The resistance welding process is one of the most critical steps in joining together the structural elements of a vehicle, and one that can be impacted by both practice and process within your facility. Sophisticated functions of modern vehicles rely on structurally sound base elements of the automobile, and welding the structure with predictability is a core element of establishing a proper baseline. During the 2019 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit hosted by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (, this panel of automakers and companies with decades of experience advancing the automotive and collision repair field discussed welding procedures, training and equipment. The discussion was led by Mark Olson, CEO of VECO Experts, an independent organization who works directly with automakers, performing on-site assessments, repair inspections and technical training lessons to ensure fit, finish, durability, value, and consumer safety.