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Jan.  12, 2021—In an attempt to both standardize and streamline calibration procedures for advanced driver assistance systems, the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association has developed a workflow for collision repair shop technicians to follow, ensuring a complete and proper calibration of the delicate systems. 

Just last month, Darrell Amberson, CIECA Calibration committee chair and president of operations at LaMettry’s Collision in Minn., walked through the workflow process, detailing the ideation behind it. 

Amberson said the committee met each week for more than 18 months to construct the workflow, adding that, “every word and phrase has been analyzed and tested.”

The physical workflow is separated into four columns, the first titled “Repair Facility” notes the repair procedures to be taken by the facility’s technician. The second column, “Information and Documentation” signals when and which information is to be documented. “Calibration Documentation to Parties,” the third column, denotes which information is likely to be shared with other parties. The final column, “Definitions,” serves as a glossary.  

While each step of the workflow is important, Amberson emphasized the importance of documentation throughout the presentation. 

“In today’s world of litigation, we believe it is critical that all steps are documented accordingly,” he said. 

Documentation not only proves that the repair procedures were accessed, but identifies which repair procedure. Amberson said that repair procedures change so often, it could be helpful to keep a copy of the exact repair procedures that were pulled. 

Most recently, the committee released an instructional video detailing each of the steps outlined in the workflow. The video, which comes from AirPro Diagnostics, is another step toward standardizing the calibration process, said Amberson.

See the slideshow above for a breakdown of each of the steps. 

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