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AZL Aachen webinar: Tape integration into injection molding

AZL Aachen webinar: Tape integration into injection molding
AZL Aachen is hosting the third webinar in its Lightweight TechTalk series, titled, “Tape Integration Into Injection Molded Parts,” on Thursday, Aug. 13, 5:00 am-6:20 am EDT (11:00 am-12:20 pm CET).  

Roth Composite Machinery becomes AZL partner for winding technology study

Roth Composite Machinery becomes AZL partner for winding technology study
Roth Composites Machinery will support the joint study to evaluate potential composite technologies for composite pressure tanks.

AZL Aachen Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine

Conbility: Mass production of composite tape laminates
RWTH Aachen spin-off scales up production for low-cost, in-situ consolidated composites as inserts for lighter, cheaper injection-molded parts.

AZL Aachen iComposite 4.0 project

Digital thread vs. digital twin
Visualizing the difference between digital representations and data flows and understanding the applications that are changing composites manufacturing and business models.

Augmented reality system facilitates FRP component preforming

Augmented reality system facilitates FRP component preforming
The software makes exact alignment and position of materials directly visible on the component.

Bio-based hybrid tapes assessed for lightweight applications

Bio-based hybrid tapes assessed for lightweight applications
A project of AZL’s partner institute, ITA,  integrates flax fiber reinforcement with a PA11 resin matrix. Targeted end markets include automotive and wind energy. 

DLR Institute for Structures and Design development of Composites 4.0 automation

Composites 4.0: Digital transformation, adaptive production, new paradigms
An evolving landscape of automation, sensors and AI software is not an end, but a means to achieve the cost, quality, efficiency and agility required for future manufacturing.  

AZL, IKV launch SMC data bank and testing project

AZL, IKV launch SMC data bank and testing project
Researchers and partner companies aim to standardize the provision of engineering data for long fiber-reinforced sheet molding compounds (SMC).

automotive composites

The markets: Automotive (2020)
As the global auto industry hurtles toward its confrontation with US fuel economy and European Union (EU) emissions standards in 2017, the pressure built to find more radical solutions to lightweighting.

Research project reports potential for tape inserts in injection molding

Research project reports potential for tape inserts in injection molding
The research consortium, led by the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production and the Institute for Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University, will present its results at K 2019.

Research project claims CFRP part production at half cost, faster throughput

Research project claims CFRP part production at half cost, faster throughput
The iComposite 4.0 project, led by Schuler AG and its partners, has tested its new production process with carbon fiber-reinforced plastic automotive prototype parts.

JEC World 2019 AZL award machining composites

AZL production system wins JEC Innovation Award
AZL’s UItra-Fast Consolidator Machine, winner of the JEC Innovation Award 2019 for Industry/Equipment, will be the subject of further research into commercialization of the machine.

JEC World 2019 preview: AZL Aachen
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) is part of the Composites in Action display at JEC Group (5/D17) where it is featuring its Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine, which is one of three finalists for the JEC Award 2019 in the category of Industry and Equipment.

AZL OPTO-Light project for thermoplastic-overmolded thermoset composites parts

Thermoplastic overmolded thermosets, 2-minute cycle, one cell
Adhesive-free, functionalized hybrid composites enabled by industry-first, integrated molding cell.

carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) preform

JEC World 2019 preview: Institut für Textiltechnik at RWTH Aachen University
The Institute für Textiltechnik at RWTH Aachen University (ITA) and the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Construction (AZL, Aachen, Germany) will demonstrate expertise in glass fibers, preforms and textile concrete at their joint booth at JEC World 2019.

CFRP frames used in BMW i3 and Airbus Helicopters EC 135

Carbon fiber will enable air taxi eVTOLs
Aircraft and autos have indeed faced CFRP production woes, but new tech opens door for both.

FRP furniture

Study looks at composites in the furniture industry
AZL announces study aimed at understanding the selection process of furniture designers in order to bring composites to the market as an alternative to conventional materials.

Fast manufacturing of tailored composite blanks
AZL and 12 partner companies have completed a research project to develop a new machine prototype allowing increased speed for manufacturing tailored composite blanks.

thermoplastic tapes in injection molded parts

AZL and IKV explore thermoplastic tapes in injection molded parts
Study explores how thermoplastic tapes might reduce costs and increase performance of injection molded parts.

Michelman to partner with AZL Aachen GmbH
Michelman’s latest move is part of its partnership strategy to further advance and improve composite development throughout the industry.

iComposite 4.0 AZL Schuler press glass fiber spray deposition preform with local carbon fiber UD patches

iComposite 4.0 — cutting composites cost by 50%
An intelligent, integrated process using 3D fiber spraying, inline inspections/simulation and embedded RFID chips to cut scrap and rejections for structural HP-RTM epoxy parts.

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