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Press release Box-ID: 56439

Arnold Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG Carl-Arnold-Straße 25 74670 Forchtenberg, Germany
Contact Dipl. - Betriebswirt Michael Pult +49 7947 821170

Arnold Umformtechnik: Remform passes the extreme test

Institute of Vehicle Construction recommends plastic direct fastening technology – successfully deployed in the “Motor Racing” laboratory – costs reduce while safety increases

(PresseBox) (Forchtenberg, )
Direct fastener technology is gaining increasing importance, particularly in the automotive industry. Thread-forming screws are particularly advantageous when used to join plastic parts together. Investigations carried out by the IFBW (the Vehicle Construction Institute at Wolfsburg, Germany) have shown that this type of screw has mastered the balancing act between cost and quality. The reduction of assembly and processing costs as well as the cost of the parts, combined with the added security provided by the intelligent profile design, makes this new generation of screws extremely interesting, particularly when used in large scale manufacturing. However its functional capacities have been thoroughly tested in short series production too. To do this, the Wolfsburg University of Technology sought out the most stringent of test laboratories available to the automotive industry - the sport of motor racing.

Formula category racing cars are the pinnacle class in motor sport. No other series of motor racing vehicle represents a comparable requirements profile of technical expertise and driving skills - not to mention the financial capacity of those involved. Thus, the experience and new ideas gained from formula racing always have an influence on the development of series vehicles. Proof of the efficiency of materials such as aluminium and carbon fibre was first obtained from their use in racing cars. Cost-reducing design technologies, such as Rapid

Prototyping, can also trace their roots to motor racing before gaining recognition in other areas of industry. Developing a formula vehicle provides crucial experience for the automotive engineers of the future - of inestimable value in their professional careers.

Quick and economical
The “Formula Student” program, set up in 1981 by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), provides engineering students with an extraordinary opportunity to get to grips with the demands of engineering practice at an early stage of their careers. Ultimately, it is not simply a matter of building the fastest car, but of finding an intelligent compromise between engineering design and race performance, financial planning and sales claims. The “Formula Student” (FS) concept is proving very popular and is meeting the expectations of students at the Wolfsburg University of Technology. Since it was set up in 2003, the project - operating under the name of “Wob Racing Team” - has designed and manufactured a competition racing car in the Formula SAE class.

The Monoposto vehicle must not cost too much, and must be reliable and easy to drive”, said Steffen Niemann, project technical manager of “Wob Racing”, describing the challenge that faces his team. Following initial successes at the FSG competitions in the United Kingdom and in Germany, the students are now building the racing generation for 2006 and finding ways to achieve pole position. In Arnold Umformtechnik GmbH of Forchtenberg in SW Germany, they have found a development partner who is supporting the project not merely financially, but in particular by the transfer of its technical expertise.

Fastening technology under extreme loads
Arnold was able to contribute its specialist knowledge as students continue to perfect the fastener technology used in the vehicle. “The use of thread-forming Remform screws is helping our work in every discipline required,” argued project manager Niemann. “By using Remform, we have shortened the process chain, reduced the costs of assembly, of processing and the parts, and are creating an additional safety cushion” said Niemann, summing up the first year of collaboration.

“The Remform screw we are using here is the logical enhancement of the idea that these fasteners should take on additional functions when screwed in,” continued Professor Paul Wollschläger, deputy director of the Vehicle Construction Institute. The principle of direct screwing is that, as it is screwed in, the screw takes over some of the steps of the manufacturing process that, in conventional manufacturing, would need to be carried out as separate work procedures. As the screw is screwed in, a gimlet incorporated into the tip first forms the appropriate through-hole diameter, after which the screw taps into the bore thread with its own thread. “There is no need to drill the hole and cut the thread, so less assembly time is required. We save on the machines and tools necessary to do that, and on wear, so assembly costs go down,” continued the manufacturing specialist. However for it to be deployed without problem, the forming material must possess a certain minimum ductility.

A patented safety benefit
This is the case with the use of Remform at Wob Racing. The WR01 model’s intake system is manufactured as a rapid prototyping part from PA-6. It is not just the injection strip that is screwed to it, but the temperature sensor has to be fastened to it as well. Remform screws have proved to be the problem solver in this area. The patented thread geometry provides the fastening with a considerably higher strip load and offers a greater difference between screw-in torque and overturn torque than the traditional 30o low angle screws. The screws, which are therefore consistently tight, provide additional safety room - particularly necessary under the extreme conditions of motor racing.

At the same time the much slimmer budget achievable with Remform proves to be a real competitive advantage. “Even in this coming year, I calculate that we will be able to continue to maintain our lead over the competition, because our Formula Student competitors are still underestimating the issue of fasteners,” forecast Niemann. “But once they do the cards will be reshuffled and a new game will start”. Because competition never sleeps – it sometimes just has one eye shut.

Arnold Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG

The ARNOLD Group – solutions which connect
Whereas the Arnold name has always signified and still does stand for “fasteners”, in recent years the range of products has expanded.

Today, Arnold is a group of companies supplying a comprehensive range of fastener products and related services besides the parent company ARNOLD UMFORMTECHNIK GmbH & Co. KG, Forchtenberg-Ernsbach in Germany, members of the Arnold Group include subsidiaries Arnold & Shinjo, also based in Forchtenberg-Ernsbach, Germany, and ARNOLD Technique France, based in Lyon, France. In 2003 the overall group, employing just under 500 people, achieved a sales turnover of over Euro 80 million. The transformation from a purely manufacturing company into a comprehensive service provider to the fastener industry began in the mid 1970s, when the company decided to conccentrate on manufacturing very high-quality technological fasteners. As it entered the higher quality fastener market, the company faced new challenges. Today Arnold works with major companies in the automotive and electrical industries, both at home in Germany and abroad, and becomes involved early on as their customers develop and design new parts. First of all this requires intensive on-site consultation along with comprehensive customer services, and secondly it requires highly qualified employees who can rise to, and meet the demands of the market.

•To be able to meet the particular demands of each of the industrial sectors, Arnold has divided its marketing activities into automotive and trade and industry divisions. Thus, customers can call upon specialist teams able to offer customised advice in order to provide innovative solutions.

•To meet the challenge of such development partnerships, our qualified staff develop the best possible fastener solutions by visiting customers at home and abroad, and implementing the results of their visits at our own engineering design and development departments.

•By constantly analysing industry applications, the products themselves, and users´requrements, ARNOLD is always in an excellent position to be able to develop new solutions to problems and incorporate thm into the development process. So, with ARNOLD´s own production expertise, we are able to produce top quality innovative products and individual industry solutions that set new market standards. Furthermore, ARNOLD is an important and integral part of the Supply Chain. Working very closely with OEMs and their suppliers, ARNOLD is able to react very quickly to changes in the market, and to incorporate the knowledge gained into enhanced products for customers. A Pre-Sales and After-Sales service covering Key Account Management, modern logistics systems and customer seminars rounds off the range of ARNOLD services.

The Arnold Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Würth Group, which with over 50,000 employees and more than 320 companies world-wide operates on a global basis with earnings of over 6 billion euros. So, against that background, the Arnold Group represents a secure partner in the best possible position to serve the global requirements of the market.

Die ARNOLD Gruppe – Lösungen, die verbinden
Wurde der Name Arnold in der Vergangenheit noch oftmals automatisch mit dem Begriff „Verbindungselemente“ gleichgesetzt, so hat sich dies in den letzten Jahren grundlegend geändert.
Heute ist Arnold eine Unternehmensgruppe zu der neben der Muttergesellschaft ARNOLD UMFORMTECHNIK GmbH & Co. KG, Forchtenberg-Ernsbach (D), noch die Töchter Arnold & Shinjo, ebenfalls Forchtenberg-Ernsbach (D), und Arnold Technique France, Lyon (F), gehören. Die Unternehmensgruppe erwirtschaftet mit knapp 500 Mitarbeitern über 80 Mio.€ Umsatz. Der Wandel setzte bereits Mitte der 70er Jahre ein, als man sich auf die Herstellung von anspruchsvollen Verbindungselementen konzentrierte. Mit dem Eintritt in das Marktsegment der höherwertigen Verbindungselemente kamen auch neue Herausforderungen auf das Unternehmen zu. Arnold arbeitet heute national und international mit den „großen“ der Automobil- und Elektroindustrie zusammen und wird von diesen frühzeitig als Entwicklungspartner in Entwicklung und Konstruktion von Neuteilen eingebunden. Dies bedingt zum einen eine intensive Betreuung vor Ort und umfassende Dienstleistungen für die Kunden und zum anderen hoch qualifizierte Mitarbeiter, welche den Anforderungen des Marktes gerecht werden können.
Das Unternehmen Arnold hat sich diesen Herausforderungen mit Erfolg gestellt:

•Damit die speziellen Anforderungen der einzelnen Branchen erfüllt werden können, ist man bei Arnold dazu übergegangen den Vertrieb in die Sparten Automotiv und Industrie + Handel zu gliedern. So entstanden Spezialistenteams, die den Kunden mit individueller Beratung innovative Lösungen anbieten können.
•Um dem Anspruch der Entwicklungspartnerschaft gerecht zu werden, erarbeiten qualifizierte Mitarbeiter national und international vor Ort beim Kunden und in der eigenen Konstruktions- und Entwicklungsabteilung die optimale Verbindungslösung.
•Durch die kontinuierliche Analyse der Anwendungsfälle, der Produkte und der Anforderungen der Anwender ist ARNOLD in der Lage selbständig neue Problemlösungen zu entwickeln und diese in den Entwicklungsprozess mit einfließen zu lassen. Verbunden mit dem ARNOLD eigenen Produktions-Know-how entstehen so innovative Produkte und individuelle Branchenlösungen die neue Marktstandards setzen. Des weiteren ist Arnold ein wichtiger Integrationspartner in der Supply Chain. Durch die enge Zusammenarbeit mit den OEMs und deren Zulieferer ist ARNOLD in der Lage, bei Entwicklungen in der Zuliefererindustrie auf wichtige Veränderungen des Marktes hinzuweisen. Ein internationaler Pre- und After-Sales-Service der u.a. moderne Logistiksysteme, Key-Account-Management und Kundenseminare umfasst, rundet die Palette der Dienstleistungen ab.

Die Arnold Gruppe selbst ist ein 100%iger Bestandteil der globalen Würth-Gruppe, die mit über 50.000 Mitarbeitern und über 320 Gesellschaften weltweit über 6 Milliarden Euro erwirtschaftet. Durch diesen Hintergrund stellt die Arnold-Gruppe für jeden Kunden einen sicheren Partner dar, der die globalen Anforderungen des Marktes optimal bedienen kann.

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