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3/2/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

AZL launches joining technology department

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Aim is to realize cost-efficient and high-quality multi-material systems based on fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) to achieve outstanding lightweight properties.

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Aachener Zentrum für integrativen Leichtbau  (AZL), translated as the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production, resides on the Campus of RWTH Aachen University (Aachen, Germany) and includes nine research institutes. It has announced the launch of a new department for Joining Technology, as of the beginning of 2015.

CEO Dr. Michael Emonts explains the reason for the decision: “We and our partners see joining as an important enabling technology for the successful and sustainable realization of cost-efficient and high-quality multi-material systems based on fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) to achieve the full use of their outstanding lightweight properties. To emphasize this, AZL of RWTH Aachen University just founded the new Joining Technology department with Prof. Dr. Uwe Reisgen as its head of Department and Alexander Schiebahn as Chief Engineer. With this new department, we are happy to complete our full lightweight production service in material science and production technology which we offer to our customers."

The major aim of the new AZL department is the development of joining technologies that will fit to the material-specific properties of FRP-metal combinations, for example, on the one hand and the integration of these technologies in the process chain on the other hand. The joining of different materials with different properties or requirements represents a well-known challenge due to the eventual weakness in this specific area of a part. At the same time, this is exactly where the potential for advanced material properties at decreased costs lies. Prof. Dr. Uwe Reisgen, Head of the new Joining Technology department comments, “The integration of joining in the already outstanding existing interdisciplinary services provided by AZL will lead to an even stronger combination of product and process development, ultimately leading to technically and economically improved FRP and multi-material parts.”

During a workshop in January 2015, AZL discussed with its research and industrial partners relevant research topics in the field of joining. A workshop to follow up on this discussion will take place in June 2015.

AZL counts 54 industrial partners representing the entire lightweight production value chain from raw material producers, to molders, manufacturing equipment suppliers, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to OEMs, and from small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to large multinational corporations across the globe, including Germany, Mexico, China and Japan.

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