A Closer Look at Calibration Documentation and Technical Changes

“There are various steps involved when you discuss calibration and it’s important to understand and document,” said Darrell Amberson, Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) calibration committee member, as he began describing the business review related to calibration in an industry webinar. The event, 2020R2 CIECAST, was hosted by CIECA and gave a technical update on changes that have been made, a business review on changes to calibration and parts and materials procurement.

Technical Review

A new workflow was established for calibration and scanning that included ADAS features, and according to Dan Webster, CIECA architecture committee chair, the data that was not shared between the collision and repair industries before was now able to be identified. A calibration aggregate was added to describe information for pre-, interim- and repeated for post-repair. According to Webster, a calibration detail aggregate was added to document calibration details properly.

“There was also scan information and scan detail aggregates that were added to describe the scanning information as well as extra details,” said Webster.

Calibration Recap

Amberson quickly outlined several steps associated with calibrations. The first being to properly record the Document Scan Results (DTCs). According to Amberson, there should be a printout or a virtual copy of all of the DTCs and all of the modules tested, which should include the VIN associated with the scanned vehicle. “It’s also important to notify the owner of the known ADAS systems and update them on these features before it is returned to OEM specifications,” said Amberson.

According to his presentation, it is important to note:

  • Calibration or re-learn information may or may not reported via DTCs and
  • Calibration or re-learn information may be found via Scan Tool Data Stream, which is outside of the manufacturer’s specifications.

Documenting should also include the vehicle’s ADAS features (using a checklist) as well as the parts and repair operation included. “You don’t always have to use a checklist, but you should have a form of verification for what is done,” said Amberson.

He also noted that you should also keep documentation of the completed calibration process. Toward the end of his presentation he showed a video that summarized all of the steps that include everything from the first consultation with the customer, scanning the vehicle, completing dynamic and static calibrations to testing the vehicle when the calibration is complete.

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