ST. LOUIS — Hunter Engineering Co.'s Kaleb Silver, senior product manager, will be part of an educational panel at the upcoming Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, speaking on the impact of advanced safety systems on routine maintenance services.
Mr. Silver will be part of the SCRS Repairer Driven Education — OEM Session II: The Impact of Advanced Vehicle Systems on Routine Repair Process and Procedure (OEM2), scheduled for Nov. 2 from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The SCRS RDE series will feature seminar offerings that focus on issues and information relevant to collision repair professionals and address differing marketplace perspectives within that business sector.
In his presentation, Mr. Silver will focus on how advanced safety systems being installed increasingly by vehicle makers can impact routine services such as wheel alignments.
He also will participate in a panel discussion featuring representatives of OEM, association and Tier I suppliers to discuss the growing complexities facing the repair marketplaces.
Hunter noted that increasing numbers of vehicles sold today include advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), which, in nearly every case, require a "safety system alignment" be performed in addition to the mechanical alignment to meet the vehicle makers' OEM specs.
Such safety system alignments can add significant time and expense to complete, Hunter said, as many OEMs require additional procedures, calibrations and tools to ensure restoration of vehicle functionality.
Hunter studied this emerging trend and begun to incorporate many of these safety system alignment procedures — such as such as adaptive cruise control (ACC) and lane departure warning systems (LDW) — into its WinAlign system.