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  • In Practice No. 24/2012

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    08 Daimler Development Director Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber on the drives of the future.

    16 BLUM have reached a new milestone in the development of architectural hardware with their latest product: BLUMOTION. Components from SFS intec are helping the system perform effortlessly.

    04 Short reports News in brief from the world of SFS intec

    08 What does the future hold for drivers? In discussion with Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Board Member at Daimler AG with responsibilities for research and Mercedes-Benz vehicle development

    10 A fantastic new glass facade fixing system A new skin for the university building in Bergen, Norway

    12 High tech for hi-fi pleasure SFS intec has been developing speaker baffles in expanded

    metal-look plastic

    14 Market differentiation thanks to perfectly honed development and manufacturing skills Product innovations leading the way to new strategic targets

    16 Precision in the kitchen Pushing back technological barriers through systematic collaboration

    18 A rivet insertion tool with countless applications Extending the application spectrum for rivet insertion systems

    20 Reliable corrosion protection with A4 and A5 steels Long-term fastening whatever the weather

    22 Russias steel industry: future-proof thanks to SFS intec fastener technology Fitting the roofing structure to Russias largest tube mill

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    Editorial teamStaff of SFS intec

    Frequency of publicationAnnual

    Graphics and editingMarketing Services SFS intec

    English translationTerra Firma International Limited, Welshpool, UK

    Printgalledia ag, Berneck

    PublisherSFS intec

    Front Cover Museo de las Ciencias, constructed with extensive use of SFS intec fasteners (Source: Corus Kalzip)


    22 Installing the gigantic flat roof covering Russias largest tube mill called for the efficiency offered by SFS intec fasteners.

    Achieving successful solutions starts with recognising customer needs

    Innovations require a profound understanding of customer needs. Active listening, exchanging ideas, setting targets always with their practical and safe achievement in mind: these are the collaborative maxims embraced by our employees in their daily interactions with our customers.

    It is after all the marriage of technological excellence and well-honed engineering skills, coupled with the entrepreneurial interactions, which really provides the successful results we all seek.

    In this edition of SFS intec In Practice, we once again present specially selected examples of our day-to-day work, illustrating how, working hand-in-glove with our customers, we have been able to create future- focused solutions.

    We hope you enjoy reading about some of our many project successes, and that this SFS intec In Practice report will help you generate many exciting new ideas.

    Alfred SchneiderGeneral Manager / AutomotiveProducts


  • Efficient fastening for the A350 Airbus

    Never before have efficiency conside- rations and the environment been so central to a new aircraft development. Light-weight alloys and composite materials have been extensively used to reduce fuel consumption. Specially developed clip fastening techniques speed up assembly and enable tight build schedules to be hit.

    The cabin area modular fastening system, developed by SFS intec, also speeds up assembly. From the first prototype design, right through to the series production, SFS intec were there, actively supporting their part-ners goals with a comprehensive project management system.

    A user-friendly ordering procedure with the barcode scanner

    La qualit, a ce voit or Quality thats plain to see. Thats the sales concept of Huis Clos, the French manufacturer of quality uPVC, alumini- um and timber doors and windows. Their products are distributed through a sales network throughout France. That means that customers can view samples and assembly systems on the spot.

    But this service became increasingly difficult to manage. Thats why Huis Clos decided to systemise their range and simplify their logistics processes. They called on the expert assistance of SFS intecs French Market Organi-sation.

    Following a joint variety control exer-cise, attention focused on improving existing logistics systems. The answer was streamlining the entire order process using barcode scanners. The system, called Mini eScan, consists of a compact barcode scanner with

    specially developed logistics software. This enables individual sales outlets to produce and print their own labels and barcode lists.

    Another advantage of the scanner is its mobility. Codes can be scanned in the warehouse or in the plant. Printed barcodes can be read quickly and efficiently anywhere. The scanner is

    subsequently linked to a PC via a USB port, and the scanned articles are displayed on screen. Its then a simple matter to check the details and complete the order.

    The Mini eScan demonstrates the willingness of SFS intec to get involved with e-procurement, offer-ing ingenious solutions, simplifying processes and reducing costs.

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    One of Germanys largest solar energy systems was hooked up to the mains in the Summer of 2011. SFS intec fasteners were part of that success story.

    Renewable and low-emission energy is the future. Above all photovoltaic sys-tems, i.e. those converting solar power into electrical current, have boomed over recent years. Large scale industrial roofing offers the ideal basis.

    That was certainly the case at the Delitzsch Industry Park in the state of Saxony. A 40000 square metre solar energy plant installed on a roof there produces a staggering 3.2 megawatts of electricity. The new SOL-R proved the ideal fixing system.

    An extremely efficient installation was made possible by the continued sup-port of SFS intec fastener specialists. The black SOL-R retainers are fixed directly to the support structure with power tool fasteners. A thick water-tight strip underneath the retainers serves to provide long term sealing. Among the additional support services offered by SFS intec was the training of all installation operatives.

    Thanks to the flexible height adjust-ment of the SOL-R system, uneven roof areas presented no problem. Even unexpected variations in the roof struc-ture could be readily accommodated, thanks to the wide range of approved fasteners available.

    The simple installation system won over everyone concerned. Self-tapping screws eliminate the time-consuming pre-drilling operation. Cutting out this step alone saved two weeks work. Hence the fasteners were already installed long before the cells them-selves were delivered.

    All this means that the SOL-R is setting new standards in solar energy installa-tion. Quite simply, a secure, flexible and rapid solution for installation pro-fessionals.

    n The SOL-R has been specially developed for mounting solar panels on industrial buildings. Thanks to its geometrical design and the numerous alternative fixing possibilities, it is universally suitable for virtually every roof structure.

    Fitting the solar cells of the future

    n The solar panels on the roof of the Delitzsch industrial park cover an area of 40 000 square metres; mounted rapidly, securely and with complete flexibility.

  • Cockpit electronics under control

    Modern cars contain literally dozens of electronic control systems. They help conserve power, improve fuel economy and increase passenger comfort. But all this places a big strain on vehicle batteries; and a voltage interruption could lead to a system failure.

    The German first tier automotive sup-plier, Continental, has been working on the issue and developed a revolutionary stabiliser system for cockpit electron-ics. Working like a heart pacemaker, the device provides the fastest start/stop system on the market, delivering completely reliable electronic network support.

    The system is mounted using fasteners from SFS intec, which, thanks to a special coating, are highly conductive; while an integral sealing ring also inhib-its any water ingress into the housing, which might badly affect the system.

    A new hand tool for blind rivet insertion

    Since its market launch two years ago, the FireFox blind rivet insertion tool has consistently demonstrated its capabilities in a wide range of applications. Now blind rivet specialist GESIPAs addition of an integrated process monitoring system marks another step towards the goal of zero defect, fully monitored rivet insertion.

    The precursor to the development was the long-estab- lished TAURUSC system, which has an on-board electronic monitoring system to evaluate and record the installation procedure. Thanks to specially developed software, the user can set the mechanical insertion parameters up-front. The equipment monitors and displays the results of the rivet insertion process via coloured LEDs. Data can even be statistically evaluated using a data transmission interface.

    With its unique technology, the FireFox represents the ideal extension to the existing product range.

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    The requirements for future bulk manufacture were met well ahead of the time schedule.

    Of course, a secure lifetime corner fastening for our windows is of para-mount importance to us. The over- riding positive feedback from our customers tells us we made the right decision. The MC fixing underlines the high quality of our products.

    could find. We completed tests with different fastener types. In the end the MC was the undisputed winner.

    SFS intecs added value was also a factor. Technical support and a comprehensive service package are convincing arguments for


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