As automotive industry focuses its design on light weight hybrid material including carbon fibre, it challenges the joining technologies with these advancements.
To fulfil this gap and meet industry challenges, GESIPA® strengthens its capabilities as an expert in riveting technologies with its latest innovation; the Flow Drilling Rivet Technology – FDR® and SOFT GRIP® , blind rivet nut for sensitive and lightweight applications.
FDR® is a self -piercing riveting technology by GESIPA® that combines the mechanical joining technology of flow drilling a hole and riveting an application in a single step.
Whilst preserving the classic benefits of blind riveting technology such as one-sided processing and high-quality, durable connections, FDR® also removes possibility of incorrect alignment and bore hole tolerances in the application thereby giving a secure joint. The specially designed rivet head, rotation and joining force enables the new blind rivet to pierce light metals as well as plastics. Proven GESIPA® technologies such as the jaws system or process monitoring have been integrated into the development of the automated processing tool. This brings together both functionality and reliability saving cost and time in the application process.
This technology provides many solutions for the joining of these different materials for example, a material mix of high-strength steel, light metal as well as carbon fiber materials. The new SoftGrip® blind rivet nut is a further development of the tried-and-tested PolyGrip® multi-range blind rivet nut. It combines the advantages of covering large clamping areas and reduced stress on the components by means of controlled deformation during processing.
The GESIPA® SoftGrip® blind rivet nut enables threads to be produced in sensitive and very soft materials such as plastic components, lightweight panels, etc., without producing too much bearing stress and contact pressure in the components. Component damage such as crushing, cracking, stress-whitening in plastics, etc. is therefore effectively avoided.
Furthermore with its latest multi-window process control technology, WinTech, GESIPA® is now able to guarantee that the right rivet nuts and nut studs are placed in the right place and in the right quantity in safety critical applications.