Industry specialist Rob Neale has been appointed operations and workshop manager by Repairify to head up its workshop operation at its site in Luton. The goal is to create a technical centre of excellence to provide expert training and support for customers conducting vehicle diagnostic and calibration services.
Nexion Group brand Corghi will present its latest automotive repair and maintenance innovations at Automechanika Frankfurt (September 13 to 17, Stand G96, Hall 8.0). The show will mark the brand’s return to the exhibition circuit after a break of more than two years, prompted by the pandemic. The Corghi team said it is thrilled to be able to meet customers and partners again at the trade fair that brings together the entire automotive aftermarket value chain.
Repairify will present its products for the European collision repair sector at Automechanika Frankfurt between 13-17 September 2022 (stand F23, Hall 8.0). The company will introduce several new intelligent automotive technology solutions during the show. The global company has acquired several brands within the sector as it has grown over the past years, including European diagnostics specialist asTech. Repairify will bring its latest diagnostics and ADAS calibration products to Automechanika Frankfurt.
New vehicles sold in the EU are now required to have various items of new equipment installed; among the most important is a black box, similar to that installed in aircraft. With the progress of homologations relating to constantly developing driving aids this new measure has been enacted in EU law. Thus, from 6 July 2022, all new vehicles are to be equipped with a black box that which will record various types of data during phases of driving; acceleration, speed, braking, seat belt use and the use of headlights and turn signals will be archived in the system for one minute. The black box joins a number of other connected systems that new cars are required to fit to maintain safety standards, among them tyre pressure monitoring systems.
Repairify is unifying its brands under the single name Repairify, with its new website www.repairify.co.uk designed to simplify its market proposition.
As a result, RED EU and RED Autocentres will be consolidated under the brand name Repairify, while the asTech remote solution will continue to be leveraged as a diagnostic brand name, driven by Repairify.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) have become vital for a car’s safety and form a critical part of EuroNCAP’s star safety rating system. But to ensure ADAS items continue to work correctly they need to be recalibrated after remedial work. With that in mind, tyre service and maintenance provider ATS Euromaster is advising fleets to consider recalibration work in any SMR undertaken on a vehicle that might affect the proper functioning of the affected safety system.
Repairify, asTech’s parent company, capped a year of unprecedented growth and expansion having completed more than 12.4 million automotive diagnostic scans across its family of automotive technology brands, delivering more than 4.9 million diagnostic reports across the collision, mechanical, dealership, auction, and reconditioning repair markets.
We visited Hella UK’s headquarters to hear about the official launch of the latest “trilogy” of Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS) mega macs diagnostics and ADAS products. But since the news that Hella and Faurecia are joining forces was announced on 1 February, and since, as a result we now know the firms will use the umbrella brand Forvia moving forward, let’s begin with the latest details on the integration.
Mitchell, an information provider for the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and collision repair industries, and asTech have launched the MD-OE22. The new diagnostic solution combines asTech’s patented OEM scanning device and remote services with Mitchell’s cloud-based ecosystem and collision repair software. Using the MD-OE22, technicians can perform proprietary OEM scanning and programming with asTech-powered diagnostic tools while accessing scan reports, invoices and repair management technologies from within the Mitchell platform.
Diagnostic tool and vehicle technical support brand, Maverick Diagnostics, joined IAAF recently. Established I n1999 as Maverick Technology Ltd, Maverick Diagnostics is an established provider of original dealer diagnostics tools and technical support to the aftermarket in the UK and Europe.
Pro-Align vehicle diagnostic expert and Hella Gutmann will bring a hands-on workshop experience to Lanarkshire in Scotland in November 2021. The event, giving business owners and vehicle technicians from across Scotland an opportunity to trial on some of the world’s leading industry systems, will be hosted by New College Lanarkshire on 17 November. Pro-Align is the sole UK distributor of leading US wheel servicing equipment brand Hunter. Hella Gutmann is a pioneer of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) calibration for the independent aftermarket. Recognising the increasing synergies between their areas of expertise, the two companies became brand partners earlier in 2021.
Recognising the proliferation of ADAS within the car parc and the servicing demand it brings, Corghi has expanded its product range, with the release of the Proadas. The new product enables the calibration of safety-critical front sensors such as camera, radar and lidar, and targets businesses ready to enter ADAS servicing with an “easy to use” solution. The Corghi Proadas is available in the UK via distributor Rema Tip Top and is compatible with most equipment produced by the brand’s parent company, the Nexion group.
The rise of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems within the European car parc is a fast-growing trend. Not only are many cars already fitted with ADAS, the standardisation of various forms of ADAS on new vehicles, coupled with their adoption within the fast-growing electrified car parc, ensure that the demand for ADAS-enabled vehicle servicing will continue to rise. Therefore the ability to service increasingly connected vehicles remains the most prominent consideration for servicing equipment suppliers. Everard, the UK distributor of Beissbarth equipment, notes that ADAS recalibration represents a necessary step in many routine maintenance jobs, calling it a natural extension to wheel alignment services. Altering wheel alignment often changes the alignment of sensors and cameras; for ADAS to work as vehicle manufacturers intend, it is vital that these components are carefully and accurately recalibrated.
New multinational “portfolio company” Repairify is making its industry bow at the US Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. The company, part of Kinderhook Industries, LLC, includes asTech, the Texas automotive technology firm specialising in remote diagnostics that acquired Dunstable-based RED (EU) Ltd in March 2021, as well as other businesses engaged in automotive servicing, such as adasThink, BlueDriver, FleetGenix, and Mobile Tech RX. Repairify represents Kinderhook’s new strategic initiative to align this family of brands, with the aim to “emerge as a global leader in Automotive Technology and Intelligence to help the automotive collision, mechanical, and dealership sectors master the modern vehicle.”
Delphi Technologies has launched the BlueTech VCI diagnostics interface that offers “an extensive suite of diagnostic interrogations, real world data, and more”. According to Delphi Technologies, the firm’s previous Vehicle Communication Interface (VCI) will still be fully supported within the diagnostic range to “offer workshops choice and flexibility in finding a diagnostic solution which meets their needs”.