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SCRS releases Part 1 of resistance welding educational video trilogy for auto body shops

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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists announced Thursday it had posted a free, 16-minute video about resistance welding in auto body repair.

The film, available on SCRS’ YouTube channel, will be the first part of a trilogy on the subject, similar to its MIG/MAG educational video series released over the summer.

“This discussion topic in the 16 minute video focuses on power and preparation considerations in the welding process,” SCRS wrote in a news release Thursday.

The timing is fortuitious. General Motors this summer warned that from the 2018 model year forward, the company will outright require repairers to use only squeeze-type resistance spot welding in situations where MIG plug welding had previously been acceptable. Shops who want to work on future vehicles from the nation’s No. 1 auto manufacturer will have to buy a GM-approved squeeze-type resistance spot welder and know how to properly use it.

“With an increased number of vehicles being manufactured with high-strength and ultra high-strength steel, spot welding is an effective solution for minimizing the heat-affect zone,” I-CAR describes squeeze-type resistance spot welding’s appeal. “The process of spot welding for attaching body panels and components has many other benefits as well, among them are decreased damage to corrosion protection and replication of production weld appearance.”

The new SCRS video features SCRS Chairman Kye Yeung (European Motor Car Works) and board member Dave Gruskos (Reliable Automotive Equipment). It also features SCRS Education Committee Co-Chairman Toby Chess (Kent Automotive) and former Chairman Barry Dorn (Dorn’s Body & Paint).

Gruskos, Chess and Dorn can all be seen during the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ Repairer Driven Education series later this fall at SEMA. Register here for individual classes or the series pass package deal.

Chess will teach “Adhesive Joining in Modern Repairs,” and Gruskos will teach “Get Attached to Following Procedures: A Comprehensive Guide to OEM Joining.” Dorn will appear during the first of three OEM Collision Repair Technology Summits as a panelist on “How Automotive Research is Driving Change.”

SCRS also recommended those interested in the video’s subject matter attend Ken Boylan’s (Chief Automotive) class “Current and Future Technologies 2017 and Beyond.”

In the meantime, those hungry for more welding knowledge can check out the MIG/MAG welding series below.

More information:

“SCRS Releases New Video on Resistance Welding”

Society of Collision Repair Specialists, Sept. 28, 2017

“SCRS Education Committee Presents – Resistance welding Part 1 of 3 – Power and Preparation”

SCRS YouTube channel, Sept. 28, 2017

Featured image: The Society of Collision Repair Specialists on Sept. 28, 2017, released a video on resistance welding in auto body repair featuring current and past board members and Education Committee Co-Chairman Toby Chess, second from left. (Screenshot from SCRS video on YouTube)

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