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Panelists To Take On J-2534 At March 20 NASTF Meeting

An OEM, a technician and an independent tool manufacturer will discuss J-2534 pass-thru devices during the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) spring 2014 general meeting on Thursday, March 20. All sessions of the three-hour NASTF general meeting will be streamed live from the association’s website for those in the auto care industry who are not able to attend the event in Seattle. In addition, the event will be recorded and available for viewing on the NASTF YouTube channel after April 1.

Mark Saxonberg, manager of alternative fuel vehicles and environment for Toyota Motor Sales USA, will bring the OEM perspective to the J-2534 discussion. Among the questions Saxonberg will address is: Why is there a difference between OEMs on their own corporate commitment to J-2534?

Joining Saxonberg on the panel is Bob Augustine, technical training manager for Christian Brothers Automotive, an auto repair franchise with 125 shops operating across 16 states. Augustine is involved in vehicle computer reprogramming support for the chain’s technicians and will discuss the problems created because of a lack in standardization in the J-2534 process.

Brian Herron, vice president of Drew Technologies, will represent independent toolmakers in the J-2534 discussion. Drew Technologies specializes in the manufacture and support of these pass-thru devices. Herron will provide insight on J-devices evolving from programming use into diagnostic applications.

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