Training courses for the automotive industry

An innovative mix of materials for today's cars

Lightweight design is a key aspect of modern car manufacture. Modern cars have to combine aspects such as optimum weight, safety, comfort, and energy efficiency with minimal operating costs. In order to meet these requirements, these aspects must be taken into account and optimized in the product development phase. Fiber composites are being increasingly used for car manufacture. The lightweight advantages of plastics reinforced with, for example, carbon and glass fiber are clear: the lower weight results in lower emissions, lower fuel consumption, and smaller car components (e.g. brakes, engines) can be used. Adhesive bonding is also becoming an ever more prevalent joining technique in the car manufacturing industry. In car manufacture the use of adhesive bonding enables different fiber reinforced plastic materials to be combined in multi-material designs.

Training ensures the quality of materials used for car manufacture

The more commonplace the use of adhesive bonding and fiber composites becomes in car manufacture, the greater the need for technicians to become familiar with the special features of these processes and materials. Errors in the processing or with material selection or an inability to identify damage can have serious consequences for the quality of the cars. The requirements laid down in DIN EN ISO 9001 for workforce training for industrial users are therefore an important foundation for utilizing the benefits of fiber composites and adhesive bonding. Indeed, across a variety of industries quality assurance standards are placing ever higher requirements on the quality management of individual companies.