SCRS Announces Three SEMA Sessions for OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit

Oct. 17, 2023
The Society of Collision Repair Specialists will be holding three informative sessions at the 2023 SEMA Show.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) will be holding three informative sessions at the 2023 SEMA Show, according to a press release.

The sessions are part of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, taking place at the SEMA Show on November 2 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The first session, “Understanding OEM Insurance,” will be led by Andrew Rose, president 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.

The session will explore the OEM insurance programs currently available, as well as what insurance products are best designed for their vehicles and what best helps consumers through claims and repairs.

The second session is titled “North American Automotive Material Outlook and Implications to Collision Repair” and is led by Abey Abraham, principal of automotive and materials at Ducker Carlisle, and Bertrand Rakoto, director of strategic intelligence at Ducker Carlisle.

The two will discuss current research that exists on metallic and non-metallic material strategies and how fleets transitioning to EVs will result in changes such as more advanced grades of steel, various types of aluminum, magnesium, and composites.

Following this presentation, Dan Black, senior manager of service engineering-collision at Rivian, and Matthew Pitta, body repair technical manager at Lucid Motors, will talk about material selections found in their vehicle models. 

The final, third session of the day will be “Research and validation of calibration solutions.” Jordan Krebs, product manager of alignment and ADAS, Americas of Snap-on Equipment will begin the session by detailing the process of seeking and gaining OEM approvals from specific manufacturers and what can be gained from doing so.

The second part of the session features Josh McFarlin, president of AirPro Diagnostics, revealing the process and results of independent testing done on the Auggie, a patented, mobile device for static recalibrations. NHTSA NCAP Crash Imminent Braking or AEB and Lane Departure Warning test scenarios were implemented on vehicles re-calibrated with their solution.

Afterward, the two will be joined by a panel consisting of 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.

Click here for more information or to register for these sessions.

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