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Advanced High Strength Steels …where are they and what can you do with them?

Presented by Tom McGee
Collision Industry Veteran & ALLDATA Collision Industry Relations Manager

ALLDATA will be presenting a free live webinar March 21 on high-strength and advanced high-strength steels in the collision repair process.

A collision industry veteran of over 30 years, Tom often speaks at industry events, providing his expertise in repair procedures, KPIs, lean operations, shop management and much, much more.

As vehicle manufacturers continue to attempt to increase fuel economy while maintaining or improving occupant safety, we continue to see changes in construction materials. The identification of new high-strength and advanced high-strength steels and developing an understanding of what we can and cannot do with them during the collision repair process is critical. This webinar will provide vehicle-specific examples of where these steels are used and describe what can be done with them during the collision repair process.

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m.

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If you have any issues with registration, please contact Tom directly by email.

I-CAR Launches New Course on High-Strength Steel Repairs

I-CAR has launched a new course on best practices for repairing high-strength steel (HSS) and ultra high-strength steel (UHSS). Best Practices for High-Strength Steel Repairs (SPS09) will provide collision industry professionals with information on proper repair procedures designed to help ensure five-star crash ratings are not compromised during the repair process.

The newly introduced course includes information on collision repair topics and procedures such as identification, properties, drilling, cutting, straightening, and pulling of the new high-strength steels. Other topics in the course include squeeze-type resistance spot welding (STRSW), GMA (MIG) welding, MIG brazing, and riveting.

“As an increased number of manufacturers build vehicles with significant amounts of HSS and UHSS, the need to understand repair methodologies becomes even more critical to safe and complete repairs. This course will impact new technicians and veterans alike. With HSS and UHSS evolving so quickly and becoming a mainstay in vehicle composition, this course will provide insights that are relevant to all collision repair technicians,” stated Jason Bartanen, I-CAR Technical Director.

Best Practices for High-Strength Steel Repairs (SPS09) fulfills New Technology training requirements for the Steel Structural Technician, Aluminum Structural Technician, Non-Structural Technician, Estimator, and Auto Physical Damage Appraiser roles within the
I-CAR Professional Development Program. Individuals in the Steel Structural Technician role who have already fulfilled their New Technology training requirements in I-CAR ProLevel 1 may take apply the course credit toward their I-CAR ProLevel 3 training requirements.

For more information, visit the I-CAR website.