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Bio Composites Procedure (c) AZL Aachen GmbH
24.09.2020

Starting market and technology study on the Potential for bio-based composite materials

Sustainability and environmental responsibility are important developments for the current design of productions and products. In order to obtain a comprehensive evaluation of the potential of bio-based composites, the AZL, together with an industry consortium, is investigating the market potential, future applications and relevant technologies for bio-based composite materials. The 5-month market and technology study will start on October 22nd, 2020 and is open to interested companies. Companies such as REHAU, an Automotive Tier 1, Asahi Kasei, Johns Manville, Mahr Metering Systems and several material manufacturers are participating in the study.

Bio-plastics are well established in industry, especially in packaging applications. The market for biopolymers is expected to grow from USD 10.5 billion in 2020 to USD 27.9 billion in 2025. At the same time, bio-based raw materials, such as natural fibers, are available on the market in a cost-effective manner. Composites with wood or natural fiber content are also increasingly used in products.

Sustainability and environmental responsibility are important developments for the current design of productions and products. In order to obtain a comprehensive evaluation of the potential of bio-based composites, the AZL, together with an industry consortium, is investigating the market potential, future applications and relevant technologies for bio-based composite materials. The 5-month market and technology study will start on October 22nd, 2020 and is open to interested companies. Companies such as REHAU, an Automotive Tier 1, Asahi Kasei, Johns Manville, Mahr Metering Systems and several material manufacturers are participating in the study.

Bio-plastics are well established in industry, especially in packaging applications. The market for biopolymers is expected to grow from USD 10.5 billion in 2020 to USD 27.9 billion in 2025. At the same time, bio-based raw materials, such as natural fibers, are available on the market in a cost-effective manner. Composites with wood or natural fiber content are also increasingly used in products.

Dr. Michael Emonts, Managing Partner of AZL: "Together with our partner companies we want to identify hidden business potential for composites with bio-based materials. To do so, we will reapply our established approach for market and technology studies: Based on a detailed market analysis, we will dive deep into the technological evaluation of technologies, applications and business cases.”

Based on a detailed market segmentation, AZL's technology experts analyze the various market segments in terms of their size, growth potential, relevant players and existing and future applications. For the identified applications, the participants in the study will receive detailed insight into the respective technical and legal requirements as well as an overview of value chains, processes and materials. In the following, the strengths and challenges of bio-composites compared to conventional materials are elaborated. The consortium will select the components with the highest potential, for which suitable production scenarios will be developed and analyzed in terms of costs in a business case analysis.

"We are participating in the AZL study to identify and evaluate new product areas with bio-materials. The technological analyses of the AZL studies have already helped us in the past to initiate new developments," says Dr. Steven Schmidt, Director Technology Platforms Materials at REHAU, explaining the motivation for working with the AZL and the industry consortium. "As one of the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders, we at REHAU are incorporating environmentally friendly materials into more and more products. Wherever the company is active - from the furniture and construction industries to the automotive industry - REHAU is already developing and manufacturing high-quality products from recycled raw materials. By 2025, REHAU plans to increase its recycling rate across the Group to significantly more than 15 percent and at the same time reduce CO2 emissions by at least 30 percent," adds Dr. Steven Schmidt.

Bio-composites will also be the topic of the upcoming Lightweight TechTalk by AZL on September 29, 2020. Experts from industry and academia will give technology and market insights on sustainability and recycling of composites in 6 presentations. Registration is free of charge at: https://azl-aachen-gmbh.de/termine/recycling-of-composites/.

The kick-off of the project will take place on October 22nd, 2020 in the form of a video conference. Further background information on the project can be found under the following link: https://azl-aachen-gmbh.de/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020-251_OP_Bio-Bases_Composites.pdf

Bio Composites Procedure (c) AZL Aachen GmbH
24.09.2020

Startende Markt- und Technologiestudie zum Potential für bio-basierte Composite-Materialien

Nachhaltigkeit und Umweltbewusstsein sind wichtige Entwicklungen für die derzeitige Gestaltung von Produktionen und Produkten. Um eine umfassende Einschätzung des Potentials von bio-basierten Composites zu erhalten, untersucht das AZL zusammen mit einem Industriekonsortium das Marktpotential, zukünftige Anwendungen und relevante Technologien für bio-basierte Composite-Materialien. Die 5-monatige Markt- und Technologiestudie startet am 22. Oktober 2020 und ist offen für interessierte Firmen. Firmen wie REHAU, ein Automotive Tier 1, Asahi Kasei, Johns Manville, Mahr Metering Systems sowie mehrere Materialhersteller beteiligen sich an der Studie.

Bio-Kunststoffe sind in der Industrie, vor allem in Verpackungsanwendungen etabliert. Es wird erwartet, dass der Markt für Biopolymere von 10,5 Milliarden USD im Jahr 2020 auf 27,9 Milliarden USD im Jahr 2025 wachsen wird. Gleichzeitig sind bio-basierte Rohmaterialien, wie Naturfasern, kosteneffektiv auf dem Markt erhältlich. Auch Composites mit Holz- oder Naturfaseranteilen werden zunehmend in Produkten eingesetzt.

Nachhaltigkeit und Umweltbewusstsein sind wichtige Entwicklungen für die derzeitige Gestaltung von Produktionen und Produkten. Um eine umfassende Einschätzung des Potentials von bio-basierten Composites zu erhalten, untersucht das AZL zusammen mit einem Industriekonsortium das Marktpotential, zukünftige Anwendungen und relevante Technologien für bio-basierte Composite-Materialien. Die 5-monatige Markt- und Technologiestudie startet am 22. Oktober 2020 und ist offen für interessierte Firmen. Firmen wie REHAU, ein Automotive Tier 1, Asahi Kasei, Johns Manville, Mahr Metering Systems sowie mehrere Materialhersteller beteiligen sich an der Studie.

Bio-Kunststoffe sind in der Industrie, vor allem in Verpackungsanwendungen etabliert. Es wird erwartet, dass der Markt für Biopolymere von 10,5 Milliarden USD im Jahr 2020 auf 27,9 Milliarden USD im Jahr 2025 wachsen wird. Gleichzeitig sind bio-basierte Rohmaterialien, wie Naturfasern, kosteneffektiv auf dem Markt erhältlich. Auch Composites mit Holz- oder Naturfaseranteilen werden zunehmend in Produkten eingesetzt.

Dr. Michael Emonts, Geschäftsführer des AZL: „Zusammen mit unseren Partnerfirmen wollen wir bisher noch unerkanntes Geschäftspotential für Composites mit aus bio-basierten Materialien identifizieren. Dazu wenden wir unseren etablierten Ansatz für Markt-/Technologiestudien an und tauchen ausgehend von einer detaillierten Marktanalyse tief in die technologische Bewertung von Technologien, Anwendungen und Business Cases.“

Ausgehend von einer detaillierten Marktsegmentierung, analysieren die Technologieexperten des AZL die verschiedenen Marktsegmente hinsichtlich ihrer Größe, ihres Wachstumspotentials, relevanter Akteure und existierender und zukünftiger Anwendungen. Die Teilnehmer der Studie erhalten für die identifizierten Anwendungen detaillierte Einsicht in die jeweiligen technischen und gesetzlichen Anforderungen sowie einen Überblick über Wertschöpfungsketten, Prozesse und Materialien. Im Folgenden werden die Stärken und Herausforderungen von Bio-Composites gegenüber konventionellen Materialien erarbeitet. Das Konsortium wählt die Komponenten mit dem höchsten Potential aus, für die geeignete Produktionsszenarien erarbeitet und im Rahmen einer Business-Case-Analyse hinsichtlich ihrer Kosten analysiert werden.

„Wir sind bei der AZL-Studie dabei, um dadurch neue Produktbereiche mit Bio-Materialien zu identifizieren und zu bewerten. Die technologischen Analysen der AZL-Studien haben uns bereits in der Vergangenheit geholfen, Neuentwicklungen anzustoßen,“ erklärt Dr. Steven Schmidt, Director Technology Platforms Materials bei REHAU die Motivation mit dem AZL und dem Industriekonsortium zusammen zu arbeiten. „Als einer der 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders bringen wir bei REHAU umweltfreundliche Materialien in immer mehr Produkte. Überall, wo das Unternehmen tätig ist – von der Möbel-, über die Bau- bis hin zur Automobilindustrie – entwickelt und produziert REHAU bereits heute qualitativ hochwertige Produkte aus Recycling-Rohstoffen. Bis 2025 plant REHAU, seine Recyclingquote gruppenweit auf deutlich mehr als 15 Prozent zu erhöhen und gleichzeitig den CO2-Ausstoß um mindestens 30 Prozent zu reduzieren,“ ergänzt Dr. Steven Schmidt.

Bio-Composites werden auch Thema im anstehenden Lightweight TechTalk by AZL am 29. September 2020 sein. Experten aus Industrie und Academia werden in 6 Vorträgen Technologie- und Markteinblicke geben zu Nachhaltigkeit und Recycling von Composites. Die Anmeldung ist kostenfrei möglich unter: https://azl-aachen-gmbh.de/termine/recycling-of-composites/

Das Kick-Off des Projekts findet am 22. Oktober 2020 im Rahmen einer Video-Konferenz statt.

Weitere Hintergrundinformationen zum Projekt finden Sie unter folgendem Link: https://azl-aachen-gmbh.de/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020-251_OP_Bio-Bases_Composites.pdf

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Airborne / AMAC GmbH (c) AMAC GmbH
28.10.2019

Airborne strengthens its activities in the D-A-CH region with AMAC

As of October 1st, 2019, the Netherlands-based global market leading manufacturer of advanced automation equipment and solutions for composites, Airborne, strengthens its activities particularly in German speaking countries, the so-called D-A-CH region, comprising Germany, Austria and Switzerland with Dr. Michael Effing from AMAC. The Dutch company is looking for specialised partnerships to develop and deepen its international business opportunities in the aerospace and automotive markets.

As of October 1st, 2019, the Netherlands-based global market leading manufacturer of advanced automation equipment and solutions for composites, Airborne, strengthens its activities particularly in German speaking countries, the so-called D-A-CH region, comprising Germany, Austria and Switzerland with Dr. Michael Effing from AMAC. The Dutch company is looking for specialised partnerships to develop and deepen its international business opportunities in the aerospace and automotive markets.

Airborne’s focus is on high-end composite components, at high production rates at radically low conversion costs. Airborne is building up a suite of automated solutions for the manufacturing of composites with the aim to radically reduce costs and touch labour, minimize the footprint and use of material, and improve the time to market for their clients. The company offers i.a. solutions in automated honeycomb potting, automated kitting and automated lamination of thermosets and thermoplastics. In order to develop new business opportunities in the D-A-CH region for the end-markets aerospace and automotive, Airborne is cooperating with AMAC to accelerate the process of locating suitable partnerships.

Dr. Effing, CEO of AMAC GmbH confirms: "As a first step for the establishment of Airborne on the German market, we just signed their membership at AZL in Aachen which will help to connect with over 80 companies and latest research developments. In the framework of theirstrategy to strengthen the supply to the aircraft sector, Airborne will also exhibit at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg from March 31st to April 2nd 2020.”

 

 Sustainability Takes Centre-stage At Leading Bangladesh Shows (c) Bangladesh Apparel Exchange
15.10.2019

Sustainability Takes Centre-stage At Leading Bangladesh Shows

  • Bangladesh’s biggest denim expo takes place 5-6 November
  • The show runs concurrently with the Sustainable Apparel Forum Bangladesh
  • From 4-6 November, Bangladesh becomes the perfect meeting point for stakeholders in the global apparel industry

DHAKA - Responsibility is the theme of the 11th Bangladesh Denim Expo which takes place on 5th and 6th November at International Convention City in Bashundhara, Dhaka. The event, now firmly established as one of the world’s leading denim trade shows, runs alongside the Bangladesh Sustainable Apparel Forum.

Bangladesh Denim Expo

Around 100 exhibitors from 11 countries, including host Bangladesh, will participate in this year’s denim expo. Other participating countries are china, Japan, Italy, India, Singapore, Brazil, Spain, Pakistan, Turkey and Germany.

  • Bangladesh’s biggest denim expo takes place 5-6 November
  • The show runs concurrently with the Sustainable Apparel Forum Bangladesh
  • From 4-6 November, Bangladesh becomes the perfect meeting point for stakeholders in the global apparel industry

DHAKA - Responsibility is the theme of the 11th Bangladesh Denim Expo which takes place on 5th and 6th November at International Convention City in Bashundhara, Dhaka. The event, now firmly established as one of the world’s leading denim trade shows, runs alongside the Bangladesh Sustainable Apparel Forum.

Bangladesh Denim Expo

Around 100 exhibitors from 11 countries, including host Bangladesh, will participate in this year’s denim expo. Other participating countries are china, Japan, Italy, India, Singapore, Brazil, Spain, Pakistan, Turkey and Germany.

H&M Group is collaborating with Bangladesh Denim Expo for the forthcoming 11th edition of the event and a number of guest speakers will be present from the company, including Pierre Borjesson, head of sustainability, global production. Other guest speakers include Andrew Olah, the founder of Kingpins Denim show, Alice Tonello, R&D director with the Tonello Group, world renowned denim designer, Piero Turk and Jordi Juani, Asia regional director with Jeanologia.

Through a series of product displays, presentations, seminar sessions & panel discussions, the Expo will encourage healthy debate and interaction among exhibitors and visitors to champion a more responsible denim industry. One of these, of course, is sustainability and within this sits the issue of responsibility – an overriding theme of this year’s event. Denim manufacture faces huge challenges with regards its social and environmental responsibility, with production techniques having potentially far-reaching ramifications for the environment as well as people involved in the production process.

However, the industry and its supply chain are making impressive progress on these issues with Bangladesh – now the world’s largest producer of denim – leading the way in terms of addressing some of the sustainability challenges relating to denim production, including excessive use of water and chemicals. Mostafiz Uddin is the organiser of Bangladesh Denim Expo. Uddin has watched with interest the evolution of the denim industry, with each Expo marking continued and gradual progress being made by the more progressive players in the industry.

Uddin says: “The way that business and product development is conducted can have far reaching consequences on the environment, on the people that make the product and the product’s end use & life-span. “It is the duty of all stakeholders in the apparel industry to acknowledge this responsibility and to analyse our business practices, for the benefit of all.” Emphasising the theme of responsibility within Denim Expo is the fact that revenues from the expo support the running and presentation of the Sustainable Apparel Forum.

Sustainable Apparel Forum

The Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF) is the biggest annual sustainable apparel event in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) along with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) as co-organiser will jointly carry out the 2nd edition of the SAF on 5th Nov 2019.

This is the second edition of the Sustainable Apparel Forum, with the first-ever forum held in 2017 in Dhaka. The objective of this year’s forum is accelerating the momentum of sustainability in Bangladesh apparel industry.

The forum will see more than 50 speakers gathered from Bangladesh and overseas sharing expert opinions across five panel discussions covering current issues in the country’s apparel industry. These include human resources, transparency in business, water conservation, purchasing practices, sustainable chemical management, waste management, circular economy in textiles and climate change to name a few.

Additionally, the conference will host several knowledge building technical presentations from renowned organisations which will cover different issues relating to sustainability, including waste management, protection of the environment and better working conditions.

Speakers at the show include Md. Shahriar Alam, MP, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh, H. E. Benoit Préfonatine High Commissioner, High Commission of Canada, Bangladesh, and Dr. Rubana Huq President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association, Sheikh Fazle Fahim, President, Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Pierre Börjesson, Head of Sustainability – Global Production, H&M Group, Tuomo Poutiainen, Country Director, International Labor Organization, Peter McCallister, Executive Director, Ethical Trading Initiative and H.E. Winnie Estrup Petersen Ambassador, Embassy of Denmark, Bangladesh.

Prior to this year’s conference, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh and the Sweden Embassy in Bangladesh will also co-host two roundtable discussion in collaboration with BAE and in association with BGMEA on 4 November, 2019, while H&M, Better Work Bangladesh and C&A Foundation are partners in the event.
The conference will be followed by showcasing different innovative, sustainable & best work practices in RMG manufacturing factories in Bangladesh. Following the discussions, a series of recommendations will be made, and a Sustainability Roadmap for the Bangladesh apparel industry will be formulated.

This year’s SAF promises to be the biggest yet. Added by Mr Mostafiz Uddin in the recent press briefing for the event: “The title for this year’s Sustainable Apparel Forum is enabling sustainability through policy and leadership. The time for talking on sustainability issues is over. It is now time for actions. That’s why the focus of this year’s show is on practical, pragmatic actions the textile industry can adopt to improve its environmental footprint.”

18.04.2019

AZL and Partner Institutes present lightweight processes and equipment during AZL Open Day

On April 11th, 2019, the 9 Partner Institutes of the AZL opened the doors of their machinery halls and research labs to provide an extensive and on-site insight into the research and development capaci-ties in the field of lightweight production and composites at the RWTH Aachen Campus. As a special highlight of this year, the AZL presented the "iComposite 4.0" self-optimizing process chain: fiber-spraying - dry fiber placement - adaptive RTM as well as AZL´s new prototype machine development "Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine" for highly productive and flexible processing of thermoplastic tapes with in-situ consolidation (winner of the JEC World Innovation Award 2019).

More than 100 Participants from external companies as well as from the AZL Network had the possibility to experience updates on the latest lightweight production technologies and equipment, get to know the bene-fital infrastructure on the Campus and network with internationally represented companies of the entire light-weight value chain researches by taking part in five guided tours to the lightweight institutes.

On April 11th, 2019, the 9 Partner Institutes of the AZL opened the doors of their machinery halls and research labs to provide an extensive and on-site insight into the research and development capaci-ties in the field of lightweight production and composites at the RWTH Aachen Campus. As a special highlight of this year, the AZL presented the "iComposite 4.0" self-optimizing process chain: fiber-spraying - dry fiber placement - adaptive RTM as well as AZL´s new prototype machine development "Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine" for highly productive and flexible processing of thermoplastic tapes with in-situ consolidation (winner of the JEC World Innovation Award 2019).

More than 100 Participants from external companies as well as from the AZL Network had the possibility to experience updates on the latest lightweight production technologies and equipment, get to know the bene-fital infrastructure on the Campus and network with internationally represented companies of the entire light-weight value chain researches by taking part in five guided tours to the lightweight institutes.

The AZL brought together content in the field of textiles (ITA), plastics and composite materials (IKV), pro-duction technology (WZL, IPT, ILT, and ISF), quality assurance and production-integrated measurement technology (WZL), lightweight design (SLA), automotive production (IKA) as well as multi-material systems and process integration (AZL).

Once a year at the Open Day, the AZL offers an exclusive and widespread unique insight into the R&D capacities of the institutes in the field of lightweight and composite technologies on the campus of RWTH Aachen University. Within walking distance, researchers and students from 9 institutes are working on the latest technologies for the cost-efficient development and production of lightweight components within one of the largest research landscapes in Europe. The research, closely involving industrial companies, covers the entire value chain from fiber production, materials and processing technology to quality assurance and com-ponent testing.

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18.04.2019

AZL und Partnerinstitute präsentieren Leichtbau-Prozesse und -Equipment beim AZL Open Day

Am 11. April 2019 öffneten die 9 Partnerinstitute des AZL die Türen ihrer Maschinenhallen und Forschungslabore, um vor Ort umfassende Einblicke in ihre Forschungs- und Entwicklungskapazitäten im Bereich Leichtbau-Produktion und Verbundwerkstoffen auf dem RWTH Aachen Campus zu bieten. Als besonderes Highlight dieses Jahr präsentierte das AZL die selbstoptimierende Prozesskette "i-Composite 4.0": Fasersprühen - Trockenfaserplatzierung - adaptives RTM sowie AZL´s neue Proto-typ-Maschinenentwicklung "Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine" für die hochproduktive und flexible Verarbeitung von thermoplastischen Bändern mit In-situ-Konsolidierung (Gewinner des JEC World Innovation Award 2019).

Mehr als 100 Teilnehmer aus externen Unternehmen sowie aus dem AZL-Netzwerk hatten die Möglichkeit, sich über die neuesten Technologien und Ausrüstungen der Leichtbau-Produktion zu informieren, die nutz-bringende Infrastruktur auf dem Campus kennenzulernen und sich mit international vertretenen Unterneh-men der gesamten Leichtbau-Wertschöpfungskette zu vernetzen, indem sie an fünf Führungen zu den Leichtbauminstituten teilnahmen.

Am 11. April 2019 öffneten die 9 Partnerinstitute des AZL die Türen ihrer Maschinenhallen und Forschungslabore, um vor Ort umfassende Einblicke in ihre Forschungs- und Entwicklungskapazitäten im Bereich Leichtbau-Produktion und Verbundwerkstoffen auf dem RWTH Aachen Campus zu bieten. Als besonderes Highlight dieses Jahr präsentierte das AZL die selbstoptimierende Prozesskette "i-Composite 4.0": Fasersprühen - Trockenfaserplatzierung - adaptives RTM sowie AZL´s neue Proto-typ-Maschinenentwicklung "Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine" für die hochproduktive und flexible Verarbeitung von thermoplastischen Bändern mit In-situ-Konsolidierung (Gewinner des JEC World Innovation Award 2019).

Mehr als 100 Teilnehmer aus externen Unternehmen sowie aus dem AZL-Netzwerk hatten die Möglichkeit, sich über die neuesten Technologien und Ausrüstungen der Leichtbau-Produktion zu informieren, die nutz-bringende Infrastruktur auf dem Campus kennenzulernen und sich mit international vertretenen Unterneh-men der gesamten Leichtbau-Wertschöpfungskette zu vernetzen, indem sie an fünf Führungen zu den Leichtbauminstituten teilnahmen.

Das AZL bündelte Inhalte im Bereich Textilien (ITA), Kunststoff- und Verbundstoffmaterialien (IKV), Produk-tionstechnologie (WZL, IPT, ILT und ISF), Qualitätssicherung und Produktions-integrierte Messtechnologie (WZL), Leichtbau-Design (SLA), Automobilproduktion (IKA) sowie Multi-Material-Systeme und Prozessin-tegration (AZL).

Einmal im Jahr bietet das AZL durch den Open Day einen exklusiven und in der Breite einmaligen Einblick in die F&E-Kapazitäten der Institute im Bereich Leichtbau und Composite Technologien auf dem Campus der RWTH Aachen. In fußläufiger Entfernung arbeiten auf einer der größten Forschungslandschaften Euro-pas Forscher und Studenten aus 9 Instituten an neuesten Technologien zur kosteneffizienten Entwicklung und Produktion von Leichtbauteilen. Die Forschung unter enger Einbeziehung von Industrieunternehmen deckt die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette von der Faserherstellung über die Werkstoff- und Verarbeitungs-technik bis zur Qualitätssicherung und die Komponentenerprobung ab.

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(c) AZL Aachen GmbH
29.03.2019

AZL, Winner of the JEC Innovation Award 2019, Category: “Industry & Equipment”

This year, AZL won the JEC AWARD 2019 for the development of the new machine system “Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine”. This innovative machine system is a result of an 18-months AZL Joint Partner Project, conducted in 2017-2018 by the research partners AZL Aachen and Fraunhofer IPT Aachen, in cooperation with industrial partner companies including Conbility, Covestro, Engel, Evonik, Fagor Arrasate, Faurecia SE, Laserline, Mitsui Chemicals, Mubea Carbo Tech, Philips Photonics, SSDT and Toyota (in alphabetical order).

This year, AZL won the JEC AWARD 2019 for the development of the new machine system “Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine”. This innovative machine system is a result of an 18-months AZL Joint Partner Project, conducted in 2017-2018 by the research partners AZL Aachen and Fraunhofer IPT Aachen, in cooperation with industrial partner companies including Conbility, Covestro, Engel, Evonik, Fagor Arrasate, Faurecia SE, Laserline, Mitsui Chemicals, Mubea Carbo Tech, Philips Photonics, SSDT and Toyota (in alphabetical order).

The new UItra-Fast Consolidator Machine offers both high flexibility and mass production of tailored thermoplastic laminates with reduced scrap. Fully consolidated multi-layer laminates with different fiber directions and minimized scrap (tailored blanks) can be produced in cycle times below 5 seconds with this new scalable machine setup. This individualized mass production is accomplished by a combination of laser-assisted tape placement with in-situ consolidation and a piece-flow principle, which is state of the art in the printing industry but has not been used in such a way within composite production. The achievable productivity is enhanced to more than 500 kg/hour by this piece-flow principle with carriers moved through multiple application stations which are equipped with multiple tape placement applicators. The new machine is scalable: multiple application stations can be added, e.g. for each layer one station for mass production or for each fiber direction one station with a carrier-conveyor carousel: here the carriers are moved multiple times through the application stations.

The system will be commercialized by some of the industrial partners in 2019. The real machine setup has been presented at the AZL booth during the JEC Exhibition in Paris 2019.

The follow-up project has just started and is still open to join for industrial partners. This follow-up project comprises a further upscale of the machine system as well as a preparation of the commercialization by long-term durability tests and further process optimizations using different tape materials.

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JEC AWARD Gewinner AZL zusammen mit einigen Projektpartnern bei der Preisverleihung auf der JEC in Paris (c) AZL Aachen GmbH
29.03.2019

AZL gewinnt JEC Innovation Award 2019, Kategorie: „Industry & Equipment“

Das AZL ist Gewinner des JEC AWARD 2019 in der Kategorie „Industry & Equipment“ für die neue Maschinen-Entwicklung "Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine“. Dieses innovative Maschinensystem ist das Ergebnis eines 18-monatigen AZL Joint Partner Projektes, das 2017-2018 von den Forschungspartnern AZL Aachen und Fraunhofer IPT Aachen in Zusammenarbeit mit industriellen Partnerunternehmen wie Conbility, Covestro, Engel, Evonik, Fagor Arrasate, Faurecia SE, Laserline, Mitsui Chemicals, Mubea Carbo Tech, Philips Photonics, SSDT und Toyota (in alphabetischer Reihenfolge) durchgeführt wurde.

Das AZL ist Gewinner des JEC AWARD 2019 in der Kategorie „Industry & Equipment“ für die neue Maschinen-Entwicklung "Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine“. Dieses innovative Maschinensystem ist das Ergebnis eines 18-monatigen AZL Joint Partner Projektes, das 2017-2018 von den Forschungspartnern AZL Aachen und Fraunhofer IPT Aachen in Zusammenarbeit mit industriellen Partnerunternehmen wie Conbility, Covestro, Engel, Evonik, Fagor Arrasate, Faurecia SE, Laserline, Mitsui Chemicals, Mubea Carbo Tech, Philips Photonics, SSDT und Toyota (in alphabetischer Reihenfolge) durchgeführt wurde.

Die neue UItra-Fast Consolidator Maschine ermöglicht sowohl hohe Flexibilität als auch die Massenproduktion von maßgeschneiderten thermoplastischen Laminaten mit reduziertem Ausschuss. Vollständig konsolidierte Mehrschichtlaminate mit unterschiedlichen Faserrichtungen und minimiertem Ausschuss (Tailored Blanks) können in Zykluszeiten unter 5 Sekunden hergestellt werden mit diesem einfach hoch skalierbaren Maschinenkonzept. Diese individualisierte Massenproduktion wird durch eine Kombination aus laserunterstütztem Tape Placement mit In-situ-Konsolidierung und einem Piece-Flow Prinzip erreicht, das in der Druckindustrie Stand der Technik ist, aber innerhalb der Composite Produktion noch nicht eingesetzt wurde.

Die erreichbare Produktivität ist durch dieses Prinzip auf über 500 kg/Stunde skalierbar, indem einzelne „Carrier“ durch mehrere Applikationsstationen bewegt werden, die wiederum mit mehreren Tapelege-Applikatoren ausgestattet sind. Die neue Maschine ist skalierbar: Mehrere Applikationsstationen können hinzugefügt werden, z.B. für jede Laminat-Schicht eine Station für die Massenproduktion oder für jede Faserrichtung eine Station mit einem Förder-Karussell: Hier werden die Carrier mehrfach durch die Applikationsstationen bewegt.

Die Kommerzialisierung des Systems durch einige der Industriepartner wird 2019 erfolgen. Der reale Maschinenaufbau wurde auf dem AZL-Stand der JEC Messe in Paris präsentiert.

Das „Follow-up“-Projekt hat begonnen und ist noch offen für die Aufnahme weiterer Industrie-Projektpartner. Im Rahmen dieses Follow-up Projektes werden insbesondere die Kommerzialisierung des Systems vorbereitet durch Langzeit-Tests sowie durch weitere Prozessoptimierungen mit unterschiedlichen Tape-Materialien.

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(c) AZL Aachen GmbH
04.03.2019

AZL demonstrates new Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine at JEC World in Paris

After many years of successful cooperation on JEC World since 2015, the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) renewed the cooperation with the JEC Group for 2019:

At the dedicated exhibition area called “Composites in Action - JEC Group in partnership with AZL” (Hall 5A, D17), AZL and its 9 Partner Institutes of RWTH Aachen University present their latest research and development results. The innovations covering the whole composite value chain including research results of AZL, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts as well as RWTH Aachen University institutes including the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), the Welding and Joining Institute (ISF), the “Institut für Textiltechnik” (ITA), the Institute for Automotive Engineering (IKA), the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Design (SLA). Following companies are sponsoring partners of this booth and will present their latest products and services: Hille Engineering, Maru Hachi, TELENE and Textechno.

After many years of successful cooperation on JEC World since 2015, the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) renewed the cooperation with the JEC Group for 2019:

At the dedicated exhibition area called “Composites in Action - JEC Group in partnership with AZL” (Hall 5A, D17), AZL and its 9 Partner Institutes of RWTH Aachen University present their latest research and development results. The innovations covering the whole composite value chain including research results of AZL, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts as well as RWTH Aachen University institutes including the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), the Welding and Joining Institute (ISF), the “Institut für Textiltechnik” (ITA), the Institute for Automotive Engineering (IKA), the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Design (SLA). Following companies are sponsoring partners of this booth and will present their latest products and services: Hille Engineering, Maru Hachi, TELENE and Textechno.

This year, AZL is very proud to present a new machine system development at their booth:
The real machine setup of the “Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine” will be shown at the AZL booth (Hall 5A, D17) which is one of three finalists for the JEC AWARD 2019 in the category “Industry and Equipment”.

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AZL Aachen GmbH

„Ultra-Fast Consolidator“ Maschinen System am AZL, Aachen (c) AZL Aachen
04.03.2019

AZL demonstriert Consolidator Maschine auf der JEC World in Paris

Nach langjähriger erfolgreicher Zusammenarbeit mit der JEC World, seit 2015, hat das Aachener Zentrum für Integrative Leichtbau-Produktion (AZL) die Zusammenarbeit mit der JEC-Gruppe für 2019 verlängert:

Nach langjähriger erfolgreicher Zusammenarbeit mit der JEC World, seit 2015, hat das Aachener Zentrum für Integrative Leichtbau-Produktion (AZL) die Zusammenarbeit mit der JEC-Gruppe für 2019 verlängert:

Auf dem eigenen Ausstellungsbereich "Composites in Action - JEC Group in Partnerschaft mit AZL" (Halle 5A, D17) präsentieren das AZL und seine 9 Partnerinstitute der RWTH Aachen ihre neuesten Forschungs- und Entwicklungsergebnisse. Die Innovationen decken die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette von Verbundwerkstoffen ab, darunter die Forschungsergebnisse des AZL, des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Produktionstechnologie IPT und des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Lasertechnik ILT, des Instituts für Kunststoffverarbeitung (IKV) in Industrie und Handwerk sowie der RWTH Aachener Universitätsinstitute einschließlich des Labors für Werkzeugmaschinen und Produktionstechnik (WZL), des Schweiß- und Fügeinstituts (ISF), des "Instituts für Textiltechnik" (ITA), des Instituts für Fahrzeugtechnik (IKA), des Instituts für Strukturmechanik und Leichtbau (SLA). Folgende Unternehmen sind Sponsoren dieses Standes und präsentieren ihre neuesten Produkte und Dienstleistungen:
Hille Engineering, Maru Hachi, TELENE und Textechno.

In diesem Jahr präsentiert das AZL eine neue Maschinen-Entwicklung auf dem AZL-Messestand (Halle 5A, D17): die "Ultra-Fast Consolidator“ Maschine, welche eine von drei Finalisten für den JEC AWARD 2019 in der Kategorie "Industry and Equipment" ist.

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AZL Aachen

Bushing heated via induction of the novel glass fibre production line (c) ITA
Bushing heated via induction of the novel glass fibre production line
21.02.2019

ITA at JEC World 2019: newly constructed induction heated glass fibre production line among other exhibits

At the joint stand of the Aachen Centre for Integrative Lightweight Construction (AZL) in Hall 5A, booth D17, the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA) will demonstrate its expertise in the field of glass fibres, preforms and textile concrete 12-14 March 2019 in Paris.
The exhibits come from various fields of application and address the automotive, aerospace and mechanical engineering sectors.

At the joint stand of the Aachen Centre for Integrative Lightweight Construction (AZL) in Hall 5A, booth D17, the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA) will demonstrate its expertise in the field of glass fibres, preforms and textile concrete 12-14 March 2019 in Paris.
The exhibits come from various fields of application and address the automotive, aerospace and mechanical engineering sectors.

  1. Innovative glass fibre research at ITA
    The newly constructed induction heated glass fibre production line enables increased flexibility in research. For the first time, glass fibres will be produced live at the ITA booth at JEC World. One of the innovations of the system is the inductively heated bushing. It features a flexible design and consists of a platinum/rhodium alloy (Pt/Rh20) for use in high-temperature glasses.
    The glass fibre production line was designed in such a way that new concepts and ideas can be tested quickly. The modular design allows a high flexibility, the induction system a significantly faster operability.
    Research and development projects can therefore be carried out faster and more cost-effectively.
     
  2. DrapeCube - Forming of textile semi-finished products
    The DrapeCube offers a cost-effective design for the production of fibre preforms from textile semi-finished products. It is used in the production of preforms for prototypes and in small series and is suit-able for companies active in the production of fibre-reinforced plas-tics (FRP).
    In the production of FRP components, the preforming process de-fines a large part of the subsequent component costs. In small- and medium-sized enterprises, this process step is often still carried out manually. This results in high quality fluctuations and component prices. Especially in the case of highly stressed structural components, the fluctuation in quality leads to oversizing of the components.
    Thus, the lightweight construction potential of fiber-reinforced plastics is underused. One solution is offered by the stamp forming process adapted from the sheet metal forming industry for shaping rein-forcing textiles. The textile is inserted between two mould halves (male and female) and automatically formed. Due to high plant and tooling costs, this process is used almost exclusively in large-scale production.
    The ITA has developed the DrapeCube forming station which offers a cost-effective alternative and is able to completely reproduce the current state of the art for forming textile half branches. The process steps will be demonstrated in a video at the booth.
     
  3. Carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) preform
    The CFRP preform consists of carbon multiaxial fabrics formed by expanded polystyrene (EPS) to optimise draping quality. Preforms of increased quality can be produced by gentle, textile-compatible forming with foam expansion. For the first time, foam expansion was used to form preforms in such a way that the draping quality is improved compared to classic stamp forming.
    The advantages of the CFRP preform lie in the savings in plant costs, as the investment is much lower. In addition, the proportion of waste is reduced because near-net-shape production is possible. In addition, rejects are reduced, as fewer faults occur in the textile.
     
  4. Embroidered preform with integrated metal insert
    The 12k carbon fibre rovings are shaped into a preform using Tai-lored Fibre Placement (TFP) which is a technical embroidery pro-cess. For the further layer build-up, a fastener is not only integrated under the roving layers but also fixed by additional loops. The highly integrative preforming approach offers the possibility of reducing weight and process steps as well as increasing mechanical perfor-mance.
    Until now, inserts were glued or holes had to be drilled in the com-ponent. Bonded fasteners are limited by the adhesive surface. The bonding of fasteners into drilled holes results in high drill abrasion and thus high tool wear.
    The advantages of the embroidered preform with integrated metal fasteners are the reduction of scrap due to TFP preforming and the increase in the specific pull-out force. In addition, it is possible to automatize the production of integrative preforms. This makes the preform with integrated metal fasteners interesting for the automotive and aerospace industries.
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Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University

Tape Placement Applikator “PrePro 3D” im Technikum von AIMEN in Spanien. (c) Conbility GmbH
Tape Placement Applikator “PrePro 3D” im Technikum von AIMEN in Spanien.
11.01.2019

Neuer Conbility-Kunde für Produktionssysteme in Spanien

  • Tape Placement-Applikator "PrePro 3D" erfolgreich installiert

Im Oktober 2018 lieferte Conbility den modularen Klebeband-Applikator "PrePro 3D" innerhalb einer Lieferzeit von 4 Monaten an das Technologiezentrum AIMEN in O Porriño, Spanien.

Das Alleinstellungsmerkmal des PrePro 3D-Systems ist sein multifunktionaler Einsatzbereich: Es ermöglicht die lasergestützte thermoplastische Bandplatzierung, die IR-gestützte duroplastische Prepregplatzierung und die Trockenfaserplatzierung: Drei Technologien in einem einzigen modularen System.

Der JEC-prämierte "PrePro 3D" Bandplatzierungs- und Wickelapplikator ist als modulares Werkzeug mit dezentraler Steuerung und HMI (inkl. Regelung der Energiezufuhr in die Verarbeitungszone) für die "Plug-in"-Implementierung in bestehende Robotersysteme oder Maschinensysteme über Standardschnittstellen zur Kommunikation mit der übergeordneten Steuerung erhältlich. Conbility liefert sowohl den einzelnen Applikator als auch schlüsselfertige Systeme einschließlich Roboter und Handhabungssysteme.

  • Tape Placement-Applikator "PrePro 3D" erfolgreich installiert

Im Oktober 2018 lieferte Conbility den modularen Klebeband-Applikator "PrePro 3D" innerhalb einer Lieferzeit von 4 Monaten an das Technologiezentrum AIMEN in O Porriño, Spanien.

Das Alleinstellungsmerkmal des PrePro 3D-Systems ist sein multifunktionaler Einsatzbereich: Es ermöglicht die lasergestützte thermoplastische Bandplatzierung, die IR-gestützte duroplastische Prepregplatzierung und die Trockenfaserplatzierung: Drei Technologien in einem einzigen modularen System.

Der JEC-prämierte "PrePro 3D" Bandplatzierungs- und Wickelapplikator ist als modulares Werkzeug mit dezentraler Steuerung und HMI (inkl. Regelung der Energiezufuhr in die Verarbeitungszone) für die "Plug-in"-Implementierung in bestehende Robotersysteme oder Maschinensysteme über Standardschnittstellen zur Kommunikation mit der übergeordneten Steuerung erhältlich. Conbility liefert sowohl den einzelnen Applikator als auch schlüsselfertige Systeme einschließlich Roboter und Handhabungssysteme.

Der PrePro 3D-Kopf basiert auf 25 Jahren Entwicklungsarbeit am Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie (IPT) zur lasergestützten Bandverarbeitung mit In-situ-Konsolidierung.
Seit Januar 2018 ist Conbility Vertragspartner des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Produktionstechnologie, IPT, für die Vermarktung und Weiterentwicklung der Bandanlagen "PrePro 2D" und "PrePro 3D".

Flexible Preisgestaltung für Conbility´s Prozesskalkulationssoftware OPLYSIS
Die Prozesskostenrechnung für die intuitive Prozesskettenmodellierung und Kostenbewertung per Drag-and-Drop ist ab sofort in drei Preismodellen ab 95 € pro Monat und Anwender verfügbar. Derzeit hat Conbility mit der Entwicklung einer Echtzeit-Prozessmodellierung und -Überwachung begonnen, z.B. für den Plan-Ist-Kostenvergleich und die Gesamtproduktivitätsanalyse. Darüber hinaus unterstützen die Produktions- und Kostenexperten von Conbility vor Ort z.B. bei der Bewertung und Optimierung von Technologie und Produktionsstandorten, der Prozesskostenanalyse sowie bei der Datenerfassung und -auswertung.

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AZL Aachen GmbH

Concrete bar stool with hybrid carbon reinforcement for fast, cost-efficient part production (c) Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University
29.10.2018

ITA at the Composites Europe 2018 in Stuttgart

At the Composites Europe in Stuttgart /06 - 08 November 2018), the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, short ITA, will be showing products, components and machines along the fibre composite process chain. The ITA will present itself at the booth of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Construction (AZL) in hall 9, booth E70. Various demonstrators will be used to present selected innovative processes and products over the individual steps. The exhibits come from different fields of application: From mobility applications to the construction sector. Here is an example from the field of "construction composites":

With the concrete bar stool with hybrid carbon reinforcement, the ITA demonstrates that textiles as reinforcement structures for concrete elements allow a enormous geometrical freedom of Design. So far, manual positioning of the textile reinforcement used to be time-consuming and complex, as permitted tolerances are in the millimetre range. Thus the production mainly contributed to the high costs of textile concrete.

At the Composites Europe in Stuttgart /06 - 08 November 2018), the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, short ITA, will be showing products, components and machines along the fibre composite process chain. The ITA will present itself at the booth of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Construction (AZL) in hall 9, booth E70. Various demonstrators will be used to present selected innovative processes and products over the individual steps. The exhibits come from different fields of application: From mobility applications to the construction sector. Here is an example from the field of "construction composites":

With the concrete bar stool with hybrid carbon reinforcement, the ITA demonstrates that textiles as reinforcement structures for concrete elements allow a enormous geometrical freedom of Design. So far, manual positioning of the textile reinforcement used to be time-consuming and complex, as permitted tolerances are in the millimetre range. Thus the production mainly contributed to the high costs of textile concrete.

At the ITA, the two industrial partners Albani Group GmbH & Co. KG and DuraPact 2.0 Kompetenzzentrum Faserbeton GmbH developed a new hybrid reinforcement with integrated spacer. This hybrid reinforcement reduces the time required to position the reinforcement by up to 60 percent and thus makes the material significantly more

The new, cost-effective hybrid reinforcement contains an integrated spacer and thus faciliates the positioning of dry and coated reinforcements. The integrated spacer allows several layers of reinforcement to be stacked quickly, allowing the desired degree of reinforcement to be set. The hybrid reinforcement consists of a carbon or glass fibre grid joined with a permeable polyamide mat and will be available in roll form from industrial partners in the near future.

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Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University

Barhocker aus Beton mit hybrider Carbon-Bewehrung zur schnellen, kosteneffizienten Positionierung der Textilbewehrung (c) Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University
29.10.2018

ITA auf der Composites Europe 2018 in Stuttgart

Das Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University, kurz ITA, zeigt auf der Composites Europe in Stuttgart vom 06.-08. November Produkte, Bauteile und Maschinen entlang der Faserverbundprozesskette. Das ITA präsentiert sich auf dem Stand des Aachener Zentrums für integrativen Leichtbau (AZL) in Halle 9, Stand E70. Anhand verschiedener Demonstratoren werden ausgewählte innovative Prozesse und Produkte über die einzelnen Schritte hin dargestellt. Die Exponate stammen aus unterschiedlichen Anwendungsfeldern: Von Mobilitätsanwendungen bis hin zur Baubranche. Anbei ein Beispiel aus dem Baubereich:

Durch den Barhocker aus Beton mit hybrider Carbon-Textilbewehrung beweist das ITA, dass Textilbetonelemente eine enorme geometrische Gestaltungsfreiheit ermöglichen und gleichzeitig einfach herstellbar sind. Bislang war die manuelle Positionierung der Textilbewehrung zeitaufwändig und komplex, da zulässige Toleranzen im Millimeterbereich liegen. So trug die Fertigung hauptsächlich zu den hohen Kosten von Textilbeton bei.

Das Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University, kurz ITA, zeigt auf der Composites Europe in Stuttgart vom 06.-08. November Produkte, Bauteile und Maschinen entlang der Faserverbundprozesskette. Das ITA präsentiert sich auf dem Stand des Aachener Zentrums für integrativen Leichtbau (AZL) in Halle 9, Stand E70. Anhand verschiedener Demonstratoren werden ausgewählte innovative Prozesse und Produkte über die einzelnen Schritte hin dargestellt. Die Exponate stammen aus unterschiedlichen Anwendungsfeldern: Von Mobilitätsanwendungen bis hin zur Baubranche. Anbei ein Beispiel aus dem Baubereich:

Durch den Barhocker aus Beton mit hybrider Carbon-Textilbewehrung beweist das ITA, dass Textilbetonelemente eine enorme geometrische Gestaltungsfreiheit ermöglichen und gleichzeitig einfach herstellbar sind. Bislang war die manuelle Positionierung der Textilbewehrung zeitaufwändig und komplex, da zulässige Toleranzen im Millimeterbereich liegen. So trug die Fertigung hauptsächlich zu den hohen Kosten von Textilbeton bei.

Am ITA wurde gemeinsam mit den beiden Industriepartnern Albani Group GmbH & Co. KG und DuraPact 2.0 Kompetenzzentrum Faserbeton GmbH eine neue Hybridbewehrung mit integriertem Ab-standshalter entwickelt. Diese Hybridbewehrung senkt die erforderliche Zeit zur Positionierung der Bewehrung um bis zu 60 Prozent und macht den Werkstoff damit deutlich wettbewerbsfähiger.

Die kostengünstige, hybride Bewehrung enthält einen integrierten Abstandshalter und ermöglicht damit die einfache Positionierung von trockenen und beschichteten Bewehrungen. Durch den integrierten Abstandhalter lassen sich schnell mehrere Bewehrungslagen stapeln, wodurch der gewünschte Bewehrungsgrad einstellbar ist. Die Hybridbewehrung besteht aus einem Carbon- oder Glasfasergitter, das mit einer durchlässigen Matte aus Polyamid gefügt ist und in naher Zukunft bei den Industriepartnern als Rollenware erhältlich ist.

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Composites AZL
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Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University

03.09.2018

New ENGEL Injection Molding System at AZL of RWTH Aachen University

The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University is installing a new ENGEL injection molding system in its technical center. Engel Deutschland GmbH – in cooperation with the ENGEL Centre for Lightweight Composite Technologies in Austria – will install the 2-component injection molding system with turning plate and 17,000 kN clamping force in 2019. This machine setup is the basis for further developments of efficient inline-combination technologies using different kinds of polymer performance materials.

The ENGEL injection molding system will enable innovative combinations of already established fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) processes and the development of new individual processes. The focus is on increasing resource efficiency in lightweight production. With the new equipment, new research and development initiatives can explore the more efficient use of materials, which are eventually the key to the mass production of lightweight components. The research will address multi-material systems, continuous processes, process chains as well as self-optimizing processes.

The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University is installing a new ENGEL injection molding system in its technical center. Engel Deutschland GmbH – in cooperation with the ENGEL Centre for Lightweight Composite Technologies in Austria – will install the 2-component injection molding system with turning plate and 17,000 kN clamping force in 2019. This machine setup is the basis for further developments of efficient inline-combination technologies using different kinds of polymer performance materials.

The ENGEL injection molding system will enable innovative combinations of already established fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) processes and the development of new individual processes. The focus is on increasing resource efficiency in lightweight production. With the new equipment, new research and development initiatives can explore the more efficient use of materials, which are eventually the key to the mass production of lightweight components. The research will address multi-material systems, continuous processes, process chains as well as self-optimizing processes.

Dr.-Ing. Michael Emonts, Managing Director of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) is looking forward to realizing new innovative lightweight production process with the new injection molding system: “This new injection molding system offers us as specialists for lightweight production technology in cooperation with the injection molding experts of the Institute of Plastics Processing – the IKV – the opportunity to establish hybrid processes for industrial lightweight applications. The system will expand our existing machinery in the AZL Technical Center and will be available as an important platform for lightweight production research at RWTH Aachen University.”

Being a Partner of the AZL, ENGEL has already been working closely with the AZL for many years as a Partner Company of the AZL Partner Network. Dr. Stefan Engleder, CEO of the ENGEL Group, emphasizes the importance of close collaboration with technical universities and especially with the AZL: “The AZL provides great conditions for industry-related research activities in the field of lightweight composites as it is characterized by a strong interdisciplinary approach. It benefits from the great infrastructure and the collaboration with well-known institutes of the RTWH Aachen University. ENGEL is looking forward to working together with the AZL on developing efficient lightweight composite mass production processes.”

In addition to the numerous composite and lightweight equipment at the RWTH Aachen Campus, the AZL Technical Center comprises large-scale equipment for the development of processes for lightweight production, such as a composite press from Schuler Pressen GmbH with 18,000 kN clamping force.

 

(c) ENGEL AUSTRIA GmbH: (l. to r.) Dr. Norbert Müller (Leiter des ENGEL Technologiezentrums für Leichtbau-Composites), Dr. Michael Emonts (Geschäftsführer des Aachener Zentrums für integrativen Leichtbau (AZL) der RWTH Aachen), Rolf Saß (Geschäftsführer der ENGEL Deutschland GmbH) und Dr. Christoph Steger (Geschäftsführer Vertrieb der ENGEL Holding).
03.09.2018

ENGEL installiert neues Spritzgießsystem im AZL der RWTH Aachen

Das Aachener Zentrum für Integrative Leichtbau (AZL) der RWTH Aachen installiert in seinem Technikum eine neue ENGEL-Spritzgießanlage. Die ENGEL Deutschland GmbH, in Kooperation mit dem ENGEL Technologiezentrum für Leichtbau-Composites in Österreich, wird das 2-Komponenten-Spritzgieß-System mit Drehtisch und 17.000 kN Schließkraft im Jahr 2019 in Betrieb nehmen. Dieser Maschinenaufbau ist die Basis für die Weiterentwicklung effizienter Inline-Kombinations-Technologien mit unterschiedlichen Polymerwerkstoffen.

Das ENGEL-Spritzgießsystem ermöglicht die innovative Kombination bereits etablierter Faserverbundkunststoff-Verfahren und die Entwicklung neuer individueller Verfahren. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Steigerung der Ressourceneffizienz in der Leichtbau-Produktion. Mit der neuen Anlage können neue Forschungs- und Entwicklungsinitiativen einen effizienteren Materialeinsatz adressieren, der letztlich der Schlüssel zur Massenproduktion von Leichtbauteilen ist. Der Fokus wird dabei auf Multimaterialsystemen, kontinuierlichen Prozessen und Prozessketten sowie selbstoptimierenden Prozesse liegen.

Das Aachener Zentrum für Integrative Leichtbau (AZL) der RWTH Aachen installiert in seinem Technikum eine neue ENGEL-Spritzgießanlage. Die ENGEL Deutschland GmbH, in Kooperation mit dem ENGEL Technologiezentrum für Leichtbau-Composites in Österreich, wird das 2-Komponenten-Spritzgieß-System mit Drehtisch und 17.000 kN Schließkraft im Jahr 2019 in Betrieb nehmen. Dieser Maschinenaufbau ist die Basis für die Weiterentwicklung effizienter Inline-Kombinations-Technologien mit unterschiedlichen Polymerwerkstoffen.

Das ENGEL-Spritzgießsystem ermöglicht die innovative Kombination bereits etablierter Faserverbundkunststoff-Verfahren und die Entwicklung neuer individueller Verfahren. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Steigerung der Ressourceneffizienz in der Leichtbau-Produktion. Mit der neuen Anlage können neue Forschungs- und Entwicklungsinitiativen einen effizienteren Materialeinsatz adressieren, der letztlich der Schlüssel zur Massenproduktion von Leichtbauteilen ist. Der Fokus wird dabei auf Multimaterialsystemen, kontinuierlichen Prozessen und Prozessketten sowie selbstoptimierenden Prozesse liegen.

Dr.-Ing. Michael Emonts, Geschäftsführer des Aachener Zentrums für integrativen Leichtbau (AZL) freut sich darauf, mit dem neuen Spritzgießsystem neue innovative Leichtbauverfahren zu realisieren: „Diese neue Spritzgießanlage bietet uns als Spezialisten für die Leichtbau-Produktionstechnik in Kooperation mit den Spritzgießexperten des Instituts für Kunststoffverarbeitung – dem IKV – die Möglichkeit, Hybridverfahren für industrielle Leichtbau-Anwendungen zu etablieren. Das System wird unseren bestehenden Maschinenpark im AZL-Technikum erweitern und als wichtige Plattform für die Leichtbau-Forschung an der RWTH zur Verfügung stehen."

Als aktive Partnerfirma des AZL-Partnernetzwerks arbeitet ENGEL bereits seit vielen Jahren eng mit dem AZL zusammen. Dr. Stefan Engleder, CEO der ENGEL-Gruppe, betont die Bedeutung dieser engen Zusammenarbeit mit den Technischen Universitäten und insbesondere mit dem AZL: „Das AZL bietet beste Voraussetzungen für industrienahe Forschungsaktivitäten im Bereich Leichtbau-Verbundwerkstoffe, da es sich durch einen starken interdisziplinären Ansatz auszeichnet. Das AZL profitiert von der guten Infrastruktur und der Zusammenarbeit mit namhaften Instituten der RTWH Aachen. ENGEL freut sich auf die Zusammenarbeit mit dem AZL bei der Entwicklung effizienter Leichtbau-Verbundwerkstoff-Massenproduktionsverfahren.“

Das AZL-Technikum umfasst neben den zahlreichen Faserverbund- und Leichtbauanlagen auf dem Campus der RWTH Aachen zusätzliches Großserien-Equipment für die Entwicklung von Verfahren zur Leichtbau-Produktion, wie zum Beispiel eine Composite-Presse der Schuler Pressen GmbH mit 18.000 kN Schließkraft.

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AZL Aachen GmbH

PrePro2D "PrePro 2D“ machine system for tape placement of tailored blanks and laminates with in-situ consolidation. (c) Fraunhofer IPT.
PrePro2D
16.02.2018

Commercialization of Fraunhofer´s tape-placement and tape winding systems

The two AZL Partners Conbility GmbH and Fraunhofer IPT, Aachen started their long-term cooperation for the further development and for the commercialization of Fraunhofer´s tape-placement and tape winding systems with in-situ-consolidation by the usage of laser or IR heat sources.

With this cooperation, the company Conbility GmbH makes 25 years of expertise in special machine development of tape placement systems of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT commercially available. Conbility offers two different tape processing systems available in different configurations.

The two AZL Partners Conbility GmbH and Fraunhofer IPT, Aachen started their long-term cooperation for the further development and for the commercialization of Fraunhofer´s tape-placement and tape winding systems with in-situ-consolidation by the usage of laser or IR heat sources.

With this cooperation, the company Conbility GmbH makes 25 years of expertise in special machine development of tape placement systems of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT commercially available. Conbility offers two different tape processing systems available in different configurations.

The “PrePro 2D” machine system allows for the automated tailored tape placement of UD laminates and which can be used for subsequent thermoforming or as stiffening structures in injection molding processes. The machine comprises a rotating and translational table which is moved relatively to the applicator station. The table is scalable according to the requirements of customers. Standard table diameters are 1200 mm or 2000 mm. The applicator station can be equipped with a single or with multiple spool applicators. Because of the large process area, a 9 kW IR heater is used for the in-situ-consolidation process.  
Three in one: Three technologies included in one single modular system
Furthermore, the award-winning “PrePro 3D” tape placement and winding applicator is available as modular product with decentral control system (including closed-loop control of energy input into the processing zone) for the “plug-in” implementation in existing robot systems or machine systems by standard interfaces for the communication with the master control system. Conbility provides the single applicator as well as turn-key ready systems including the robot and handling systems.

Unique selling point of the PrePro 3D system is its multifunctional range of usage: it accomplishes laser-assisted thermoplastic tape placement, IR-assisted thermoset prepreg placement and dry fiber placement: Three technologies included in one single modular system.  

During the JEC World in Paris (March 6th – 8th 2018), Conbility GmbH will present its new “VCSEL Tape Placement and Winding Applicator” (Fig. 3), developed in cooperation with Fraunhofer IPT and Philips Photonics at the AZL Composites in Action area (Hall 5A, C55).

VCSEL Laser Systems as heat source for lower investment and process costs
This applicator uses an integrated VCSEL Laser System as heat source which has been developed by Philips Photonics. This tape placement and winding applicator can also be integrated as modular “plug-in” system into industrial jointed-arm and linear gantry robots in variable manufacturing cells. Using the new VCSEL Laser as heat source (VCSEL: Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) leads to significant lower investment and process cost in comparison to other laser systems. Furthermore, the VCSEL laser system can accomplish controllable in-process adjustments of the laser-spot geometry as well as the intensity distribution within the spot size during the process (in-process control of laser-spot geometries and intensities) for the first time. The new system with 2 kW laser power and 10 separate emission zones which can be controlled separately will be shown at JEC World in Paris 2018 as new product of Conbility GmbH.

27.11.2017

AZL is building on the success of the study on Composites in Buildings & Infrastructure

The AZL will continue its collaboration on composites in buildings and infrastructure after completing an initial market and technology study which identified new potentials for composite technologies in buildings and infrastructure markets. The aim of the new AZL Workgroup which will meet for the first time on January 25th, 2018 is to jointly develop new applications and to support the business development for composites in these two growing markets. The meeting is open to interested companies from the composite industry as well as the building and infrastructure markets.


The aim of the initial workgroup meeting will be to turn insights from the study into a long-term workgroup collaboration and to define topics and initiatives for the joint cooperation in the field of process and manufacturing technologies, fire safety regulations, materials as well as standards and norms. Industrial keynote presentations will introduce these action fields and will provide an insight into building and infrastructure applications for composites. The meeting will furthermore provide a platform to network with companies along the entire composite value chain.

The AZL will continue its collaboration on composites in buildings and infrastructure after completing an initial market and technology study which identified new potentials for composite technologies in buildings and infrastructure markets. The aim of the new AZL Workgroup which will meet for the first time on January 25th, 2018 is to jointly develop new applications and to support the business development for composites in these two growing markets. The meeting is open to interested companies from the composite industry as well as the building and infrastructure markets.


The aim of the initial workgroup meeting will be to turn insights from the study into a long-term workgroup collaboration and to define topics and initiatives for the joint cooperation in the field of process and manufacturing technologies, fire safety regulations, materials as well as standards and norms. Industrial keynote presentations will introduce these action fields and will provide an insight into building and infrastructure applications for composites. The meeting will furthermore provide a platform to network with companies along the entire composite value chain.


Dr. Amer Affan, CEO and founder of AFFAN Innovative Structures based in Dubai is in charge of various composite projects for buildings such as the Museum of the Future in Dubai: “We have been utilizing structural composites in construction since 2010. Composites is a truly high-tech material compared with the traditional building materials (steel, concrete, timber and aluminum) but it is still to be recognized as such in the conservative and price-sensitive building industry. AZL, particularly its location at the RWTH Aachen University and its partner companies, offers a good platform to progress the use of composites in construction.”


AZL together with more than 25 companies just completed the Joint Market and Technology Study on “New Potentials for Composite Technologies in Buildings and Infrastructure” establishing a broad knowledge on business opportunities for composite technologies in these two growing markets. In a structured approach, the study determined the key segments as well as the technologies/applications with the highest market and technological potential. Analyses of 20 market segments, investigation of 438 applications, technology analyses of 25 highlight components and 11 detailed business cases were elaborated throughout the study. Additional to requirement analyses for materials and production technologies, new concepts for efficient profitable production technologies and cost engineering analysis were developed. With the workgroup, the AZL will take this initiative a step further with the aim to build a long-term cooperation platform for composites in buildings and infrastructure markets.


Justin Jin, CEO of the Korean company AXIA Materials participated in the study and is part of the AZL Partner Network: “As producer of large thermoplastic composite sheets and composite SIP (Structural Insulated Panel), we are eager to drive composites in B&I applications with the best efficient way. The AZL study on Buildings and Infrastructure provided us a great networking with key players in this business field and opportunities to strengthen our products with the key elements from partners. The study also gave us a proper market understanding including market size/volume in numbers to prove the value of this technology to building industry. We are looking forward to following up on these first insights and to realize applications with the AZL and its partners.”


Besides the networking options, the meeting will offer the opportunity to get an insight into the activities of the AZL Network consisting of nine research institutes at the RWTH Aachen Campus and more than 80 companies from 21 countries. During an optional guided tour, participants will visit selected institutes at the RWTH Aachen Campus. The meeting is open to all interested companies and free of charge.

More Information on Meeting and the Study
Information on AZL activities in the field of buildings and infrastructure:
www.azl-lightweight-production.com/composites-buildings-infrastructure
Details and registration to first Workgroup Meeting on January 25th, 2018:
http://www.azl-lightweight-production.com/termine/1st-workgroup-meeting-buildings-infrastructure

 

Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung AZL Aachen GmbH
Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung
09.05.2017

Konsortiale Markt- und Technologiestudie zu High-Performance-SMC offen für zusätzliche Partner

Im Juni 2017 startet die AZL Aachen GmbH in Kooperation mit dem Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung (IKV) in Industrie und Handwerk an der RWTH Aachen eine Konsortialstudie zu Hochleistungs-SMC. Ziel ist es, den Einsatz einer neuen Generation von SMC-Werkstoffen in der industriellen Anwendung voranzutreiben. Firmen entlang der gesamten SMC-Wertschöpfungskette sowie Firmen mit einem Interesse am SMC-Markt sind eingeladen, an der Studie teilzunehmen.

Im Juni 2017 startet die AZL Aachen GmbH in Kooperation mit dem Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung (IKV) in Industrie und Handwerk an der RWTH Aachen eine Konsortialstudie zu Hochleistungs-SMC. Ziel ist es, den Einsatz einer neuen Generation von SMC-Werkstoffen in der industriellen Anwendung voranzutreiben. Firmen entlang der gesamten SMC-Wertschöpfungskette sowie Firmen mit einem Interesse am SMC-Markt sind eingeladen, an der Studie teilzunehmen.


SMC (Sheet Molding Compound) ist seit Jahren die erste Wahl, um Metallkomponenten zu ersetzen. Um zusätzliche Gewichtseinsparungen sowie eine Reduktion der CO2-Emissionen zu erzielen, wird jedoch eine neue Generation von High-Performance-SMC (HP-SMC) notwendig, die aus kurzen oder kontinuierlichen faserverstärkten Systemen mit entweder Karbon- oder Glasfasern und speziellen Harzmassen besteht. Die SMC-Hochleistungsvariante zeichnet sich durch einen hohe Anzahl an Wechselwirkungen zwischen Material und Prozess aus, die Herausforderung und Chance zugleich sind.
Die konsortiale Markt- und Technologiestudie zu High-Performance SMC ( www.lightweight-production.com/go/hp-smc-study ) des AZL und IKV zielt darauf ab, das Verständnis dieser Wechselwirkungen zu weiten, indem detailliertes Wissen zu SMC-Anwendungen und -Technologie, zentralen Herausforderungen und technologischen Lösung zur Etablierung einer neuen SMC-Generation geboten wird. Dieses Wissen bietet die Basis, um Design-Richtlinien auszuarbeiten, zielgerichtete Entwicklung voranzutreiben und neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten zu eröffnen.

More information:
SMC, AZL, RWTH Aachen
Source:

AZL Aachen GmbH