CIECA releases new calibration standards for collision industry

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) has announced that they have completed the 2020R2 Release of the CIECA Standards for the collision industry. The release includes new calibration standards developed by CIECA’s Calibration Committee and an enhancement to CIECA’s scanning standards.

“With the rise of ADAS technologies in vehicles today, it is necessary to calibrate the sensors as part of the repair,” said Paulette Reed, CIECA’s technical project manager/business analyst. “The industry identified the need to exchange this information among industry partners in the supply chain, and as a result, new standards were created by the CIECA Calibration Committee.”

“CIECA’s mission is the exchange of electronic data within the collision repair industry,” added Darrell Amberson, chairman of CIECA’s Calibration Committee and president of operations at LaMettry’s Collision. “The Calibration Committee worked diligently to develop and maintain message standards and codes for the industry in regard to the calibration process and properly documenting all of the procedures.” 

Formed in January 2019, CIECA’s Calibration Committee represents all segments of the collision repair industry. This includes repairers, insurers, information providers, OEMs, parts providers, car rental companies, recyclers, financial services, glass companies, vendors of scan and calibration tools, and calibration service providers.

During weekly meetings, the committee identified the business needs of each industry segment and drafted a document with details on the calibration process, including information from the initial pre-scan to the disassembly of the damaged vehicle, blueprinting, discovering Diagnostics Trouble Codes (DTCs), vehicle repair, the post-scan process and calibration functions.

“By having all of the industry segments come together on the committee calls each week, it helped us identify a broad range of possible what if scenarios in terms of the documentation that may be required or expected pertaining to the repair,” said Amberson.

The committee also referenced other industry working groups such as the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) Definitions Committee, which maintains the CIC Wiki, a glossary of terms used in the collision repair industry in the United States.

CIECA’s Architecture Committee publishes updated collision industry standards twice a year.

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