GESIPA® for ‘body in white’ applications
23 September 2016
Advancements in materials and Industry 4.0 are challenging the joining technology of the automotive industry. Requirements include the control of the setting processes and the fully automation and integration of the technology in OEM operations. The purpose of these new requirements is to ensure high–quality of all joints, as well as fast and economic processes.
With the focus on new materials in ‘body in white’ applications and the lightweighting advantages of using different materials together, GESIPA® blind riveting technology provides many solutions for the joining of these different materials — including a material mix of high strength steel, light metal, as well as carbon fibre materials.
The rivet nut and rivet nut stud technology offers easier, neater and quicker installation process by one way access to the riveting position. They can be fit at any stage of the build i.e. in ‘body in white’ or as a secondary operation after the base material has been coated or treated. With high load bearing capacity they provide guaranteed and secure joint creating high class threads in thin and soft materials. No thermal emissions during the setting process provide a much cleaner application causing no deformation of the base material.
For example, GESIPA recently developed an aluminium blind rivet stud as a repair solution in an aluminium body, because the welding of aluminium in downstream processes is very difficult. The aluminium blind rivet studs offer a fast, easy and safe process for creating a fixing point in a thin material.