Volume 01 - June 1, 2010  

 Note from ETI's President Note from the Executive Manager
Mike CableDuring the past few years, everyone has been impacted by the automobile industry's economic struggles. ETI has been affected as well, but even through tough times ETI remains an active and successful organization that continues to focus on our members' information needs while continuing to work diligently to recruit members and develop new products and services.  Our recent ToolTech event held in Napa, California exemplifies ETI's commitment to deliver meaningful content to the entire automotive repair industry.  I, along with the ETI Board of Directors and staff pledge to continue to ensure that ETI remains the principal automotive tool and equipment organization.
In this newsletter you will find important updates about our events and our organization.  You will also find information that will contribute to your organization's success.  As I begin my tenure as President of ETI, I look forward to working with all of you.  There is a lot of work to do and plenty of opportunity for you to contribute.  Hopefully you will find something in this newsletter that gets you to thinking about issues and solutions.  Please contact me if you would like to discuss your ideas.

Mike Cable

Charlie GormanAfter many years of providing paper based newsletters under the name of "ETI News & Views" we now launch our very first electronic only version of ETI's newsletter.  With the new medium comes a new name, "ETI Industry Update".

It is our hope that everone will accept the new format.  It allows us to publish more often, to more individuals and at a fraction of the cost.  We also hope that that this medium will allow us to increase content and value to our readership.

We will continue to offer the same features we have in the past including information about our events and activities; Member Spotlight (although we plan to spotlight member companies instead of individuals); Welcome New Members Section; and Industry Calendar.

If you have some ideas for articles we will be very interested in hearing from you.  Since we are no longer restricted to a specific amount of print space, we will be covering some issues in more depth and perspective than we have in the past.  The new medium will also allow us to provide links and references to related articles and web pages.

Charlie Gorman

ETI's ToolTech 2010 Continues Its Popularity

ToolTech ReceptionETI’s Annual ToolTech conference continues to be a prominent industry event drawing more than 125 professionals to this year’s ToolTech 2010 in Napa Valley, California. 

ToolTech 2010 was highlighted by more than a dozen industry speakers on topics including:  “Trends in OE Diagnostic Strategies”,  “Brake/Tire Panel on Service Requirements, Updating traditional Under Car Service Products, and TPMS Updates”, “The Movement Toward Comprehensive Repair Services;  The Insurance Industry Goals, The Shop Owner’s Dilemma, The OEM’s Role and Obligations”, “The Future of Remote OBD”, “Heavy Duty Aftermarket Access To Information Panel” and “Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) Panel Q&A”. <More>

ETI Honors Long Time Member Greg Potter With the Prestigious Founders' Award

Greg Potter

Greg Potter, Dearborn Group Technology, has been awarded ETI’s 16th Founder’s Award at this year’s ToolTech 2010 in Napa Valley, California.  The ETI Founder’s Award was established to honor those individuals who have made numerous contributions to the Institute. <More>

 TPMS & Telematics Market Survey

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As a follow up to ETI's first Market Research Study on Vehicle Flash Reprogramming, the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) continues to assist its members in bringing new and improved equipment and tools to the marketplace.

ETI's second Market Research Study covers Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) and specific questions on the growing trend of the OEM’s to equip vehicles with Telematics. The survey was designed to collect data in order to provide our industry with information that is valuable for the repair of vehicles on the road today.  <More>

 Inspection & Maintenance (I/M) Update

Flow Chart IconSmog CheckInspection and Maintenance (I/M) programs are still very important to ETI members. Of course now everything has changed from gas analyzers and dynomometers to Scan tool based programs. ETI keeps track of each state's I/M activities on a special website. Also ETI maintains a special I/M flow chart designed to help states make sure that their software will work with most generic scan tool hardware and software. The chart has been updated to include new CARB requirements and HD truck engine testing. <More>
 Equipment and Tool Institute Announces 2010-2011 Officers and New Directors
Rochester, MI. – ETI congratulates the new 2010-2011 Officers and Board Members on their election to office beginning May 1, 2010:

Officers (one year term)

President – Mike Cable (Hickok)
Vice President, Programs – Alan Tecmire (ETAS)
Vice President, Marketing – Dan Brass (Bright Solutions)
Secretary/Treasurer – Ben Johnson (Alldata)
Immediate Past President – Dave Schaar (SPX Service Solutions)


Elected to fill open and expired board seats to a one year term:

Jeff Murphy (RTI Technologies)
Jim Graninger (Robert Bosch)

Elected to fill open and expired board seats to a three year term:

Greg Potter (Dearborn Group Technology) Re-Elected
Neil Davis (Snap-on Diagnostics) Re-Elected
Nick Zala (Helm Incorporated)

Rounding out the Board of Directors completing terms previous elected to are:

Peter David (ProgRama)
Garret Miller (SPX Service Solutions)
David Rich (Innova Electronics Corp.)
Tim Morgan (Celette North America)

 Summer Tech Week 2010

Summer Tech Week

Full Members of ETI:

STW-2010If you haven't registered for Summer Tech Week yet, please do so now.  Time is running out and the hotel is filling up. press GO to learn more.

When: June 8-10, 2010
Where:  Troy, MI

You can now purchase a copy of ETI's Market research survey report on Flash Reprogramming.  Click Here for more information.