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  • 03 Sep 2015 1:02 PM | Deleted user

    Parts & People attended and covered the recent Equipment and Tool Institute’s (ETI) ToolTech 2015 conference, “The Connected Vehicle: Opportunities and Challenges.” In this column, in June, we wrote about how the aftermarket telematics industry will have a problem if the OEMs have little interest, desire or need to address the aftermarket.  Efforts to make the J1962 diagnostic connector more secure may affect the extent of aftermarket access.  Read More.

  • 28 Aug 2015 12:20 PM | Deleted user

    The board of directors of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) has announced the appointment of Jessie Korosec of the Equipment & Tool Institute (ETI) and Valerie Sullivan of American Honda as 2015-‘16 co-chairs of the NASTF Communications Committee.  Read More.

  • 14 Aug 2015 10:31 AM | Deleted user

    Vinchattle, Larry S. "Mick" was born on July 31, 1943, on a farm in North Central Iowa to Roy and Gretchen Stephenson Vlnchattle. The family moved to a small town, Gowrie, when Mick was 1 year old. He grew up there and graduated from Gowrie High School. After graduation he work several years for a local company, Buskee Industries, before moving to Milwaukee where he lived and worked for Blackhawk Industries. Mick traveled extensively for Blackhawk throughout the United States and other countries. He was in charge of training and marketing programs for their company, as well as all trade show activities. Mick enjoyed many rounds of golf in his earlier years. He was active in bowling, belonging to two or three leagues at a time and trav­eling to tournaments. He had the bowling "Bug" like his dad. Mick enjoyed traveling with his good buddy Russ and meeting with the guys for coffee every day, and telling a good story, also another one of his favorite past-times. Mick was preceded in death by his wife Mary (nee Ollmann), his parents Roy and Gretchen, two brothers Harold and Ronney, three sisters Zelda, Sharon and Glee. He is survived by his sister Doris Martin of Ames, Iowa, brother Jerry of Texas, and many nieces and nephews. Mick looked forward to getting to travel home, and to once again be with Mary. Visitation at the Funeral Home, Friday, August 14th (TODAY) 4-7PM, additional visitation Saturday August 15th at ST. MATTHIAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 9606 W. Beloit Rd., 9-9:45AM. Mass of Christian Burial lOAM. Interment Highland Memorial Park.

  • 06 Aug 2015 9:01 AM | Deleted user

    The Auto Care Association and the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Aftermarket Telematics Challenge. Now in its fourth year, the Challenge seeks to recognize the best examples of aftermarket technology in telematics. This is the first year the Challenge is being co-sponsored by ETI.  Read More. For submission information, click here.

  • 28 Jul 2015 11:09 AM | Deleted user

    The independent automotive aftermarket faces an imminent “communications conundrum.” Telematics have reached a tipping point that will impact service, repair and custom shops and technicians at many levels. Recently, the Automotive Aftermarket Telematics Force (TFF) provided an industry update to a broad spectrum of attendees at ToolTech 2015, hosted by the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI).  Read More.

  • 27 Jul 2015 3:00 PM | Deleted user

    At the second annual Technology & Telematics Forum during NACE | CARS 2015 on June 22 in Detroit, several panels of industry experts talked about the impacts of that question. They also discussed many of the advancements and challenges presented by the impending revolution in wireless vehicle technology and how different parts of the market may be impacted.  Read More.

  • 20 Apr 2015 3:13 PM | Deleted user

    ETI’s Annual ToolTech conference remains the premiere event in the tool and equipment industry with more than 115 professionals from over 50 companies in attendance at this year’s ToolTech 2015 in Austin, Texas  

    The Equipment and Tool Institute's ToolTech conference provided an unequalled opportunity to attend informative industry focused presentations and take away valuable information about the “Connected Vehicle:  Opportunities and Challenges”, this year’s theme.

    ToolTech 2015 featured presentations and panel discussions with cellular network providers, telematics experts, shop owners, vehicle manufacturer representatives, and collision repair specialists covering a variety of topics surrounding telematics and trends, as well as discussion groups on the driverless vehicle, new technologies and trends in the industry, and proper collision repairs and OEM procedures. 

    ToolTech 2015 Keynote Speaker and body language expert Eliot Hoppe introduced the crowd to the silent language of influence and how actions can motivate and persuade others to comply with ease through entertaining live demonstrations and video examples.   Attendees learned how what they see and hear can influence both positive and negative outcomes in their ability to be successful both professionally and personally.

    The link to ToolTech 2015 Presentations is available on the homepage of ETI’s website,

    Twenty-four ETI member companies showcased their organizations during the Company Spotlight Happy Hour and others were given the opportunity to present new products to the media during press conference and to engage in private one-on-on-one meetings with individuals and companies of interest.

    There was plenty of time for networking during the event’s opening reception and the closing dinner which were held at two restaurants with rooftop views of Austin's world famous 6th street district.

     “ToolTech 2015 was very well attended and continues to be one of the most informative events in the industry.  The speakers and panelists were very knowledgeable and the topics were pertinent and provided the latest developments and trends in the tool and equipment segment to the attendees,” said Jessie Korosec, ETI Marketing and Event Manager.  “The Discussion Groups continue to grow in popularity and participation and the newly revamped Company Spotlight Happy Hour provided an excellent stage for our member companies to highlight their products and services.  We would like to thank the attendees and presenters for their support and we look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s ToolTech in Monterey, California, April 25 -28, 2016”.

    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.

  • 27 Feb 2015 1:21 PM | Deleted user

    Cars and computers are converging, and the plugs prove it.  Across the auto industry, a transition is underway to Ethernet, the networking system widely used to connect PCs to the Internet and one another. It is the best way, most automakers and suppliers have decided, to handle the huge amounts of data that next-generation driver-assist and infotainment systems will need to transmit and process. Read More

  • 24 Jun 2014 11:20 AM | Deleted user
    The Equipment and Tool Institute’s (ETI) ToolTech 2014, held in Sonoma, CA, early last month, is one of those few events that affords a glimpse at the future of the automotive industry—from top to bottom.  Read More
  • 08 Apr 2014 8:42 AM | Deleted user
    The “Connected Shop” has been evolving for almost 2 decades, with North American and European standards defining how shop management systems, information systems and diagnostic tools can share information in a seamless environment. What do these “connected” strategies mean as the Connected Car becomes more pervasive in the car parc? ToolTech 2014 explores the connected shop, both Dealership and Aftermarket, and how they will interact with the Connected Vehicle, with a powerful lineup of panel discussions and speakers – from OE and Aftermarket companies participating in the “Connected” environments – so that the automotive service network is equipped to take advantage of these new technologies to provide the services our customers expect.

    Keynote Speaker
    Monday 3:30 - 5:00 PM
    Integrating Digital and Social Media into your Mix
    Suse Barnes - President and Digital Marketing Consultant - Susby Internet Solutions

    OEM Panel - Question and Answer Session with the Automakers

    Tuesday 9:00 - 10:30 AM
    Bob Stewart, Aftermarket Service Support and Brand Protection, GM
    Wes Arnold, Assistant Manager, Special Tools/Tool and Equipment Program, Honda
    Tom Wall, Technical Information and Diagnostics Manager, Toyota
    Jim VonEhr, Manager, Technical Information and Serviceability, Nissan
    Nathan Knight, Regulatory Affairs Engineer, Porsche
    Kurt Immekus, Service Publications Regulatory Specialist, Volkswagen
    Dennis Blough, Director Marine and Auto Service - Division Head, Suzuki

    Shop Owner/Technician Perspective Panel
    Tuesday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    Richard Kahn, Owner, Earth In Upheaval
    Harry Dhaliwal, Owner, Drive Rite Automotive
    Scott Andrews, Owner, Pacific Rim Automotive
    Ray Paoletti, Owner, Personalized Auto Care
    Jason Smith, Technician, Dana Point Auto Service
    Aaron Christaldi, Technician, Paul’s Japanese Auto Repair

    Connected Vehicle Session - Data and Information Access
    Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Vehicle Data Ownership
    Stephen Finnegan - Manager, Government and Community Affairs, Automobile Club of Southern California
    Greg Brannon- Director, Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations - AAA National Office

    Safe and Secure Access to Vehicle Data (The Vehicle Station Gateway)
    Greg Potter - Global Director - Business Development and Product Management - DG Technologies

    Access to Vehicle Manufacturer Training Materials

    Mark Warren - Trainer - WorldPac Technical Training Program
    Rob Morrell - Director – WorldPac Training Institute

    Question and Answer Session on Technology Integration and National Accounts

    Thursday 9:00 - 10:30 AM
    George Hoffman, Manager Automotive Assets, Sears Automotive
    Martin Corbett, Director, Property Management Purchasing and Service Equipment, The PepBoys

    Panel Discussion on Collision Service Procedures
    Thursday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    Kelly Logan,
    Project Manager--Body Repair Program, Tesla Motors
    Dan Risley, President, ASA
    Steve Marks, Industry Technical Support Manager, I-CAR
    For more information on the Speakers and Subjects that will be presented at ToolTech 2014, click here.

    Quick Links
    ToolTech Home Page
    ToolTech Schedule
    Booth Registration
    Discussion Group Registration


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