4-4-11 NASTF Spring Meeting Spotlights Communication
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For Immediate Release Contact: Mary Hutchinson
E-mail: Mary Hutchinson
NASTF Spring Meeting Spotlights Communication
A panel discussion led by Charlie Gorman, NASTF past-chairman, titled Exploring ways to improve communications between OEMs and the Aftermarket is one example of this communication-focused content. “We have identified this issue several times and at several meetings,” said Gorman. “When designing, manufacturing and putting together service support systems, OEMs tend to concentrate on their own closed network. Often aftermarket repair issues are not considered during the serviceability process. What appears to be a conspiracy to some aftermarket organizations is in reality simple inattention. Concentrating on aftermarket needs has never been a priority or a requirement.”
- How NASTF and other industry associations might study NASTF Information Request trends and develop guidance in the form of standards or recommended practices.
- How the development of generic data templates for aftermarket scan tools might help aftermarket scan tool companies improve model and system coverage on their tools.
- How standardization of diagnostic hardware and software designed to operate on commonly available appliances in every repair environment might lower costs and improve coverage for aftermarket shops.
Other presentations during the Spring meeting will cover suggestions for improving NASTF awareness within the aftermarket community, as well as committee reports covering Service Information, Collision Repair, Tools and Equipment, Communications and Vehicle Security.
There is no need to register to attend the NASTF General Meeting, which will be held at 1:00 pm on May 3 at the Gansevoort Miami Beach in conjunction with ETI’s ToolTech event. Registration is required to attend ToolTech.
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