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Blind rivet feeder meets the needs of challenging automotive task

Blind rivet feeder meets the needs of challenging automotive task

A chance enquiry has uncovered the potential of Gesipa’s automatic blind rivet feeding unit for setting sealing plugs, and thus opened up a whole new market for the company’s products.

The biggest automation and special purpose machine builder in the UK was looking for an automated machine for the setting of sealing plugs into viscous dampers. Viscous dampers are fitted to the front end of diesel engines to control vibrations. The customer approached Gesipa, to find out if it manufactured any automated machine that could be a solution for their requirement. 

Gesipa is a blind fastener manufacturer, and manufactures supporting tooling including automated and failsafe tools for setting blind rivets, rivet nuts and nut studs. Although not having any standard solution for the customer to set sealing plugs, the technical team at Gesipa suggested that customer should send some samples for test setting using the GAV, the automatic blind riveting unit.

After the GAV proved successful in setting the sealing plugs into the application, Gesipa invited the customer to visit its facility in Keighley, with the GAV demo in situ in a newly built customer demonstration room. This demonstration room successfully showcases how Gesipa  tools can save time and reduce production costs, and process control tools are all set up ready for viewing and demonstration in this dedicated area.

The success of this project has not only led to a much stronger collaboration between the two companies and opened a new market for Gesipa but also demonstrated its approach to finding the best possible solutions to its customer’s assembly requirements.

The GAV can be operated either manually or as a component in a robot-controlled system, riveting up to 40 rivets per minute depending on the type of application.

With features like speed of the machine, ease of use and easily integrated into any machine build, the GAV brings excellent time and cost savings when used in various applications. With an option to be integrated with robotic systems or setting process monitoring via the Gesipa interface that ensures rivet is set correctly, it is one of its kinds available in the market and was an excellent solution to the aforementioned customer requirement. 

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