Solving the challenges posed by using mixed-material content in vehicle lightweighting
The world is shifting away from fossil fuels and carbon emissions and towards smart grids and electric vehicles. These changes create a need for automotive manufacturers to look for suppliers with innovative lightweighting solutions that can handle joining mixed-material car body designs.
Now more than ever, vehicle manufacturers are using lightweight materials in their vehicle bodies. Some of these materials include aluminum, high-strength, ultra-high-strength steel, composites, and carbon fiber.
Joining various car body components can be complicated when processes such as welding are not a perfect solution and are not capable of ensuring that safety-critical joints have the integrity to withstand crash tests.
160meters of adhesive
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Proven solutions with advanced adhesive dispensing, self-pierce riveting and flow drill fastening technologies
As a result of using an increased level of aluminum content in vehicles, OEMs have turned to us for solutions to join vehicle body components that hold integrity and can withstand the rigorous safety standards mandated by governments worldwide.
We provide robust, stable, proven solutions with our industrial dispensing, self-pierce riveting, and flow drill fastening technologies. Our technologies are applied both independently and together in several car body joining applications and processes. No matter what the joining challenge is, we always look at the big picture of our customers’ processes. We work at your side to develop tailor-made solutions that meet the highest standards in productivity, quality, and sustainability. We want to be an extension of your Innovation Team.
Self-pierce riveting: strong, reliable joints
Self-pierce riveting creates safety-critical, robust joins with the flexibility of adhesive compatibility and multiple material combination capabilities
Industrial dispensing for high-quality production
Applying adhesive during body-in-white joining processes increases crash performance, vehicle stiffness, and resistance against corrosion.
Flow drill fastening: perfect for one-sided access
Join multiple stacks of a variety of materials with a smart, highly specialized, fastening system that monitors insertion based on the types of materials used in your application
Perfect for fastening vehicle body components that are limited to one-sided access
Generate value from relevant data during quality inspections
Drive your process to the next level with our Quality Assurance (QA) Smart Connected Solutions for Industry 4.0. Plan. Program and perform your quality inspections wherever you are. Access data in real-time and check results from any device with a web browser.
Flexible product offering to fit your needs
Learn more about our full spectrum of joining solutions including adhesive bonding, sealing, and dampening technology from our SCA product line, Henrob self-piercing rivets and riveting systems, and flow drill fastening from our K-Flow product line
Error-proofing techniques to achieve the perfect SPR joint quality, every time. You need to know that your self-pierced rivets are correctly inserted. You can visually inspect the rivet head which should indicate that you have a sound joint, although this is only part of the story.
Temperature management plays a key role for the high-voltage batteries of electric vehicles. Battery cells can only deliver maximum performance within a certain temperature range and must not overheat. In order to effectively transfer the heat caused by cell operation to the surroundings, a thermal compound is applied to the battery tray – this is a critical step in the joining process.
There is not always the possibility and time to check each joint in detail. With our five steps you can easily check your flow drill fastening quality when you don't have the time for elaborate processes.
Learn more about how Smart Connected Assembly is changing the automotive manufacturing landscape
The automotive industry is ever-evolving. Remain agile and on top of these automotive industry trends with smart, connected solutions from Atlas Copco. By combining the right tools with the right software, your production line will become smarter, more productive, and more flexible. Learn more about Industry 4.0.