NEWSBREAK_COLUMNS MASTERNewsBreak NACAT 2014 Focuses on Delivering
Service-Ready Technicians Industry Employers Can Hire The North
American Council of Au- tomotive Teachers’ 2014 annual con- ference
was held in Greenville, SC, from July 20-25, 2014. More than 250
NACAT members and 50 speakers at- tended. The pervasive theme at
NACAT 2014 was its desire to deliver more industry-ready
“We must meet the needs of indus- try employers who hire our
students,” explained Russ Ferguson, acting NACAT board chairperson.
“We have to teach to what the industry has and does,” agreed Keith
Santini, a NACAT board member, presenter and exhibitor for CDX
Automotive. “Technical school accreditation stan- dards and
instructional curriculum must adapt to and embrace current industry
needs on a continual basis.” He and many of the other 50 presen-
ters echoed this comment in the training seminars throughout the
week. It’s clear that many other auto- motive instructors feel an
urgency to teach to current and future needs more, and to the past
Several announcements were made at the closing business
•NACAT will continue to be an in- dependent corporation, with a
focus on developing working relationships with other leading
industry organiza- tions committed to better aligning au- tomotive
technical education with in- dustry employer needs.”
•Bill Haas was introduced as the NACAT’s new business manager, ef-
fective Aug. 1 of this year. He will al- so take on the role of
vice president for NACAT conferences in 2015.
•NACAT’s national office was moved to Tyler, TX, last month.
•By October, the NACAT board will complete a SWOT analysis to
deter- mine the best ways NACAT can pro- vide education to aspiring
technicians that matters to industry employers.
•The 2015 annual NACAT confer- ence will be held in Joliet, IL,
fol- lowed by NACAT 2016 in Hous- ton.—Bob Chabot
NASTF Connects Shop Owners, Techs & OEMs at AAPEX As of
mid-August, service operations representatives from a dozen
original equipment manufacturers had con- firmed their
participation in the Na- tional Automotive Service Task Force
(NASTF) Fall 2014 General Meeting, to take place Wednesday, Nov. 5
dur- ing the Automotive Aftermarket
Products Expo (AAPEX). The show is set for Nov. 4-6 at the Sands
Expo Center in Las Vegas.
The NASTF meeting has become part of the new Service Professionals
Program at AAPEX and offers an op- portunity for shop owners and
techni- cians to interact directly with OEMs to bring solutions in
service informa- tion. The meeting’s featured topic is “Aftermarket
Access to OEM Educa- tion Resources.” A confirmed agenda is
available at www.nastf.org/Gen- eralMeetings.
Kathleen Schmatz, president and chief operating officer of the Auto
Care Association, said that adding NASTF to the AAPEX Service
fessionals Program “brings the after- market one step closer to the
OEM. Sessions on the NASTF meeting agenda like ‘OEM Education Re-
sources’ and the ‘2018’ PC diagnostic requirements give both the
automak- er and the aftermarket technician in- sights into each
“Technicians, service writers and shop owners are the front line in
our industry and AAPEX…is committed to adding value for their time
at the show. The addition of the NASTF General Meeting to the AAPEX
Ser- vice Professionals Program is an im- portant step in
continuing the dialog among service providers, aftermarket channel
partners and suppliers so that all can innovate and win in to-
day’s aftermarket,” said Bill Long, president and chief operating
officer, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA).
For more information, visit the NASTF website given here, or con-
tact Skip Potter, NASTF executive di- rector, at
To register for AAPEX, log on to
Free Modules Added to Snap-on Training Website Snap-on receently
added free VAN- TAGE Ultra Training Solutions mod- ules to its
website at http://diagnos tics.snapon.com/trainingsolutions. The
four modules are designed to help professional service technicians
navi- gate the features and functionality of this new graphing
multimeter and high-speed, two-channel lab scope.
The new modules cover the follow- ing areas:
•Introduction and navigation: Start- up, Controls, Touch
•Meter Functions, Digital Multi- meter, Graphing Multimeter, Scope
•Guided Component Tests, Com- ponent Information: Component Op-
eration, Connectors, Component Lo- cation, Tech Notes.
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•Previous Vehicles and Data: Vehi- cle History, View Saved Data,
Delete Saved Data.
The Snap-on Training Solutions modules provide product training
that’s available 24/7, so technicians can access them when it’s
most convenient for them. All modules are free of charge, and
technicians can revisit the training sessions as often as necessary
to learn at their own pace and comfort level.
To learn more about VANTAGE Ultra, talk to a Snap-on representative
or visit http://diagnostics.snapon.com.
ACDelco Enhances Its E-Commerce Capabilities Mobile capability with
VIN scanning and the ability to accommodate un- limited users are
the latest enhance- ments for independent service cen- ters that
use ACDelco WIP, the on- line parts ordering system. The im-
provements are the first of many ACDelco (www.acdelco.com) plans as
a result of moving its e-business tool to a single vendor, WHI
Solutions of Rye Brook, NY.
WIP allows ACDelco suppliers to offer their full inventory of parts
for all makes and models to Independent Servcie Centers (ISCs),
along with real-time availability, price and labor. A single-vendor
approach also bene- fits ACDelco suppliers with better economies of
scale and growth op- portunities.
“WIP has a lot of great features with unique benefits, like our
Spe- cialty Catalogs,” said Stephen C. Sigg, global e-commerce
manager. “We are constantly updating our product to make it the
best choice to support the independent aftermarket business. Our
new WIP arrangement allows us to release new functionality more
quickly. In the coming months, our users will see many positive
According to Sigg, along with im- proved functionality, WIP will
retain the features users rely on. WIP re-
mains the source for the ACDelco specialty catalogs: Illustrated,
Battery, Chemical and Pigtail.
Other WIP features include rout- ing and tracking deliveries,
access to longstanding national ePromotions (Massachusetts
excluded) for GM Service Information (GMSi) and Technical
Information System (TIS2Web); the ACDelco Communi- ty exclusively
for WIP professionals; the Feedback button to help ensure that WIP
meets user needs; and the Home Tab to shop for ACDelco Sup- plier
For more information on WIP or locating an ACDelco supplier, call
MOTOR Magazine Adds Publishing Honors Continuing its longstanding
tradition of editorial excellence, MOTOR Maga- zine recently earned
a number of honors in three major competitions for work published
in 2013—the American Society of Business Publi- cation Editors
(“Azbees”), the Trade, Association and Business Publications
International (“Tabbies”) and the In- ternational Automotive Media
Com- petition (IAMC).
Karl Seyfert, MOTOR’s Executive Editor, was a big winner. His
article “Different Strokes: Internal Combus- tion Engines Still
Deliver” (March 2013 issue) garnered a Silver Tabbie award for best
technical article as well as Silver in the IAMC competi- tion in
the Technical: General catego- ry. In addition, Seyfert’s regularly
scheduled Trouble Shooter column earned a Gold IAMC award and a
Sil- ver Azbee.
John Lypen, MOTOR’s Editor and Publisher, was also a winner in the
three competitions. His Editor’s Re- port column won a Gold IAMC
award, a Silver Tabbie and a Bronze Azbee.
MOTOR’s contributing writers also collected some hardware for their
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category went to Sam Bell for “TPMS Sensors Reach Retirement Age”
(June 2013), and an IAMC Silver in the same cate- gory was awarded
to Bob Chabot for “Are You Planning for an Electric Surge?” (Sept.
Last but not least, everyone was honored by IAMC with a Silver
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Gates Training Offers Bonus Prizes to ASA Members Automotive
Service Association (ASA) education member Gates now offers ASA
members a free training and education program called Accel- eration
Sessions. The online video training series can be located at
www.gatesprotraining.com, and each quarter features new topics.
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watching a short educational video, members who pass a brief quiz
may receive a dining discount coupon worth $25.
In addition, ASA members are eli- gible for a bonus drawing of 25
ser- pentine belt drive displays if they use their ASA Promo Code
when they register for each Acceleration Ses- sions training event.
That’s in addi- tion to the regular prizes, which can include
various laser alignment tools or packages valued at approximately
“We are very proud to offer auto- motive repair professionals free
train- ing that helps them keep building their valuable skills,”
said Bobby Bas- sett, national training director, Gates Corp.
“Gates offers premium prod- ucts that give the ultimate perfor-
mance, just like our aftermarket channel partners are committed to
giving the best repairs possible, so
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on behalf of service and repair pro- fessionals, and how to become
a member, visit www.ASAshop.org, or call 800-272-7467 ext.
New Bosch Website Offers Help in Choosing the Right Replacement
Fuel Injector Bosch has launched a new customer awareness
initiative designed to pro- vide information and education nec-
essary to help diesel vehicle owners and technicians make the right
choice when purchasing replacement injec- tors for vehicle
The cornerstone of the initiative is
www.ChooseTheRightInjector.com, a new website that offers in-depth
in- formation on a variety of key topics, including why injectors
fail and the hazards of using nonauthorized re- manufactured
injectors. The site also includes a section on frequently asked
Bosch conducted an intense evalu- ation of a number of
nonauthorized rebuilt injectors available in the mar- ketplace.
More than 50% failed and presented a significant potential haz- ard
to the engine if installed in a diesel common-rail system,
including loss of power, decrease in fuel econo- my, increased
noise, smoke and en- gine and exhaust system damage, among other
“Common-rail engines are less for- giving of poor quality than
conven- tional engines,” said Ross Sander- cock, Director of Diesel
Products for Bosch Automotive Aftermarket. “Al- though there are
many options for se- lecting rebuilt/remanufactured injec- tors
that can save you money, there are also as many risks associated
with choosing an injector from a nonau- thorized manufacturer.
Consumers and technicians need to know the risks and understand the
choices they have in order to make an informed decision regarding
diesel vehicle ser- vice and performance.”
Using a problem-solution ap- proach, the new website takes visitors
through the most common injector failure scenarios, lists the
of those failures and offers tips on how to avoid them. The site
also in- cludes links to informational brochures, Bosch Vehicle
Part Finder and Where to Buy, which locates the nearest Bosch
Diesel sales outlet.
New Waveform Library Lets Users Save, Share & Search The latest
software release for British company Pico Technology’s Pico- Scope
3000 or 4000 Series automo- tive oscilloscope contains a feature
that the company thinks will be one of its most popular—the ability
to search a library of waveforms up- loaded by PicoScope users from
around the world. As of early August, more than 450 waveforms had
al- ready been uploaded by beta testers of the new software,
The Waveform Library browser contains comprehensive search op-
tions that allow the user to locate a relevant waveform for a
specific man- ufacturer or vehicle model. Wave- forms also can be
searched using only the engine code or ECU type, allow- ing the
user to locate a relevant entry that may have been saved using dif-
ferent vehicle details.
“I cannot remember how many times it would have been useful to have
a comparison waveform for a cir- cuit under test, especially when
com- paring camshaft/crankshaft timing,” said Steve Smith,
Automotive Applica- tions Specialist at Pico Technology
(www.picoauto.com). “Often this would involve sifting through your
own library, or contacting colleagues in the hope you might get
Sensors In the Future for Aftermarket Suppliers Digital vehicle
data drives telematics, remote diagnostics and many other
innovations for so-called connected cars, and measuring and
converting this information from many different locations on
vehicles is critical. That’s why the Automotive Aftermarket
Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket
division of the Motor & Equipment Manufac- turers Association
(MEMA), will fea- ture as the keynote speaker at its
2014 Technology Conference a rec- ognized expert in this area. The
con- ference theme is “Connecting Through Technology.”
Mark Schluentz, market segment leader, Sensata Technologies, will
present “Convergence of Mechanical and Digital,” which will discuss
the use of sensors and microprocessors to measure physical
parameters from many locations on vehicles and con- vert this
information to valuable digi- tal data. In addition to his keynote
address, Schluentz will participate in a small group discussion
with atten- dees that will delve deeper into the convergence of
mechanical parts and digital data.
“The 2014 AASA Technology Con- ference is the one event in the
auto- motive and heavy-duty aftermarket industries addressing how
current and emerging technologies will drive efficiencies, reduce
customer trends and forecast future needs,” noted Bill Long, AASA
presi- dent and chief operating officer.
“Sensor technology will connect vehicle and part performance with
vehicle owners, suppliers and service professionals,” said Chris
Gardner, AASA vice president, programs and member services. “Mark
will discuss the growing number of nonautomo- tive and automotive
applications that provide data that are part of the ‘In- ternet of
The 2014 AASA Technology Con- ference will feature an interactive
format with 20-minute keynote pre- sentations and small group
Q&A ses- sions concurrent with other speakers. Breakout
sessions will include mar- keting technology, information tech-
nology and heavy-duty technology. The conference will be held Oct.
5-7 at Marco Island, FL. For more infor- mation, visit
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