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Friday, 03 June 2016 18:36

ABAT Members Learn from Industry Change Leaders

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On May 4-5, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) held Industry Change Leader presentations at the As-Tech facility in Plano, TX.

According to Burl Richards, president of ABAT, "The meeting went very well and was extremely informative. Attendees were extremely interactive and asked a lot of questions. The event actually exceeded my expectations."

Jake Rodenroth of Collision Diagnostic Services provided a demonstration on the capabilities of the As-Tech 2 Scan Tool. Richards stated, "It was very eye-opening and educational. It also clearly pointed out the need to perform and include a pre-scan of diagnostics on virtually all wrecked vehicles before the repair process begins."

Ken Boylan, global training manager for Chief Industries, discussed new technology as well as the various metals and other materials used to manufacture new vehicles. He also stressed the necessity of continuing education in order to make proper repairs since the repair process has changed drastically over the past five years. 

Additionally, Carl Dumele, CEO and president of Aeromotive, provided information on the steps and procedures involved in making their products. Richards referred to these processes as "very technologically advanced and definitely a great alternative when it comes to price savings as opposed to having to replace entire wiring harnesses and other connectors on damaged vehicles."

Richards said, "The purpose of the event was to provide much-needed education when it comes to making safe and proper repairs on today's vehicles. We as shops need to be seeking out this type of information, and ABAT is committed to helping do that. Shops need to have a voice and an outlet upon which they can rely to obtain information."

ABAT released their new website on May 16 at www.abat.us, and the association is busily preparing for its first conference and trade show to be held September 16-17. 

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