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Joining is one stage of the assembly process and describes the operation by which two or more components of defined geometric shape, the adherends, are permanently joined to one another. Under certain circumstances, this is carried out using an additional substance, such as adhesive, as an auxiliary agent. Joining produces an interlocking connection at the respective joints of the components. The resulting workpiece connections can be further classified into separable connections such as bolted connections, inseparable connections such as welded connections and connections using rivets or solder that offer limited scope for separation.
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