Adhesives have revolutionized the auto industry by replacing mechanical fasteners, lowering a car’s weight, and improving fuel efficiency. The aircraft manufacturing industry has seen similar results, and adhesives today join up to 30 percent of all components in modern aircraft. For many, adhesives may not be the most noticeable part of industrial manufacturing, but they are certainly among the most important.
The fastener is as important when automating as the automation equipment itself. Choosing the right fastener may prevent exorbitant machine and fixture costs, decrease set-up and cycle times, as well as reduce the manufacturing cost of the components. One of the biggest motivators for automatic over manual fastening is increasing productivity and reducing costs. Unfortunately, many don’t realize the impact the fastener has on achieving these goals.