Equipment and Tool Institute Announces 2016-2017 Officers and New Directors

ETI congratulates the new Officers and Board Members on their election to office for 2016-2017

Officers (one year term)
President – Bob Holland (Chief Automotive Technologies)
Vice President, Programs – Brian Herron (Drew Technologies)
Vice President, Marketing – Jim Fish (Bosch Automotive Service Solutions)
Secretary/Treasurer – Kevin FitzPatrick
Immediate Past President – Tim Morgan (Spanesi Americas Inc.)


The Equipment and Tool Institute announces the line up of Industry Leaders for the Heavy Duty Discussion Group at ToolTech 2016

TT BannerDon’t miss out on your opportunity for communication and collaboration during the Heavy Duty Discussion Group.  

If you’re looking for timely and relevant industry information to incorporate into your business goals and objectives, then check out this Discussion Group. Join your colleagues and other industry professionals for an in-depth discussion on issues and information on the Heavy Duty Industry and the Memorandum of Understanding that will affect the automotive aftermarket tool and equipment segment.


Telematics Update Cyber Security Conference 2016


Light through keyholeThe Telematics Update 2016 Cyber Security Conference took place on March 29-30, 2016 at the Baronette Renaissance Hotel in Novi MI.

There were about 200 attendees drawing from the OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, DOT, TSA, DHS, NHSTA, security researchers and other vendors in the automotive supply chain. There are plenty of 3rd parties present which could evaluate your products’ vulnerabilities and make recommendations to better their security.

There were five exhibitors: Argus Cyber Security, JDM Systems Consultants, Symantec, VisualThreat and WardsAuto.

The highest profile speaker was US Senator Gary Peters (MI), who wanted to emphasize that the government would like to see this industry devise and implement solutions to the looming threats of cyberattacks and not have to write regulations.


The Equipment and Tool Institute Hires Rick Matz as Technical Manager

Rick Matz smThe Equipment and Tool Institute today announced Rick Matz has joined the organization as the Technical Manager. Matz will help manage the ETI TEK-NET Library, including helping member companies understand the library and the data in it and seek information from OEMs when it is determined that the information the member companies need to design and build their tools is missing.

Matz will also be responsible for developing and gathering technical information and articles for the Institute’s publications; coordinating the meeting activities of Vertical Groups and the Technical Committee; representing ETI in its cooperative efforts with other trade associations; and serving as the ETI representative and attending key SAE and ISO committee meetings that affect tool and equipment design and manufacturing.


Beyond J2534 v5.00 — Forces to be Reckoned With: Ethernet, OTA updates, ITS, secure interfaces and encryption mechanisms emerge

Contributed by Bob Chabot, ManicMedia LLC

Art2_Fig9_GregPotterThis is the second of a two-part interview with Greg Potter, the Equipment and Tool Institute’s (ETI) Executive Manager, in which he shares some of the key impressions and information he’s gathered while representing ETI at several leading automotive and related industry events in the past few months. This installment continues the “question and answer” format used in Part 1, but the focus shifts from J2534 version 5.00 to new inbound technologies that are poised to change how vehicles communicate and ultimately how they are serviced. (more…)

J2534 v05.00 Arrives — Are You Up to Speed? SAE new J2534 standard is faster, more compatible and improves shop efficacy

Contributed by Bob Chabot, ManicMedia LLC

Art2_Fig9_GregPotterGreg Potter, in addition to carrying out his regular day-to-day duties as the Equipment and Tool Institute’s (ETI) Executive Manager, also attends conferences and other events that grow the influence and relationship ETI has with stakeholders in the automotive and related industries. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Potter in regards to some of his travels on behalf of the ETI membership. “These events are the hotbeds where the key issues driving the automotive industry and the future of ETI member companies are being discussed and determined. It’s critical that ETI be represented and develop relationships, so that our members can leverage opportunities and be part of the solutions.”


The Equipment and Tool Institute Launches Important Service and Repair Capability Market Research Study

In an effort to assist our members in bringing new and improved equipment and tools to the marketplace, The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) has launched a series of Market Research Projects. The current survey covers repair services. ETI will use this research to help all segments of the automotive industry provide aftermarket shops with better equipment and solutions.

ETI is surveying automotive repair facilities to learn what services are offered by shops and which of those services are performed by in-house technicians, outsourced technicians, or sending the vehicle to a different shop. We would also like to learn which services customers ask for that are currently being turned down, and why.

There will be a presentation on the findings of ETI’s Market Research Study at ToolTech 2016 in Monterey, California during the ETI Business Meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016.


Automotive Cybersecurity Collaboration

By Charlie Gorman

At ETI’s request I attended and participated in last month’s NHTSA Cybersecurity Roundtable held in Washington, DC.  The one day meeting included industry and other experts to facilitate the industry’s development and adoption of vehicle cybersecurity standards and best practices.

This was not a meeting to explain what cybersecurity is, or to discuss whether or not cybersecurity is important. It was a meeting to talk about what is available, what works, how can it be implemented successfully and what can NHTSA do to make sure it happens?


Equipment and Tool Institute Unveils Redesigned Website

breaking news Email HeaderThe Equipment and Tool Institute announces the launch of its updated website The completely redesigned website provides members with easy access to essential information, ETI event details, ETI Member search, key documents and presentations, an industry events calendar, job postings, and important industry information.

The new ETI website offers a clean, modern design, easy-to-navigate functionality, and a content-rich site experience and features streamlined access to ETI sub sites including ETI’s Events, TEK-NET Library, market research, and OEM data licensing information. There is also a section dedicated to prospective members where they can find key information about ETI, the benefits of membership, and how to join ETI.


Register Now For ToolTech 2016, April 25-28 in Monterey, California

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Automotive Technology…Life In The Fast Lane
The Equipment and Tool Institute’s ToolTech conference is an unparalleled opportunity for industry professionals to network and meet with OEMs, tool and equipment companies, national chain stores, large suppliers, dealer groups, distributors, manufacturer reps, and many other industry leaders.  ToolTech focuses solely on automotive-related tool and equipment companies and the individuals at the forefront of the industry and technological advances.

Attendee Opportunities at ToolTech:

  • Promote themselves, their capabilities, their products, and to interface with industry insiders
  • Network with industry peers.
  • Meet potential customers and potential product providers.
  • Confer with customers.
  • Convene in structured, private one-on-one meetings.
  • Gain valuable insights from presentations by industry leaders.
  • Cost effective/ high value way to meet with many OEM’s and customers in one venue.

Speaker Sessions
ETI will partner with leading experts to prepare you and your company for what lies ahead. Get ready for Life In The Fast Lane at the automotive aftermarket repair industry’s most thought-provoking annual event!

One-on-One Meetings
ETI Member Companies can request pre-arranged, private, closed door meetings with specific OEM personnel, ETI companies, automotive service providers, manufacturers, distributors, and others. Time slots are scheduled in 25 minute increments with 5 minutes in between meetings. This is your opportunity to meet with key people in the industry, introduce your company, and discuss your products and services.

Discussion Groups
The Discussion Groups are an opportunity for ETI Members to engage in productive discussions and exchange useful information on various topics.  The purpose of the Discussion Groups is to provide a venue for communication and collaboration among ETI Members focused on giving and receiving targeted feedback, engaging in in-depth discussions, meeting colleagues with similar interests, and gaining a better understanding of pertinent subjects that will benefit their business.   The anticipated outcomes include: gain insightful information, incorporate the information into goals or objectives, glean “best practice” ideas from peers.

Press Conferences
ETI Member Companies will have a pre-scheduled time to hold a press conference with editorial media sources to introduce their new products or services and describe what they do, explain their features and benefits, and what sets them apart from what is currently available today.

Company Spotlight Happy Hour
The Company Spotlight Happy Hour at ToolTech gives exhibitors the opportunity to display their products and services to attendees, speakers, and industry guests.

Additional Networking Opportunities

  • Opening Reception
  • Company Spotlight Happy Hour
  • Closing Dinner
  • Lunches

For more information, schedule of events, or to register for ToolTech 2016, click here.