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Warden Schijve joins the AZL team (c) AZL
Dr. Michael Emonts, Warden Schijve, Philipp Fröhlig und Dr. Kai Fischer (von links nach rechts) im AZL Tech Center
02.11.2020

Warden Schijve joins the AZL team

Aachen - Warden Schijve, former Chief Scientist Composites at SABIC, recently joined the AZL engineering team in October. As Design Leader, he is further expanding the product and application development division of the service provider for business development and technology development in lightweight.

AZL Aachen GmbH supports companies along the entire value chain in implementing competitive lightweight technologies. "We develop component and production concepts for companies, including the analysis of costs and production-relevant KPIs. With our broad range of material and production technologies, we provide a comprehensive solution for the development and evaluation of products and identify the most suitable paths to implementation. Warden Schijve will use his many years of experience to support our partners in the efficient development, evaluation and implementation of component and production solutions through to market readiness," says Dr. Kai Fischer, Managing Partner of AZL Aachen GmbH.

Aachen - Warden Schijve, former Chief Scientist Composites at SABIC, recently joined the AZL engineering team in October. As Design Leader, he is further expanding the product and application development division of the service provider for business development and technology development in lightweight.

AZL Aachen GmbH supports companies along the entire value chain in implementing competitive lightweight technologies. "We develop component and production concepts for companies, including the analysis of costs and production-relevant KPIs. With our broad range of material and production technologies, we provide a comprehensive solution for the development and evaluation of products and identify the most suitable paths to implementation. Warden Schijve will use his many years of experience to support our partners in the efficient development, evaluation and implementation of component and production solutions through to market readiness," says Dr. Kai Fischer, Managing Partner of AZL Aachen GmbH.

From his 35 years in the composites industry with Fokker, DSM and SABIC, Warden Schijve brings a broad and deep expertise in structural design, plastics and composites, as well as processing technology.
Warden Schijve: “In my career I’ve always seen that it pays off to evaluate various different design concepts, which may use different materials or material combinations, to finally come to the most cost-competitive lightweight applications. Taking into account different manufacturing technologies right from the beginning can save a lot in later stages of component development. And this is what fascinates me about AZL and its eco-system: the available knowledge on a wide variation of process and production technologies, including cutting edge equipment, at both the AZL Tech Center, and the various institutes present in the total RWTH Aachen Campus.”

Dr. Michael Emonts, Managing Partner of AZL Aachen GmbH: "We are delighted that Warden Schijve, as a well-known face from the AZL community, will enrich us in developing lightweight applications, production systems and processes, identifying competitive technology optimizations through the analysis of markets and applications, and supporting our customers in the industrial implementation of the developed technologies."

Warden Schijve will also lead the project for a concept study for future battery casings based on composite-based multi-material systems. The AZL started the project in October together with 30 participating companies from the entire value chain to get an overview of existing component solutions, evaluate the advantages of a multi-material approach and develop a multi-material component design including a production concept for battery casings.

(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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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.