Tool and equipment suppliers showcase at ATE in March
SeaTac, Wash.-The March 18-20 Automotive Training Expo (ATE), hailed as the West Coast’s largest such event, will provide some 60 management and technical training courses over three days, plus I-CAR classes for the collision segment of the trade.
Held at the Doubletree Hotel near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the event also features a major trade show on Friday and Saturday evenings with more than 65 vendors exhibiting a variety of automotive products and services of interest to shop owners, managers, and technicians. All registered ATE attendees have access to the trade show, which offers complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. For industry professionals not registered for ATE, $15 show passes may be purchased in advance or at the door.
ATE is sponsored by the Automotive Service Association Northwest (ASA-NW) and the Northwest Tire Dealers Association. ASA-NW is the event producer and Parts & People/Northwest Edition is the official media sponsor. For complete details on ATE class offerings, registration, hotel information, and a list of exhibitors, visit www.atetrainingexpo.com.
Following are some of the exhibitors that will be on hand at ATE 2016:
Cuda Washington will feature its Cuda Parts Washers, which spokeswoman Jennifer Kahler described as “safe, no-solvent, environmentally friendly solutions to cleaning parts automatically.” The washers use pressurized hot water and specialized industrial detergents to clean parts, allowing for increased productivity while saving money and protecting workers from harsh solvents and manual scrubbing.
“With our washers, technicians simply load the parts, close the lid, and push the start button,” Kahler said. “A Cuda machine typically supports three to four technicians who would otherwise spend hours washing parts by hand.
Hunter Engineering will feature the Hunter Revolution tire changer at ATE, said the company’s Jeff Elder. “The Revolution uses the same full automatic process for all tire and wheel combinations, saving time on today’s diverse assemblies,” he said.
The Revolution’s console is integrated into the unit for improved ergonomics, enhanced ease of use, and a decreased footprint, Hunter said. Features include a leverless tool head, a “go” pedal to control progress, and on-board training videos.
“Standard on the Revolution is a camera kit to record every tire-changing interaction and verify correct operation and training,” Elder said, adding that the system’s software has an advanced control function for more freedom when servicing high-end assemblies.
NAPA Auto Parts will have the new TechPRO from Mahle Service Solutions at its ATE display booth, said Jeff Raynor, regional sales manager for the NAPA T&E Group, and Dawnette Moore, the NAPA Seattle wholesale manager.
The pair said the TechPRO diagnostic scan tool, with a bright LED light, has been designed to be easy to use with a fast launch by simply downloading the software. “It can decode a VIN in seconds with one click, and fast diagnosis is measured in seconds,” they said.
The TechPro provides real-time data streaming, with history being collected on everything from vehicle codes to errors to users. The tool features instant pass-through to repair data on Identifix, Mitchell 1, iATN, and other repair management systems.
Pro-Cut International will showcase its new PFM X9 brake lathe during the trade show at ATE, said Mario Paschek, national sales manager-west, adding that the official launch of the high-performance platform was at the recent NADA trade show.
“The PFM X9 combines our best existing technologies such as the patented PFM one-button computerized compensation system and four-wheel-six axis fully adjustable trolley,” he said. “It marries these to a sporty new X-frame lathe chassis, gib-less low-maintenance gearbox, powerful high-torque drivetrain, and super-bright LED light that provides a clear path to higher profits.”
The 16-200 uTest kit will be exhibited at the AESwave display booth at ATE 2016, said Mario Vejar of AES technical support. “The AES uTest is an advanced Terminal Test & Adapter Kit unlike any other,” he said. “The kit contains 110 pieces, including 88 of the most popular terminal leads and 11 sets of four male and four female terminals. Each is seven inches long and terminates to a standard 4mm safety banana socket.”
Vejar said all terminal leads use a minimum profile design to fit into tight spaces such as high-density connectors. They can be used to perform terminal drag tests, direct meter/scope to terminal testing, and connector jumping.
Autonerdz will have its exclusive PicoQuad4425 Magnum kit as the featured product at its ATE booth, company founder Tom Roberts said. “Autonerdz introduced PicoScope PC-based lab scopes to the North American market 15 years ago and we offer the best value in PicoScope anywhere,” he said. “Plus our Picogroup training and support resources provide everything technicians need to reach their desired level of expertise.”