Alcoa unveils new aluminum joining breakthrough

Alcoa's RSR technology uses a combination of spot welding and self-piercing rivets to join different materials.

Detroit, Michigan — September 26, 2016 — Alcoa has developed a new method for joining aluminum to a wide range of other materials, including steels, magnesium and composites. Alcoa is one of the largest aluminum producers in the world and has a vested interest in lowering barriers to use in aluminum in the automotive sector. […]

SikaPower line expands with SikaPower-477 R

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Madison Heights, Michigan — August 22, 2016 — Sika Automotive has added a new “crash-durable” structural repair adhesive to its SikaPower line.    The new product, SikaPower-477 R, is designed for aftermarket body shop repair applications. According to Sika Automotive, the new adhesivers delivers performance similar to that of adhesives applied during OEM assembly. High […]

New materials bring bonding and riveting to the fore

The PNP90 rivet gun from Chief Automotive. According to Jeff Sanford, Staff Writer for Collision Repair magazine, operation is simple enough that even journalists can use it with minimal instruction.

By Jeff Sanford Madison, Indiana — October 12, 2015 — One of the big shifts in the world of advanced automotive materials is the use of bonding and riveting as a method for joining. Traditionally, welding has been the method for joining materials. But with the advent of materials like carbon fibre and increasing use […]