Joining processes in the assembly shop
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A wide range of colours, innovative processes and the desire for new features such as dirt-repellent surfaces are determining the direction of paint development. Does this also mean problems for high-performance adhesives in the assembly shop? To answer this question, we need to examine the adhesion phenomena at the adhesive/clearcoat interface. The following report presents the foundations for targeted adhesive development. Furthermore, it discusses the critical points for adhesive bonding on future paint generations and suggests potential solutions.
In order to fulfil the demands of the widest possible group of purchasers, the trend in the automotive industry is towards a dramatic increase in the number of model versions available. This calls for flexible assembly solutions in production. Vehicle body components are increasingly being joined by means of adhesive bonding, and this makes a major contribution towards lean production and lightweight design concepts. At Mercedes-Benz, the...
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