Understanding how first responder extrication and rescue practices are changing to account for today’s modern steels can assist repair technicians with assessing damage and planning and executing repairs to modern vehicles which have been the subject of extrication modifications.
In order to make repairs, technicians must be able to recognize vehicle materials in order to create a plan of repair, understand the tools and techniques needed for the repair, and provide the consumer an accurate cost and time estimate.
Although there are many similarities between heavy-duty truck and passenger autobody composite repair and bonding procedures, it’s important to understand that the scale of the repair is markedly different to ensure it’s done properly.
AHSS is the fastest growing material in automotive applications according to a 2015 report by Ducker Worldwide. Over the past five years, the amount of AHSS used each year in automotive applications has been 10 percent higher than forecasted.
Before starting a new collision repair job, it’s critical for technicians to understand where to obtain proper repair information and product instructions and how the use – or misuse – of these products can affect the repair’s final outcome and integrity of the vehicle.
To be more effective at repairing Ford F-150s and Ford F-250s, Mike's Auto Body recently added its second aluminum facility in San Ramon, Calif. in a 13,000 sq. ft. building that is located nearby the shop.
Jason Balzer, Body Structures Supervisor, Technical Specialist with Ford Motor Company discusses automotive lightweighting materials leading up to the Global Automotive Lightweighting Materials Detroit Summit 2018, coming Aug. 21-23.
Jeff McGarry, Engineering Group Manager, ME Body in White Dispense Technologies with General Motors discusses the future of adhesives and bonding leading up to the Global Automotive Lightweighting Materials Detroit Summit 2018, coming Aug. 21-23.
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