Composites manufacturing specialist Mikrosam (Prilep, Macedonia) reported on Aug. 1 that it has officially opened the Institute for Advanced Composites and Robotics (IACR) in Prilep. The 1,500m2/16,145-ft2 institute is located at equipped with a modern lab for testing of different control and automation systems, teaching rooms and an advanced laboratory with automated fiber placement machine, 6-axis filament winding machine with electronic tension control of the fibers, prepreg making equipment and two slit tape prepreg machines.
“The Institute at one place has all equipment and lines for technological trials. We have lines for production of prepreg (tow and slit-tape), and equipment for designing and manufacturing of composites structure using FW, ATL and AFP technologies. In the next period we are planning to obtain verification equipment, and with that equipment probably we will became a top research center in Europe in terms of equipment. So, today we mostly invest in creating of high-skilled staff, which together with the equipment that is available, can generates advanced technological development of our country” says Dragan Veljanoski, director of the IACR.
The opening ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic of Macedonia, H.E. Prof. Gjorge Ivanov PhD, as well as other worldwide partners, suppliers and customers of Mikrosam.