• New ENGEL Injection Molding System at AZL of RWTH Aachen University

    The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University is installing a new ENGEL injection molding system in its technical center. Engel Deutschland GmbH – in cooperation with the ENGEL Centre for Lightweight Composite Technologies in Austria – will install the 2-component injection molding system with turning plate and 17,000 kN clamping force in 2019. This machine setup is the basis for further developments of efficient inline-combination technologies using different kinds of polymer performance materials.

    The ENGEL injection molding system will enable innovative combinations of already established fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) processes and the development of new individual processes. The focus is on increasing resource efficiency in lightweight production. With the new equipment, new research and development initiatives can explore the more efficient use of materials, which are eventually the key to the mass production of lightweight components. The research will address multi-material systems, continuous processes, process chains as well as self-optimizing processes.

    Picture 1: From left to right: Dr. Norbert Müller (Head of the ENGEL Technology Centre for Lightweight Composites), Dr. Michael Emonts (Managing Director of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University), Rolf Saß (General Manager of ENGEL Deutschland GmbH) and Dr. Christoph Steger (Chief Sales Officer at ENGEL Holding). Copyright: ENGEL AUSTRIA

    Dr.-Ing. Michael Emonts, Managing Director of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) is looking forward to realizing new innovative lightweight production process with the new injection molding system: “This new injection molding system offers us as specialists for lightweight production technology in cooperation with the injection molding experts of the Institute of Plastics Processing – the IKV – the opportunity to establish hybrid processes for industrial lightweight applications. The system will expand our existing machinery in the AZL Technical Center and will be available as an important platform for lightweight production research at RWTH Aachen University.”

    Being a Partner of the AZL, ENGEL has already been working closely with the AZL for many years as a Partner Company of the AZL Partner Network. Dr. Stefan Engleder, CEO of the ENGEL Group, emphasizes the importance of close collaboration with technical universities and especially with the AZL: “The AZL provides great conditions for industry-related research activities in the field of lightweight composites as it is characterized by a strong interdisciplinary approach. It benefits from the great infrastructure and the collaboration with well-known institutes of the RTWH Aachen University. ENGEL is looking forward to working together with the AZL on developing efficient lightweight composite mass production processes.”

    In addition to the numerous composite and lightweight equipment at the RWTH Aachen Campus, the AZL Technical Center comprises large-scale equipment for the development of processes for lightweight production, such as a composite press from Schuler Pressen GmbH with 18,000 kN clamping force.

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    05. September 2018
  • Project on functionalized CFRP lightweight structures successfully completed Closing event of the BMBF’s “OPTO-Light” project: Photonics-enabled production of function-integrated CFRP lightweight structures made of dissimilar plastics

    The inter-disciplinary BMBF cooperation project “OPTO-Light” which started in 2014 was completed in February with a closing event.
    The project successfully developed a new process for the adhesive-free functionalization of perspectively for car body relevant epoxy-based CFRPs with thermoplastic fiber-reinforced plastics within a close-to-series production cell with cycle times of 2 minutes. Together with its project partners BMW AG, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH, ARGES GmbH, Precitec GmbH & Co. KG, Sensortherm GmbH and Zeiss Optotechnik GmbH, the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) proved this new process and its mechanical realization with a demonstrator part derived from the current BMW i3, a carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy resin shell element and glass fiber-reinforced PA6 ribbed structure. The AZL was involved in this development as the process- and system integrator.
    The potential of different process routes (with/without joining pretreatment) for integrated production were analyzed.
    For the first time, Prepreg Compression Molding was used in a conventional injection moulding machine (HPCM) and thus significantly increases the processing potential of epoxy-based CFRP in the plastics industry.

    The project partners were awarded with the AVK Innovation Award 2017 for the project results and the new process.

    During the closing event, the developed technologies of the research project have been presented thoroughly in the machine hall of AZL in Aachen. BMW AG emphasized the cost-potential of over 30% for future serial production.

    Watch the video summarizing the developed process and system technology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9HmgnuGQY0&

    The demonstrator, process video and experts will be present during JEC World at the AZL Composites in Action area in Hall 5A, C55. We invite you to visit us.

    February 27th 2018

  • 1st Award for connection of fiber-reinforced thermoset and thermoplastic material – Join the Final Meeting

    AZL and its project partners were awarded with the prestigious Innovation Award of the industry association AVK in the category “Research and Science” for “Photonics-enabled process chain for manufacturing functionally integrated thermosetting/thermoplastic hybrid components for automobile construction”.

    The project started in 2014 and used photonic procedure (e.g. laser heating, laser sublimation) lightweight components which are made of different FRP (thermoset combined with thermoplastic). The single integrative manufacturing cell for the first time enabled large-scale production. The process chain was carried out on a highly integrated manufacturing cell, and finally evaluated using the example of a structural automotive demonstrator of the BMW i3.

    On January 18th, 2018, the developed technologies of the research project will be presented thoroughly during a public final meeting in the technical laboratory of AZL in Aachen. In interdisciplinary cooperation with the companies BMW AG, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH, ARGES GmbH, Precitec GmbH & Co. KG, Sensortherm GmbH and Zeiss Optotechnik GmbH, the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) was involved in this development as the process- and system integrator.

    The program of the final meeting will include presentations of the project partners as well as a live demonstration of the process. Download the Save the Date Flyer of the final meeting.

    To join the public final meeting on January 18th, 2018, to register, please contact Mr. Stefan Schmitt.

    October 20th 2017

  • RWTH: The overall goal of the joint project "LightWeightTankMat" is to significantly reduce the weight of plastic fuel tanks for car applications.

    For this purpose a new lightweight material based on thermoplastic fiber-reinforced plastics is developed.
    Nowadays the required product properties, like increased stiffness at elevated temperatures or improved crash performance at low temperatures, can only be achieved by an increased use of material. The increased environmental awareness of the population and the increasingly stringent limits on CO2 emissions from cars to mitigate the consequences of climate change, requires the development of new lightweight tank concepts. Within the LightWeightTankMat project new material concepts are developed and analyzed for their potential and gradually optimized in process technology and simulative investigations. The production-ready implementation of the materials and process concept, is one major focus of the investigations in order to ensure a timely transfer of the results into operational practice.
    The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University is engaged in the project "LightWeightTankMat" to deal with the technical joining issues arising from the development of novel fuel tank. This includes the selection of suitable joining methods based on specific requirements of the material- and production-process-, the investigation and qualification of selected joining processes and the formulation of the resulting demands on component design and manufacturing process. An other tasks of the AZL is to assess the efficiency of the developed materials and component design and to show possibilities to transfer the technology into other industries. Moreover, in cooperation with the project partners, the respective developments are transferred into a production-based demonstrator.
    This project was funded by the Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE).

    September 30th 2016
  • OPTO-Light (BMBF) - Functionalization of CFRP Parts for Automotive Body
  • AZL: Joint Market and Technology Study „New Potentials for Composite Technologies in Buildings and Infrastructure”

    In November 2016, AZL in cooperation with AVK will start a Joint Market and Technology Study on “New Potentials for Composite Technologies in Buildings & Infrastructure”. Companies along the value chain of the composites as well as Buildings & Infrastructure market are invited to join. The study will comprise application analyses of 12 market segments, investigation of 100 applications, technology analyses of 25 highlight components and 10 detailed business cases.

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    September 12th, 2016

  • RWTH: Watch the new AZL video of the competencies at RWTH Aachen University
    March 3rd, 2016
  • RWTH: Im BMBF-Kooperationsprojekt "iComposite 4.0"kombiniert das AZL adaptive Preformingverfahren mit dem Hochdruck-RTM Verfahren in einer integrativen und selbstregulierenden Produktionsanlage zur Herstellung von FVK-Bauteilen in großen Stückzahlen.

    Die Ergebnisse des Forschungsvorhabens ermöglichen eine deutlich ressourceneffizientere, automatisierte und durchgängig qualitätsgesicherte Verarbeitung von faserverstärkten Kunststoffen und steigern somit die Akzeptanz dieser Werkstoffklasse für die breite Anwendung.
    Weitere Projektpartner sind die Schuler Pressen GmbH, die Siemens AG, die Frimo Sontra GmbH, die Toho Tenax Europe GmbH, die ID-Systec GmbH, die Apodius GmbH, die BA Composite GmbH und das Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung in Industrie und Handwerk (IKV).

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    01. Januar 2016

Integrative und selbstregulierende Produktionskette iComposite 4.0
  • AZL at JEC World 2016

    With regard to the upcoming JEC World 2016 Composites Show and Conference, AZL Aachen GmbH extended their partnership with the JEC Group in 2016.

    As part of the cooperation with the JEC Group, the AZL and its nine Partner Institutes will present their latest research results and trends for Composite 4.0 technologies on an exhibition area of 275 sqm. called Composites in action – Composite 4.0 – JEC Group in Partnership with AZL at this year’s JEC World 2016 in Paris.

    On the 10th of March the AZL dedicate a full day to Composite 4.0 - Innovations in Composite Production Technology in partnership with the JEC Group. The conference and presentations by AZL scientists are  accompanied by a networking lunch and guided tours with top executives to selected partner companies of the AZL network.

    This year’s JEC World 2016 takes place between the 8th and 10th of March and will be held in a new and larger Exhibition Center in Paris Nord Villepinte.
    Meet us at Hall 6 – Stand C80!

  • RWTH: Im BMBF-Projekt "Nano-DPP" arbeitet das AZL der RWTH Aachen in Kooperation mit dem Fraunhofer IPT an einer maßgeschneiderten Laser Wärmebehandlung für neue Anwendungen und erhöhte Produktivität beim Thermoplast-Tapelegen

    Übergeordnetes Ziel des Projektes ist die Erarbeitung von Grundlagenwissen zur gezielten Anpassung der Strahlungsintensitätsverteilungen beim laserbasierten Thermoplast-Tapelegen zur Herstellung von kohlenstoff- und glasfaserverstärkten Bauteilen. Herausforderungen des Projektes sind unter anderem die Integration der im Vorhaben entwickelten Systemtechnik, Algorithmen sowie Prozessparametern in Demonstratoraufbauten. Die Untersuchungen zur Anpassung von Temperatur- bzw. Intensitätsverteilung im Prozess stellen einen bedeutenden Schritt auf dem Weg der Entwicklung eines bauteil- und werkstoffangepassten Tapelegens dar.

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    23. Oktober 2014
VCSEL unterstütztes Tapewickeln
  • AZL: In the interdisciplinary BMBF cooperation project "OPTO-Light", the connection of fiber-reinforced thermosets and thermoplastics is to be implemented for the first time in large-scale production in the automotive industry.

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    March 27th, 2014
OPTO-Light process chain
BMW i3 CFK-Life-Cell, Copyright: BMW Group
Participants of the Kick-Off meeting, March 21th, 2014, KraussMaffei Technologies, Munich
  • JEC 2014 trade fair: Innovative tape laying head designated as best process innovation
    Press release March 11th, 2014

  • NRW innovation award 2014 goes to Professor Hopmann (IKV, AZL)
    Press release March 10th, 2014
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  • Strategic alliance between Schuler AG and AZL (Aachen Center for integrative lightweight production)
    Press release March 7th, 2014
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  • Two SAMPE-Innovation awards
    At 20th National Symposium for the first time SAMPE Deutschland e.V. awarded  both prizes to one insitute – the IKV.
    The winner are the present-day AZL research engineer and former IKV student Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Sebastian Stender and IKV research engineer Ms. Regina Riegel, M.Sc.
    Press release February 19th, 2014
Two SAMPE-Innovation awards 2014 to IKV (picture: Institut für Flugzeugbau, Universität Stuttgart)
  • TenCate Advanced Composites, leading supplier for thermoplastic and thermoset composites continues his AZL partnership
    Press release Februar 6th, 2014

AZL-Press conference, JEC-Paris, 2013
AZL Press conference, JEC-Paris, 2013
  • Kick-Off Meeting, AZL Markt- & Technologiestudie,
    Aachen, 06.02.2013
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Schmachtenberg, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Brecher, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hopmann
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Schmachtenberg, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Brecher, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hopmann (left to the right)
Kick-Off Meeting, Manfred-Weck Haus, Aachen
  • Buildings of Integrative Production Technology Cluster at RWTH Aachen University Campus
    Pictures: Architekturbüro Henn, Capricorn Developmentent
Architekturbüro Henn, Capricorn Development
Buildings of Integrative Production Technology Cluster at RWTH Aachen University Campus
Architekturbüro Henn, Capricorn Development
Buildings of Integrative Production Technology Cluster at RWTH Aachen University Campus
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