The need for lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles and a heightened awareness of the environment are just some of the key factors that have the majority of vehicle makers using high-strength steel (HSS) and ultra high-strength steel (UHSS). With that said, I-CAR says it has recognized the need for a training program that highlights some of the best practices for repairing collision-damaged vehicles that have been built primarily with HSS and UHSS.
I-CAR will introduce its newest course, Best Practices for High-Strength Steel Repairs (SPS09) on Feb. 27. This course was developed through industry discussion at the I-CAR Repairability Summit held in May 2011. At the Summit, experts from several collision industry segments analyzed best practices for repair procedures including anchoring, straightening and replacement methods. Other topics discussed included squeeze-type resistance spot welding (STRSW), GMA (MIG) welding, MIG brazing and riveting.
Jason Bartanen, I-CAR technical director said, "Improperly repairing vehicles made from HSS and UHSS can cause additional damage to a collision damaged vehicle. The outcome of returning a vehicle to a customer in this condition is unacceptable. This training class will provide students with an overview of procedures and techniques that will promote proper collision repair and methods that will help them ensure vehicle safety through the entire vehicle lifecycle."
Best Practices for High-Strength Steel Repairs (SPS09) will discuss topics including vehicle construction, how to identify characteristics of certain steels, where they are commonly located, to what extent they can be repaired and more.