At registration on Saturday, participants received gift bags and headphones for simultaneous interpretation of lectures from English to Slovenian. The program started with a welcome speech by the longtime moderator of the event, Ms. Saša Petejan, and continued with the opening speeches by Mr Tomaž Stražišar, member of the board of the GMT Group, and Mr Andrej Pečjak, CEO of the Metron Institute and a trailblazer in the field of electric vehicles in Slovenia.
On Saturday morning and early afternoon, the lecturers presented new and special features of automatic transmission systems and their servicing, as well as how to choose the appropriate lubricants for them, of mild hybrid vehicle systems, of EV heating and ventilation systems, of battery safety, as well as innovations in the EV market. In addition, they also shared tips on managing auto repair shops and insurance repair claims. In the afternoon, participants were able to attend practical demonstrations of the topics presented in the morning. In a relaxed atmosphere, they were able to gain detailed insight into new technologies and received many useful tips for facilitating day-to-day work in their workshops.
After a busy day, participants recharged their batteries for the activities ahead with a little bit of fun and music with the Weekend Band. After dinner, we tucked into the official giant cake of the 14th Technology Conference and during music breaks, held two prize games and a draw of attractive prizes contributed by the Gold Sponsors of the event (ZF Aftermarket, Bosch, Wolf) and sponsors of the partner program (Motaquip, Metzger, Valeo and Brembo). Prizes were also contributed by Tourism Desetnica, who organized the day trips, and Grand Hotel Bernardin.
On Sunday morning, participants, well-rested and eager to learn, retook their seats in the Emerald Congress Hall and listened to the lecturers who provided them with new information about chassis air suspension, the correct adjustment of the under carriage, why smart assistant systems need to be regularly updated and constantly developed, and even about basic but extremely important vehicle components, such as brake fluid. In the last set of lectures, they also learned that despite the ever-faster and noticeable electrification of vehicles, the development of conventional propulsion engines has not slowed down. Instead, developers are always on the lookout for new technologies to make these engines more efficient and environmentally friendly. The last lecture was devoted to the increasingly challenging task of diagnosing vehicle control computers and updating their software according to the PassThru protocol. Just like on Saturday, listeners, full of energy after a delicious lunch, received additional information, advice and tips directly from the lecturers on practical demonstrations that took place in the early afternoon. The 14th Technology Conference ended on Sunday at 4pm in a pleasant environment. The participants, their partners, lecturers, company representatives and organizers agreed to meet again in a year’s time at the
15th Technology Conference in Grand Hotel Bernardin, Portorož, Slovenia
on January 30-31, 2021.
The organizers of the 14th Technology Conference made sure that partners of the participants and lecturers were well taken care of. The chef of the Pečina restaurant at Grand Hotel Bernardin taught them how to make “fusi”, a traditional Istrian dish, which they later sampled in the relaxed atmosphere of the dining hall.
Tour of Piran and a trip to Krkavče