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Development of Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine and Inductive Double-Belt Press will be carried out further this year

26 February 2021 News AZL Admin

 

AZL is looking forward to tie in with two projects that as a result have brought a machine to life, and to evolve them in a follow-up project.

Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine

This machine makes it possible: 5 seconds to produce a fully consolidated multi-layer composite laminate with different fiber directions and minimized scrap.

The technology demonstrated with its Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine, is patented by AZL and developed with 12 industrial partners cooperating during two projects and has won the JEC Award in 2019.

The individualized mass production capability is accomplished by a combination of laser-assisted tape placement with in-situ consolidation and a piece-flow principle, which is state of the art in the printing industry but has not been used in such a way within composite production.

With being scalable; multiple application stations can be added; the Ultra-fast Consolidator Machine also offers high flexibility besides being cost-effective and producing laminates in high volumes.

The follow-up on this project will address the influence of substrate pre-heating in a first module and then further dive into the comparison of heating systems in a second module including trials for both modules.

The project will foreseeably kick-off in mid-April and is open to join. 

 

Get a first impression of the machine here:

 

For more information on the project please get in touch with Alexander Knauff.

 

Inductive Double-Belt-Press

AZL is also looking forward to a project following up the development of a double-belt-press which is starting this year as well. The low-cost, scalable and efficient machine has been developed by AZL and its industrial partners cooperating in three previous project phases already.

The inductive double-belt system consolidates and impregnates a wide variety of composite materials in a highly flexible process. All parameters such as pressure and temperature can be adjusted within minutes.

The follow-up on this project will address the further increase of the maximum temperature >300°C and combine the isobaric functionality with additional isochoric functionality. Furthermore, various process investigations will be conducted especially regarding the resulting impregnation or consolidation qualities.

 

Get a first impression of the machine here:

 

 

For more information on the project please get in touch with Alexander Knauff.

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