AZL Open Day presents lightweight processes and equipment


AZL and Partner Institutes present lightweight processes and equipment during AZL Open Day

On April 11, 2019, the 9 Partner Institutes of the AZL opened the doors of their machinery halls and research labs to provide an extensive and on-site insight into the research and development capacities in the field of lightweight production and composites at the RWTH Aachen Campus. As a special highlight of this year, the AZL presented the iComposite 4.0 self-optimizing process chain: fiber-spraying - dry fiber placement - adaptive RTM as well as AZL’s new prototype machine development Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine for highly productive and flexible processing of thermoplastic tapes with in-situ consolidation, see also AZL won JEC World Innovation Award 2019.

More than 100 Participants from external companies as well as from the AZL Network had the possibility to experience updates on the latest lightweight production technologies and equipment, get to know the benefital infrastructure on the Campus and network with internationally represented companies of the entire light-weight value chain researches by taking part in five guided tours to the lightweight institutes.

The AZL brought together content in the field of textiles, see ITA, plastics and composite materials, see IKV, production technology, see WZL, IPT, ILT, and ISF, quality assurance and production-integrated measurement technology WZL, lightweight design, see SLA, automotive production, see IKA, as well as multi-material systems and process integration.

Once a year at the Open Day, the AZL offers an exclusive and widespread unique insight into the R&D capacities of the institutes in the field of lightweight and composite technologies on the campus of RWTH Aachen University. Within walking distance, researchers and students from 9 institutes are working on the latest technologies for the cost-efficient development and production of lightweight components within one of the largest research landscapes in Europe. The research, closely involving industrial companies, covers the entire value chain from fiber production, materials and processing technology to quality assurance and component testing.