Welcome to the Automotive Body in White Fastening User's Guide !
This guide is intended for users who need to become quickly familiar with the product.
This overview provides the following information:

Automotive Body in White Fastening in a Nutshell

The Automotive Body in White Fastening application is a product dedicated to the design of Automotive Body In White Fasteners. It supports welding technologies and mechanical clinching, along with Adhesives, Sealers, and Mastics.

For each of these general fastening technologies, specific Fastening process codes along with their matching relevant parameters can be set-up in an Application Parameters Start-Up file. This file can be fully customized by the customer, according to company or industry specific standards requirements. Its feature-based approach offers both a highly structured and intuitive design environment.

Fasteners can be gathered so as to connect specific contact zones of the parts to join. You can create, edit and delete spot like fasteners.

In addition to placing the fasteners, reports can be issued from the application in order to list the data that can be exported (respectively imported) to a neutral ASCII text format, providing opening with customer legacy systems.

Automotive Body in White Fastening application is a P3 product, therefore if no ABF and FAR licenses are available, fasteners data is not displayed. If only the FAR license is available, Automotive Body in White Fastening data is displayed and can be edited but cannot modified.

As a scalable product, Automotive Body in White Fastening can be used in cooperation with other products such as Assembly Design and Generative Shape Design

Before Reading this Guide

Before reading this guide, you should be familiar with basic Version 5 concepts such as document windows, standard and view toolbars. Therefore, we recommend that you read the Infrastructure User's Guide that describes generic capabilities common to all Version 5 products. It also describes the general layout of V5 and the interoperability between workbenches.

You may also like to read the following complementary product guides:

  • Part Design,
  • Assembly Design,
  • Generative Shape Design

Getting the Most Out of this Guide

To get the most out of this guide, we suggest that you start reading and performing the step-by-step Getting Started tutorial.

Once you have finished, you should move on to the User Tasks section which deals with handling of all the product functions.

The Workbench Description section, which describes the Automotive BiW Fastening workbench, and the Customizing section, which explains how to set up the options, will also certainly prove useful.

Navigating in the Split View mode is recommended. This mode offers a framed layout allowing direct access from the table of contents to the information.

Accessing Sample Documents

To perform the scenarios, sample documents are provided all along this documentation. For more information on accessing sample documents, refer to Accessing Sample Documents in the Infrastructure User's Guide.