FILL Gesellschaft mbH

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Audi A8 rear wall made from carbon fiber unidirectional tape

The markets: Automotive (2019)
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.

Fill Gesellschaft develops automation for composites production

Automated Preforming: Fill Gesellschaft
Fill automates preforming for 1-min cycle time overmolded thermoplastic automotive parts but supplies automation throughout aero- and autocomposites process chains.

High-volume autocomposites

Rear wall reboot: One-stop, tow to tape to CFRP part
Audi and Voith Composites iterate the CFRP rear wall from R8 sports car to A8 luxury sedan via an automated production line able to output hundreds of parts per day.

Thermoplastic composites: Past the tipping point?
The manufacturing world watched a decade ago as automatically placed thermoset composite tapes replaced aluminum in commercial airframes and made composites a household word in markets around the world. Has the time come for thermoplastic composite tapes to make a similar impact?

Fill multilayer carbon fibre 3D printer

Swinburne 4.0 test lab to feature Fill's multilayer printing technology
The centrepiece of Swinburne’s testlab is the world’s first industrial scale 3D printing “multilayer” approach to carbon fibre composite manufacture developed by Fill.

Rendering of Fill planned expansion.

Fill to expand Austrian production facility
Preforming machinery specialist Fill GmbH will expand its production facility, adding 5,000m2 for machine and systems assembly.

Five more exciting months in composites for 2017
As I write this column, we in the Northern Hemisphere are experiencing the “dog days of summer,” that period from early July until late August when outdoor temperatures and humidity are the highest, and, it seems, business activity is at its lowest.

Preforming goes industrial: Part 2
Automated preforming isn’t only for 2D and 2.5D parts. Innovators are taking successful aim at building 3D preforms at production speeds.

Preforming goes industrial: Part 1
ATL and AFP-based options now abound for processing dry and/or impregnated reinforcements as quickly as 1 minute or less with potential yearly part yields in the millions.

Preforms to parts via Quilted Stratum Process

Automated preforming: The numbers and landscape
CW’s multi-blog series on preforming begins with an overview and quick look at the numbers: 1-min takt time, 10-15 seconds per layer, 490-kg/hr and 3.5 million parts/yr. Are you ready for serial CFRP production?

JEC 2017 – Aiming for Industrialization
The exhibit floor in Paris reflected composites’ move toward high-rate and high-volume production.

Turnkey manufacturing systems: Materials, markets and maturation
Automated production cells promise affordability and less risk in scaling up composites production, but are they really the path forward?

Product Categories of FILL Gesellschaft mbH

Primary manufacturing equipment
  • Preform manufacturing equipment
  • Presses
    • Presses, compression molding
    • Presses, hydraulic
    • Presses, thermoforming/pressure forming
Auxiliary processing equipment, repair equipment, and supplies
  • Auxiliary processing equipment
    • CNC machining equipment (multiaxis)
Testing, gauging, monitoring, analytical equipment and software
  • NDI equipment
    • NDI equipment, ultrasonic
    • NDI equipment, X-ray