Calibration

Chairperson:  Darrell Amberson
 
Background
 
The purpose of this committee is to define business information passing between parties as it relates to the collision repair and related industries.  We are asking for responses and feedback from the industry at-large relative to the work the committee has done so far, and to emphasize the importance of continued work in this area.
 
The first objective will be to develop a single focus of the committee’s scope, objectives and goals.  It is evident that a framework has already begun that can drive future progress, and success will be dependent upon an expanded active participation.
 
The term Calibration includes all industry terms such as recalibration. This effort includes programming electronic components such as modules, systems and parts.
 
The emergence of calibration being part of the repair process has grown in importance and significance. This involves the transmission of information as it is related to the calibration of vehicles, and specifically ADAS (Advance Drivers Assistance Systems) and other technology systems and calibration requirements. This involves procedures and includes appropriate documentation and transmission of data.
 
Mission
 
CIECA’s Calibration Committee’s goal is to develop and maintain messaging standards and codes aimed at calibration and the documentation of the procedures. When implemented, the benefit will be to verify and document that calibration have been completed and completed accurately to ensure safety for vehicle function and safety of the driver and passengers. This includes that the proper calibration process has been used and followed and vehicle has been restored to manufacturer’s repair specifications.
 
All business needs will be identified to enable the Calibration process data and documentation to move electronically and readily between parties.  Having standards allows the processing to occur more thoroughly than what is experienced in today’s environment. 
 
Consumers demand an assurance of vehicle safety and function, and setting standards is the first step toward this goal.
 
Scope & Objectives
 
The Calibration Committee will focus on the potential and process of:
  •  Determine the benefits to all industry segments
  •  Provide industry definitions (including questions and answers) and process flows
  •  Develop a standard format for data communications 
  •  Establishing relationships to existing data elements
  •  Developing a business work flow and providing industry definitions for all entities involved in this process
  • Developing new message types, code lists and/or fields (as needed) to facilitate vehicle Calibration
  • Integrating messages to include all aspects of the vehicle repair process to ensure the process has been completed according to manufacturer’s repair specifications.
  • Establishing Calibration Implementation Guide(s)
  • Be consistent with and integrate into the vehicle repair process with calibration information.
  • The Canadian committee that parallels the US activities. The efforts require coordination with Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC.org) Advanced Driver Assistance Committee.
 
Operating Guidelines
 
  • To incorporate all potential business entities in the business processes
  • To work with the group to respond to group goals and timelines
  • To provide an open working relationship with the Committee within the antitrust guidelines
  • To coordinate all standards development with AGSC ADAS and related organizations
 
Industry Segments Affected
 
  • Insurance Companies:  Property and Casualty insurers in one or multiple lines of business who acts on behalf of their policy holder and impacted parties for the settlement of the loss for the vehicle repair including necessary electronic and physical calibration features
  • Repair Facilities: Any company whose business concern is to repair and calibrate damaged vehicles
  • Information Technology Providers: Any entity that develops and/or maintains software applications or services related to the repair and calibration of ADAS and other vehicle calibration features
  • OEM Vehicle Manufacturers: These are the originators of all necessary proprietary technical information, establishing calibration procedures and documentation. Certification, Warranty and other programs may include required communication
  • Tier One Providers: These are companies with whom the OEM manufacturers contract who provide the calibration procedures. It is recognized the OEM Vehicle Manufacturer’s procedures have priority on calibration procedures over the Tier One Providers.
  • Calibration Companies: Those who offers calibration services for repair facilities, including on-site and off-site companies (this includes the sublet calibration providers)
  • Third Party Administrators: TPA, the companies whose main business is to administer the repair process life cycle for insurance carriers and repair facilities and others, including appraisers
  • Other Entities: Other parties that are not directly providing loss settlement or vehicle repair or calibration tasks
 
For more information, email projects@cieca.com.