Emhart Fastening Teknologies is showcasing an electronically driven Self-Piercing Rivet (SPR) assembly system, used to join two different materials — such as an aluminum hood and steel hinge — that the company says is more efficient and less costly than the hydraulic system currently used by competitors. While the Emhart system is used on the new Audi A2, there currently are no U.S. applications. Randy Leedy, product manager-Self-Piercing Rivets, says that will change. “We're working on ...

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