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Carlsbad, California -- July 7, 2014 -- Pro Spot has announced the availability of welders, wire, and training compatible with the Ford Collision Repair Program for the 2015 Ford F-150. 

The program requires a dedicated aluminum MIG welding system. The welder must be 220V and equipped with Pulse MIG Technology. Pro Spot notes its SP-5 Smart MIG, SP-2 Smart MIG, and SP-1 Pulse MIG are all on Ford's approved list of equipment.
Ford requires 5554 1.2mm aluminum welding wire for the program. According to Pro Spot, the SP MIG Series welders come equipped with the 5554 1.2 mm aluminum welding wire for the Ford F-150 Collision Repair Program, as well as Silicon Bronze for MIG Brazing on UHSS & HSS, and Steel (on the SP-5). The SP MIG Series has also been approved by GM for the Corvette cast extrusion. 
Pro Spot provides a number of different training options. Along with the training that Ford requires for the Collision Repair Program, Pro Spot also offers:
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Approved & CASE certified courses on Squeeze Type Resistance Spot Welding & MIG Welding Training.
Pro Spot will teach three courses on Aluminum Repair and Plastic Bumper Repair:
- Wednesday, July 30th 1:30-3:00- Aluminum Welding & Repair
- Thursday, July 31st 3:30-5:00- Plastic Welding and Bumper Repair Course
- Friday, August 1st 1:30-3:00- Aluminum Welding & Repair
The company also offers local training and support through Pro Spot Representatives, online training through and videos on the Pro Spot YouTube channel
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- June 30, 2014 -- I-CAR will offer multiple Professional Development Program (PDP) training courses during Industry Week in Detroit July 31 through August 2. PDP training opportunities at NACE will provide some of I-CAR’s newest courses, including the 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair Training Course (FOR06).

FOR06 opened to the entire industry on June 1. Collision repair training experts at I-CAR worked alongside Ford Motor Company engineers during the 2015 Ford F-150 design and development process, leveraging I-CAR’s expertise to create a training solution, FOR06, for collision repair professionals who will work on the next generation of Ford’s extremely popular truck. The FOR06 course, in conjunction with I-CAR’s Welding Training & Certifcation: Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding course also meets the 2015 F150 training requirements for the Ford National Body Shop Program.

“I-CAR is thrilled to bring this lineup of training to NACE during Industry Week. This is an excellent opportunity for I-CAR to reach industry professionals with some of I-CAR’s newest and most exciting courses available,” explained Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development.

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OEMs to conduct classes at NACE

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Detroit, Michigan -- June 20, 2104 -- NACE is just a few short weeks away, and many of the OEMs have shown commitment to NACE by providing a wide variety of training over the course of the event. NACE takes place July 30 to August 2 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Mich. 

Registrations through Collision Repair magazine include a discount on your Conference or Expo pass, and be sure to join us for the special Canada Night event, held on the show floor. Please click here to register. 

Collision repair classes by OEM representatives include: 
- Ford's 2015 F-150 Aluminum Repair Information and Ford’s National Body Shop Program. The speakers, all from Ford Motor Co., include Gerry Bonanni, senior engineer for paint and body repair; Larry Coan, damageability product concern engineer; and Melissa Lester, marketing manager, collision
- ACDelco and Rick Burgard, western region supervisor present 2014 New Vehicle Technology, Part 1 & Part 2
- Audi-Authorized Aluminum Program, presented by Mark Allen, Audi’s Collision Programs and Workshop Equipment specialist
The following will also present classes on aluminum repair:
- ProSpot International Inc., will present: Plastic Welding & Bumper Repair by ProSpot, presented by Steve Clark, applications engineer, and Aluminum Welding & Repair by ProSpot by Bob Pluth, product support manager
- Car-O-Liner and Oliver Woelfel present Car-O-Liner Structural Repair – Difference Between Aluminum and Steel. Car-O-Liner also sponsors the Collision Repair Executive Symposium (CRES), formerly “MSO Symposium,” Friday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The 3M Company,  will  present a class on 3M Rivet Bonding and Weld Bonding Becoming Mainstream – Are You Ready? Speakers will be Jason J. Scharton, 3M’s business development manager, OEM/collision repair; and Caroline E. Morel, technical service engineer. 3M will also offer 3M Aluminum Repair: Separating the Facts from the Myths, speakers will be Shawn Collins and Branden Loesch, both 3M senior technical service engineers.
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- June 16, 2014 -- I-CAR will launch an all-new instructor-led course on July 7 for estimators and appraisers. I-CAR’s new Live Demo course, Documentation and Digital Photography (DOC01), will train industry professionals in an interactive shop setting where they will use their own cameras to simulate documentation and digital photography best practices.

“Documentation has become increasingly important in collision repair. Repairers rely on documentation to record damage, insurers to assess damage, and customers to understand the status of their vehicle’s repair. Understanding exactly what needs to be documented and how and when to document can make or break quality documentation records,” explained Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development.

During the course, students will learn about important considerations for taking quality photos, including elements such as proper lighting, angle, flash usage and how to capture damage. Students will gain information on working with an array of different camera types available to them, from the smartphone in their pocket to the camera they use for work everyday. Photo requirements, creation of shot lists and supplement photos are other topics covered in the course.

“This course takes place in-shop and provides the student with the unique opportunity to practice and apply knowledge while using their own camera during a variety of classroom exercises. This is a major benefit to the student,” said McFarlin.

The content learned in this course can be applied in any collision repair setting and can increase cycle time and Customer Service Index (CSI) scores. This instructor-led, Live 3-credit hour course meets training requirements for Estimators and Auto Physical Damage Appraisers in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program (PDP).

To register for any courses, please visit I-CAR at

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