Two of the auto glass industry’s leading organizations, the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) and the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA), held committee and board meetings Monday and Tuesday in Reno, Nev., where the industry is preparing to gather later this week.
AGSC’s education committee held a marathon 8-hour meeting on Monday dedicated to updating the industry’s replacement certification program by going tenaciously through a data bank of exam questions and answers.
AGSC’s marketing committee also met to review a number of projects in the works including member brochures, scripting and videos.
NWRA held a series of meetings including an exploratory one to determine the interest in developing a standard to identify windshield quality. Though there was quite a bit of discussion about scope and purpose, the group agreed to flesh them out further before deciding to form the committee,
Another NWRA committee, the ANSI Break Identification Standard Committee, also met. It has been working on an ANSI standard, which will be known as ANSI BSR/NWRA BIS 001-2015, for quite some time. The goal of the new standard will be to develop a system to classify the type and location of breakages in windshields and automotive glass.
“We are developing a simple grid system to identify where breaks are. It will incorporate sunroofs and sidelites and even backlites, in the event there is a laminated back glass,” says Jeff Reddell, NWRA president.
The committee also discussed how to deal with multiple breaks on a windshield, as well as how to classify certain types of damage.
The main topic of conversation for the ROLAGS™ Standard Committee was resin testing protocols.
“For small manufacturers, there is a real cost to testing,” noted Troy Mason of TechnaGlass.
Offering a European perspective, new member Patrick Collignon, director of WIZZIQ, added, “Everybody can go and say to insurance companies these are the tests … these are legal … the criteria is legal. It is done by third parties and that is recognized in by the industry. There is full credibility. No insurers can give more value to one company’s resin other another.”
Committee chair Keith Beveridge of Novus said there will be further exploration of testing and other changes to the Standard in the future.
Both the AGSC and NWRA boards also held meetings.
The events continue today with the annual AGSC member meeting following by the AGRSS Standards Committee meeting tomorrow morning prior to the opening of the Auto Glass Week™.
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