Here’s another chance to sound off to the industry. The Equipment and Tool Institute, better known as ETI, is a trade group for tool manufacturers and providers. They are a big part of the reason you can buy aftermarket diagnostic and electronic tools that talk to the cars that come into your shop.
As a group, they have the attention of – and stay in touch with – the vehicle manufacturers. This is how and why the newest tricks and updates can be loaded into your scanner well before that new car comes into your shop. We’re plainly in the electronic age now, and as a new refrigerant looms just over the horizon, ETI is interested in learning about your shop’s A/C service practices and equipment.
They’ve just launched a ten minute on-line survey to get a better picture of the equipment and tools in the field and what will be needed in the future. This isn’t their first survey but this one covers numerous topics on air conditioning repairs and equipment. For reference, in the past ETI has collected data on J2534 reprogramming, TPMS, telematics, and even collision repair practices and one way or another the results have affected new products.
The survey even has spaces for you to provide written info and opinions, so it’s a good chance to tell the tool makers what you don’t like or would like to see in a new product.
We encourage your participation; go to http://www.a-i-m.com/etiacpr. They’d like your ideas by the first of April, but you’ll forget by then. Why not do it sooner?—now would be good.