Dual purpose fastener

Paul Boughton

GESIPA Blind Riveting Systems Ltd was approached to fulfil a standard fastening requirement but they finally ended up delivering a novel solution, which performed a dual role for this OEM application.

The original need was for a fastener to assemble an aluminium extrusion to the vehicle. Evidently, another fastener was already being used by the customer, to clamp the spacer to this aluminium extrusion. After analysing the customer requirement, GESIPA suggested a single part replacement solution in the form of its rivet nut stud fulfilling both the fastening needs at the same time.

“The solution delivered by GESIPA was a specially designed M6 rivet nut stud manufactured in Steel with 5.8mm grip range. This rivet nut stud was used to clamp the spacer to the extrusion simultaneously assembling the extrusion to the vehicle thus serving the dual purpose and replacing the need of using two distinct fasteners in the same application,” explains Stephen Dovernor, Account Manager, Technical Sales, GESIPA, UK.

The solution developed by GESIPA was able to provide the customer with a single fastener replacing two currently used, at a lower in-place cost. Also, stronger clamp force and higher load bearing capacity of the fastener provided a guaranteed and secure joint.

The bespoke rivet nut stud manufactured by GESIPA as a solution to the automotive application requirement, not only provided an easier, neater and quicker installation option to assemble the extrusion to the vehicle itself but was also simultaneously used to clamp the spacer to this aluminium extrusion, thus serving the dual purpose.

By reducing total production and installation times by approximately 50 per cent, this solution also resulted into a huge cost saving opportunity for the customer.

For more information, www.gesipa.co.uk

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