The Fiber Placement Center of SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV add Cevotec and Coriolis Composites as partners
Cevotec and Coriolis Composites will contribute their own fiber placement and automation technologies to the FPC facility, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.
The Fiber Placement Center (FPC, Meitingen, Germany) of SGL Carbon (Wiesbaden, Germany) and Fraunhofer IGCV (Augsburg, Germany), celebrated its one-year anniversary and announced two new partners, Cevotec (Taufkirchen bei München, Germany) and Coriolis Composites (Queven, France), at JEC World 2019.
Together with Cevotec, the plan is to set up a SAMBA Pro prepreg processing line in Meitingen by mid-2020, which is meant to complement the FPC's range of services with the new Fiber Patch placement process.
"The Fiber Patch placement process is particularly suitable for complex-shaped components while achieving short cycle times,” says Thorsten Gröne, managing director of Cevotec. “Through joint projects in the FPC, we will further develop our technology and create new applications together with our partners."
Coriolis has been represented indirectly at the FPC since its founding, with the robot-based Coriolis C1 fiber placement system. With the direct partnership of Coriolis, it is now intended to expand the FPC's machinery towards further automated production methods by means of a Coriolis Csolo system.
“Automation more and more turns into an essential part of the composites industry,” says Thomas Gahr of Coriolis Composites. “Particulary this is true for fiber placement processes. As partner of the FPC, we will contribute not only with our systems, but additionally with our sound expertise in robot-based fiber placement solutions."
With more than 500 square meters of lab space, the FPC enables customers to develop production concepts and demonstrate their feasibility by prototyping, SGL Carbon says. Additional partners include BA Composites, Compositence GmbH and the Technical University of Munich.
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