Toronto, OntarioOct. 9, 2019The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has announced topics and details for two of its upcoming sessions for the 2019 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit at the 2019 SEMA Show.

SCRS will offer three different sessions, all held on Nov. 7 inside the 2019 SEMA Show. The sessions span the entire day and are designed to put SEMA Show attendees in a room with innovators in structural design and technology.

SCRS’s “HELP! A comprehensive conversation surrounding accessibility to OEM procedures and technical support” will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m and will discuss what has become one of the most prolific conversations in the collision repair industry: accessing, utilizing and documenting adherence to OEM repair procedures.

It will be led by Mike Anderson, president of Collision Advice and former owner of Wagonwork Collision Centres, two acclaimed shops in Alexandria, Virginia. The panel will include Dan Black, advanced body development and collision repair manager at Fiat Chrysler; Eric Mendoza of Toyota Motor North America’s collision operations; Nicole Riedel, wholesale parts specialist at Subaru of America; and Scott Kaboos, chief instructor for collision repair at American Honda Motor Co.

SCRS will also offer a session on OEM welding expectations, where it will discuss how to improve weld performance through maintenance, frequent training, practicing protocols, destructive testing and quality control considerations.

The question period will be led by Mark Olson, CEO of VECO Experts, an independent organization that works directly with automakers to perform on-site assessments, repair inspections and technical training lessons to ensure fit, finish, durability, value and consumer safety.

The welding session’s panellists include Shawn Hart, collision instructor and curriculum designer at Audi of America; Dave Gruskos, president of Reliable Automotive Equipment; Robert Hiser, technical training specialist and OEM liaison for Spanesi Americas; Ryan Swanson, training development manager for Pro Spot International; and Rick Miller, a program consultant for Jaguar Land Rover.

SCRS will host another session from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m on Nov. 7. It will focus on preparing for emerging trends in automotive technology, though SCRS has not released further details on the session.

The 2019 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit will be held all day on Thursday, Nov. 7 as part of the 2019 SEMA Show. This marks the program fifth year that it has been included in SCRS’s Repairer Driven Education lineup.

To register for the summit, please visit scrs.com/rde, where you may select individual sessions or purchase the Full Series Pass.

 

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