Virtual meetings: AZL network expands lightweight cooperation in interactive video conferences

3 June 2020 News

Since 2013, the AZL partner community has been working on lightweight technologies and applications in regular meetings and projects in a trusting and pre-competitive environment. In recent weeks, the established cooperation has also proved its worth in virtual form – in more than 10 interactive video conferences, 50 to 101 participants each exchanged knowledge and[…]

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AZL develops new solutions to further establish SMC in broad industrial applications

AZL works on two projects that enhance the knowledge about SMC material characteristics and a new process combination driven by the requirements to reduce the production costs of lightweight components. As of right now a material data bank and standard methodology to determine the characteristic values for SMC processing and simulation is missing massively. AZL[…]

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New production technology development for the continuous production of composite-based LED lightening panels

AZL RWTH develops an integrated process chain for cost-effective and energy-efficient production of electrically and optically functionalized fiber composites in the project “Konfutius” by the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE). The prices for LED paneling are quite low, so German producers are challenged to compete with the international market. Therefore, the German production process needs new[…]

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The new AZL Double-Belt-Press with energy efficient inductive heating is available for material processing trials (consolidation and impregnation trials) – Current follow-up project is still open to join

2 June 2020 News

The “Inductive Double-Belt-Press” follow-up project is open to join to get insights into the development and usage of the optimized machine. The project comprises the upgrade and optimization of the system for advanced material and processing studies. The double-belt-press machine has been exclusively developed by AZL together with industrial partners – from the idea on[…]

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AZL Business+ Partner Johns Manville collaborates with AZL using project vouchers

4 May 2020 News

AZL has introduced the new partnership model Business+ last year, which facilitates AZL Partners Companies to finance individual projects for business and technology development in lightweight from an included budget. The Business+ Partnership provides a voucher system with an individually defined budget starting from 20 work days per year. Business+ partners can either join existing[…]

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Product Cost Benchmarking – the new AZL format was introduced with a first workgroup meeting on February 27th, 2020

5 March 2020 News

At the end of February, the AZL founded the new workgroup “Product Cost Benchmarking”, in which more than 80 partner companies regularly analyze target markets and applications for composite-based multi-material technologies together with experts from the RWTH Aachen University as a basis for their joint technology developments. Even before the workgroup was founded, the AZL[…]

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Cost-effective, continuous production of multi-layer laminates with high flexibility – Prototype upgrade

13 January 2020 News

The Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine which was developed within a Joint Partner Project by AZL, is now up and running for automated, continuous tailored blank manufacturing using thermoplastic fibre reinforced tapes. The UItra-Fast Consolidator Machine offers both high flexibility and mass production capability of tailored composite thermoplastic laminates with reduced scrap. Fully consolidated multi-layer laminates with[…]

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JEC WORLD 2020 Paris – save efforts and costs by showcasing your company at the AZL booth

The AZL offers again the possibility exclusively to its Partner Companies to be embedded in the AZL area at JEC WORLD 2020 in Paris with a booth, which is a unique opportunity to highlight the diversity and the know-how of their company towards the international composites community. This top-rated service by the AZL enables Sponsoring[…]

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AZL is addressing the material selection in SMC, injection molding with tapes, non-destructive in-line measurement and multi-model and multi-material systems in 2020

The AZL team is already working on the content for the starting projects in 2020. Four new projects will be starting in the first half of the year: A Follow-Up Project of the accomplished project for “Thermoplastic Tapes for SME Injection Molders” with 20 participating companies, a benchmark on selected “Inline Measurement Systems”, “Marketing and[…]

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AZL demonstrated an intelligent digitalized production system for large scale series production of RTM parts

The AZL and IKV together with seven project partners have successfully completed the project iComposite 4.0. The Objective of the research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), was the development of a knowledge-based production system for the manufacture of hybrid FRP components. The multi-material approach used makes it possible[…]

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