    Data for the development of aftermarket scan tools is provided directly to scan tool manufacturers as agreed by previous contracts in the US so as to be able to fully emulate the factory tool. Many OEM’s provide this information in an affordable, accurate and timely manner. Yet some OEM’s are less forthcoming and either restrict access to important data or price it at unaffordable levels. These access issue continue to plague the industry.

    ETI has no concern with repairers utilizing OEM tools when they are available and endorses their use in situations where they may be needed e.g. vehicles in their early years of service, where coverage may not be implemented in the current aftermarket tool release.

    For more information, contact ETI Executive Manager, Greg Potter, at gpotter@etools.org or 248-656-5080.

  • 28 Feb 2017 2:36 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    ETI is participating as a charter member of a new SAE initiative on automotive cybersecurity.  SAE J3138 Data Link Connector Vehicle Security Committee and the associated Task Force has been created to address security concerns with the OBD (J1962) connector.This effort is in response to recent inquires from Congress and NHTSA to prevent unauthorized vehicle hacking.

    The newly formed task force is looking to create a set of standards to help secure the Diagnostic Link Connector (DLC) while maintaining legitimate access for OBD emissions testing, aftermarket repair tools and technicians.

    ETI encourages technical participation in this effort from all of its members that access in-vehicle network data. The relevant SAE committee identifiers are TEVDS20 and TEVDS21 for the committee and task force respectively. For more information contact Greg Potter (gpotter@etools.org) or Rick Matz (Rmatz@etools.org) at ETI.

  • 24 Feb 2017 1:58 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) has established a new strategic planning process to guide the organization in its direction, initiatives, and activities. The ETI Board of Directors and Staff teamed up with the Baker Strategy Group in an intensive one day strategic planning session to develop a roadmap for the Institute.  The plan is inclusive of the full spectrum of ETI priorities and all the association's future undertakings will be guided from the output of this work. Our efforts will focus on areas that will benefit our membership, support our mission, strengthen our ties with our industry partners and ensure the future of ETI.


    Bob Holland, ETI’s President
    stated, “having the Baker Strategy Group in during our Strategic Planning session in Ann Arbor was very beneficial.  Like the organization itself, the ETI board is made up of people from many different segments of the automotive aftermarket and we each had specific goals and ideas we wanted to explore.   The Baker team was able to help facilitate our session allowing our team to come up with several new initiatives, which should add value for all of our member companies.   We had a lot of momentum already, we just needed someone to help us plot the course to get there faster”.

    “Strategy planning is a continuous process and this is just a beginning for us, but a very valuable focus for the team to follow to keep the high relevance the association has provided in the past continuing into the future. We are fortunate to be in a very solid current state and able to spend this time mapping our current and future vision.” added Greg Potter, ETI’s Executive Manager.

    The initial output of this exercise is a strategy map which identifies ETI’s mission, beliefs, metrics, stakeholders, products/services and generated key initiatives and tasks. This initial strategy map is intended to be a starting point with a slightly shorter vision that is intended to be evolutionary as the Institutes progresses. Every January ETI plans to review the strategy map, make any appropriate adjustments and look farther into the future of this rapidly changing industry.

    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 and Events Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 37899 12 Mile Rd, Suite 220, Farmington Hills, Michigan  48331. Phone: 248-656-5085; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org
  • 09 Feb 2017 1:58 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Ben Johnson, director of product management for Mitchell 1, will present a session on “Industry Trends,” as well as moderate a panel discussion on emerging technologies, during Equipment & Tool Institute’s (ETI) ToolTech conference on Wednesday, April 26, in New Orleans. The Industry Trends session is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the panel discussion will take place at 2:15 p.m.  Read More.

  • 09 Jan 2017 9:19 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    When:  April 25-27, 2017
    Where:  New Orleans, LA

    ToolTech focuses solely on automotive-related tool and equipment companies and the individuals at the forefront of the industry and technological advances.  Attendees come to ToolTech to network with industry insiders, peers, OEM personnel, and meet with key companies in the marketplace.

    Learn, grow, and gain valuable insights from speaker sessions and presentations from industry leaders, one-on-one meetings, press conferences, and the company spotlight activity.  There is no other forum offered like this for our segment of the service industry.

    For more information and to register for ToolTech click here.

  • 26 Jul 2016 10:23 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Tech giants seek to access and monetize vehicle metadata.  Automakers are increasingly connecting their new car models to meet growing consumer demand for in-car technology. But automakers aren't the only players seeking opportunities in the connected car market.  Technology industry giants — such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and many others — have begun to view and monetize opportunities to use data provided by automobiles and occupants. They even suggest the "zero dollar car" is at hand.  Read More.

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