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6/26/2019 | 1 MINUTE READ

Cevotec’s Fiber Patch Placement wins Industry of the Future award

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The additive fiber layup technology enables automated production of complex fiber composites.

 

Cevotec additive layup automation

Source | Cevotec

 

Cevotec (Taufkirchen bei München, Germany) has been awarded a “Processes of the Future” award for its Fiber Patch Placement solution for automated production of complex composite parts. The award was presented at the Industry of the Future Challenge in Vernon, France, by representatives from SKF (Gothenburg, Sweden), Atos (Bezons, France) and ArianeGroup (Courcouronnes, France).

The 2019 Industry of the Future Challenge was set up to promote Industry 4.0 solutions that make future industrial production smarter and the materials used more sustainable, increasing the potential of tomorrow’s industrial facilities.

Cevotec additive layup process

Source | Cevotec

Cevotec’s Fiber Patch Placement solution is an additive fiber layup technology that enables the automated production of complex fiber composites, extending the industrial application of composite lightweight technology to more components. Cevotec worked closely with SKF and ArianeGroup to apply the technology to identified production challenges of the partners.

“Fiber composites offer great lightweight and functional potential but are increasingly difficult to process when part design or fiber architecture are complex. Today’s often manual processes limit industrial-scale composites application,” explains Thorsten Groene, managing director of Cevotec.

“Manufacturers urgently need smart automation solutions to improve cost efficiency, quality and yield of their composites production. ... Our production systems enable composite manufacturers to do exactly that: produce more with less, that is: save time and money.”

Key application areas for Fiber Patch Placement are multimaterial sandwich components, parts with complex geometries and tailored reinforcement patches. Time and cost savings for manufacturers, compared to as-is processes, typically range from 20-60%, according to Cevotec. The company says it is also currently involved in several development programs with aerospace composites manufacturers.

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