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A fully robotized process for potted-in insert in sandwich panels

News International-French

5 May 2020

Gebe2 and Secam Fixing Solutions partner to offer a fully automated fastening solutions dedicated to honeycomb and metal sandwich panels.

A fully robotized process for potted-in insert in sandwich panels

A fully robotized process for potted-in insert in sandwich panels

Conventional fixing processes for sandwich panels (nomex and aluminum) require multiple manual operations with no guarantee regarding repeatability.

This process implies an increase of pipeline products as it requires the immobilization on production lines up to 24 hours before handling, moving and fixing the sandwich panels components.

The fixing solution developped by Secam and the robotization by Gebe2 give an answer to these 2 problems. 

Automated potted-in insert fixation for sandwich panels – SecamNida

  1. Drilling of the sandwich panel
  2. Crimping of the insert on the upper skin
  3. Injection of the two-components potting compound
  4. Filling control – no additional finishing operations

Advantages of robotics for potted-in insert fixing on honeycomb panel (Nomex and aluminum)

  • Design: simplified structures design, no extra reinforcement.
  • Strong: equivalent of higher mechanical strength in regards to standard
  • Light: ligthen metal inserts and overall weight reduction
  • Fast: installation is 4 time quicker and requires 50% less steps compared to conventional methods
  • Costs killer: descrease of production downtimes and strong overall productivity gain
  • Simple: immediate handling ofter crimping and no need for finishing operations

Objective
Offer to market manufacturers a robotized solution for potted-in inserts fixing on honeycomb sandwich panels

  • fixing process time divided by 4
  • two times less steps required compared to conventional process