Due to the increasing use of bonding technology, as an additional joining procedure, in industry and crafts, an internationally recognized set of rules for adhesive technology was created. The German Institute for Standardization compiled these regulations in the quality norm DIN 6701-2. The defined standards are compulsory since 2006 for companies that work with adhesive bonds for rail vehicles. Therefore the operating site has to undergo an audit.
The aim of this standard is to sensitize the handling of adhesive technology and ensure the quality of the products. The scope depends on the adhesive fields of the company and the safety requirements of the bonded components (expressed in classes).
With the bonding of product components IDEAL provides another expertise in terms of qualitative joining methods additionally to the conventional welding technology (certificate ISO 15085-2). Another benefit of the certification according to DIN 6701-2 is the use of adhesive technology for equipping rail vehicles with IDEAL products.
The advantages of adhesive bonding are quite obvious: better utilization of the installation space, new design possibilities, optimized mix of materials, less corrosion, speed and a reduced expense for repair and dismantling.
In future, a perfectly trained team of three adhesive bonders (EAB) and two adhesive specialists (EAS) will be responsible for ensuring the quality of the bonded joints at IDEAL. Due to the specially installed bonding area IDEAL is optimally equipped for future projects. Based on that future technology IDEAL has the possibility to better react on customer requirements in future.
Fire Protection test report
In addition to certification according to DIN 6701-2 IDEAL AKE has to point out that the company was tested by an independent institute concerning the fire safety of products. This test report says that "the hollow-body constructions made of 1.4031 stainless steel with a thickness of 0.8 mm, filled with polyurethane - hard foam for the thermal insulation" are highly inflammable (old designation "B1") and TR.1 (“non-dripping”).