VIDEO: Experts highlight the differences between scanning and calibration

Panelists on the scanning and calibration video, from left: Bruce Halcro of Capital Collision Center, Jason Bartanen of I-CAR, Toby Chess of Kent Automotive and Barry Dorn of Dorn’s Body & Paint.
By CRM Staff
Diamond Bar, California — May 1, 2017 — Scanning and calibration are very different processes. A new video from the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) looks into the differences, as well as examining the process of scanning and diagnosing vehicle diagnostic trouble codes, as well as the associated calibration steps. The discussion was filmed at the SEMA Garage in Diamond Bar, California. 
The video features Jason Bartanen of I-CAR, Toby Chess of Kent Automotive, Bruce Halcro of Capital Collision Center and Barry Dorn of Dorn’s Body & Paint. The panelists discuss the processes of scanning and calibrating necessary systems, the equipment used to do so, business considerations and the potential impacts on current collision repair processes. 
Bartanen leads off the panel by defining each term. “There’s been I think, a lot of confusion out in the industry about some of the terminology that we’re quite frequently hearing about pre-scanning, post-scanning, and one term that isn’t brought up nearly as much as I think it needs to be, and that’s this post-repair calibration,” he says. “I think a lot of times all three of those terms are being lumped into one bucket, when that certainly isn’t the case. Certainly, the pre-scanning is part of that blueprinting, damage analysis process to identify what might be wrong with the car, both related and unrelated to the collision. Post-scanning, certainly, to clear codes and to make sure before we hand the keys back to the customer that the codes we able to identify have been cleared, and that might entail a test drive as well. And post-repair calibration, again, is I think the area that we need to spend more time talking about, because all of these advanced driver assist systems, like collision mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, all of those have specific procedures related to post-repair calibration that’s not just as simple as the post-scanning part.”
Bartanen also points out that these terms are often being used interchangeably, and therefore incorrectly. They are very different procedures with very different purposes. 
Check out the video in the player below for more.  


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