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AAPEX to Host NATSF Fall General Meeting

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Aug. 20, 2015—AAPEX announced on Wednesday that it will host the National Automotive Service Task Force (NATSF) Fall General Meeting. The NASTF meeting will take place on Nov. 4, from 1–4:30 p.m. in the Casanova Room 504 at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

The meeting will feature a session on “SAE J2534-1 v5.00: The Benefits for OEMs, Technicians and Tool Makers,” which will start at 2:15 p.m. The session will be presented by Kurt Immekus, service publications specialist for Volkswagen of America, and Greg Potter, executive manager of the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI).

“Shops, technicians, automakers and tool companies are keenly aware that advances in technology offer benefits, as well as challenges. While the benefits of upgrading OEM programming software and J-devices to the new standard are huge, adoption is likely to take a large voluntary commitment from the industry before the government steps in to make it mandatory,” said Skip Potter, NASTF executive director.

Immekus and ETI’s Potter will cover the benefits of SAE J2534-1 v5.00, including:

  • OEMs and tool makers greatly improve compatibility between OEM programming applications and device firmware. Validation is less formal and the expense of it is greatly reduced for both OEMs and device-makers. The technician improves productivity and the help desks have one less concern to handle.
  • The actual range of vehicles covered and programmable modules served improves for device-makers, giving technician’s a clearer picture of what to buy; and reducing the number of device brands and models necessary in an all-make service shop.
  • Reprogramming times are greatly reduced.

They will also address the challenged, including:

  • The 2018 diagnostic requirements present a related, additional challenge.
  • OEMs are not all in the same place with SAE J2534 today.
  • Upgrades cost money for everyone, and to coordinate investments between OEMs, technicians and device-makers is a great expectation.

Registration for the event is not required,  but seating is limited. Registration is required for AAPEX.

The full agenda for the NASTF Fall 2015 General Meeting can be found here

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