On Oct. 16, WIN Collision Center in Carson, CA, hosted two Verifacts training clinics. More than 80 people attended with approximately 67 of those attendees being insurance adjuster and appraisers. The clinics covered training on hybrid vehicle repairs and MIG brazing. According to Anthony Guinn, WIN Collision Center General Manager, the hybrid clinic was very educational and gave a very good view of the technical areas that are new to the industry.
The hybrid clinic gave an overview on the principles of hybrid vehicles, the safety precautions that are required, as well as the basics of isolating (shutting off the power) a high voltage battery pack. The clinic included information on reducing costs, improving CSI and cycle times.
A certified GM technician was on hand at the clinic with a brand new Chevy Volt. The battery was removed to give insight on vehicle repairs and to answer questions.
The second clinic presented the principles of MIG Brazing, including the what and why of MIG Brazing, equipment needs, basic techniques, which vehicles makers are using this process, benefits and an overview of some OEMs requirements.
"Many people have either never heard of or had very little insight on the complications of the process, as well as the type of equipment needed to properly do the job," Guinn said. "We have started to see residual success from the clinic in a very short amount of time and also made a lot of friends. It was a good way to show the quality of our business while educating our partners and potential partners in the industry."