Autoclimate have developed RAPS (the Repairer Approved Product Scheme) to provide a new level of accreditation for aftermarket/alternative parts, tools, equipment and consumables.
RAPS will give a selection of repairers (the RAPS Repairer Panel) the opportunity to test fit selected parts before they are released by Autoclimate for general sale.
The names of the RAPS Repairer Panel will be published to ensure complete transparency in the test procedure. The aim is for parts to be tested under true working conditions, by repairers that are known and respected within the industry.
It is our belief that the RAPS programme will set a new standard for aftermarket / alternative parts - a standard that can be trusted by repairers, because it is set by repairers.
All parts put through the RAPS programme will be sourced using Autoclimate's stringent quality control criteria and will already have been approved by an independent conformity certification scheme (eg Thatcham, TUV, Centro Zaragoza etc)
The quality of aftermarket / alternative parts has never been as important as it is today. The PAS125 kite mark has introduced a need for more exacting audit trails as well as the need to be aware of the ever changing legislation that surrounds compliance. Repairers are now expected to keep up to date on all of these changes and only order from suppliers that guarantee compliance.
In addition, the new working procedures involved in the PAS125 kite mark mean cycle and production times are under constant pressure. It is essential that parts are identified and delivered right first time and are of the highest quality.
Tools, Equipment and Consumables
Autoclimate also aim to apply the RAPS principle to other products available to the repairer by providing samples into the RAPS Repairer Panel and allowing them to report on their quality, ease of use and effectiveness. It is our intention to develop an Independent Accreditation Standard that Repairers can trust.
The RAPS programme has been developed to give repairers a new level of confidence when buying aftermarket / alternative parts, tools, equipment and consumables while also ensuring compliance with all industry standards and work provider rules.
We aim to do all this while retaining and protecting bottom line margins and inevitably, the repairer's retained profit per job.
To apply to become a RAPS panel member please contact us.