"The Better Connection"

The two-wheeled-vehicle market presents producers and suppliers with a very particular set of challenges. Not only are production batch sizes much smaller than for cars (they are, in fact, comparable to truck production quantities), but product revisions (face-lifts) occur in cycles of only one to two years. Many of the connection elements are visible parts, meaning they must fulfill exacting design requirements in addition to qualitative criteria. We set ourselves the task of developing a connection element kit that can be used with various vehicle models, significantly reducing the variety of parts involved.

During the course of developing a new motorcycle, the manufacturer supplying the corresponding exhaust pipe contacts us – the company requires a mounting solution for the heatsink. The design must be suitable for temperature differences from –20 to +220 °C, and strong vibrations must never cause the heat sink to become loose. After all, the motorcycle driver‘s safety is the top priority.

The customer has concrete ideas regarding how the heatsink should be mounted. First a bracket is welded to the exhaust pipe. The heatsink is attached using a screw and a weld nut. In addition, the screw contains a two-component adhesive that is located in small capsules along the thread. When tightening the screw, the capsules burst, providing additional support. The entire process is comprised of three individual parts and two welding steps.

"The Better Connection"
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